Charlotte Rogers

Assistant Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 439
Office Hours:
Monday 10:30am-11:45am & Wednesday 1:00pm-1:45pm and by appointment & Fridays Appointment Only

Research Summary

Charlotte Rogers is Assistant Professor of Spanish.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Barnard College.   Her area of specialty is twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin America, with a comparative focus on representations of the tropics in literature and culture.  Her first book, Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2012.  In 2014 Professor Rogers was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and in 2015 Princeton University awarded her a Library Research Grant. She teaches courses on twentieth- and twenty-first century  Latin American literature and culture.  Her current research project, “Mourning El Dorado in Contemporary Fiction from the Americas,” examines the resurgence of the legend of El Dorado in contemporary Latin American fiction.  Before coming to UVA, Professor Rogers taught at Hamilton College and George Mason University.


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A., Yale University

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University



In print: Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012.

Reviewed in:

Gómez, Leila. Modernism/ modernity. 20.1 (January 2013): 141-143.

Handley, George. Hispanic Review. (Winter 2014): 119-122.

Kaup, Mónica. MLN. 129. 2 (March 2014): 460-464.

Martínez-Pinzón, Felipe. E-misférica, Hemispheric Institute. 10.1 (Winter 2013).

Moore, Charles. Hispania. 96. 4 (December 2013): 796-798.

Wylie, Lesley. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Vol 47. 2 (June 2014): 413-414. Online.

In progress: Mourning El Dorado in Contemporary Fiction from the Americas.  

Examines the themes of mourning and nostalgia for the legend of El Dorado in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Latin American novels about the South American forest.


“‘El ágora entre manglares:’ la arquitectura griega en El siglo de las luces de Alejo Carpentier.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Forthcoming in 2017.

“Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado.” In Eds. Javiar Urriarte and Felipe Martínez Pinzón. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.  Forthcoming in 2017.

“Mario Vargas Llosa and the novela de la selva.” Forthcoming from the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 2016.          

“‘La selva no tiene nada de inesperado:’ Amazonian Disillusionment in La Nieve del Almirante by Alvaro Mutis.” Orillas. 4 (2015). Online.

“Guillotina y fiesta en El siglo de las luces.MLN. 128.2 (March 2013) 335-351.

El órfico ensalmador: Ethnography and Shamanism in Alejo Carpentier’s Los pasos perdidos.Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 35.2 (September 2011). 351-372.

“Carpentier, Collecting, and lo barroco americano.Hispania. 94:2 (June 2011). 240-251.

“Medicine, Madness, and Writing in La vorágine.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). 87.2 (January 2010): 89-108.

Published Interview:

“The Lost Cities of the Amazon: A Conversation with Milton Hatoum.” World Literature Today. September-October 2014. 34-37.


“La mirada invernocular: clima y cultura en Colombia (1808-1924).” by Felipe Martínez-Pinzón.  Doctoral Dissertation, New York University, 2012.  Dissertation Reviews. Oct. 2013:

Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism by Domingo F. Sarmiento, trans. Kathleen Ross. Review: Latin American Literature and Arts. Nov. 2004: 302-304.