María Esparza Rodríguez

PhD Student
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Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia, expected 2019
M.A., Spanish, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware, 2014
B.A., Spanish Studies and Psychology, University of Delaware, 2012


“Gender and/in Literature: Mexican women writers and the politics of canonicity in 20 th and 21 st century literary production” (working title)

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • Canon formation
  • Literary and critical theory
  • New narrative
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender studies
  • Mexican history
  • Mexican historiography


  • Composition 1 (Spanish 3010): Fall 2016, Spring 2017
  • Writing Center Advisor: Fall 2016
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Intermediate Spanish: Summer 2016
  • Business Spanish: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
  • Intermediate Spanish: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015
  • Residential Advisor/Ambassador to students from China: Summer 2015
  • Panamá Bilingüe Community Advisor and Ambassador: Spring 2015


“El comportamiento del protagonista y la creación de la identidad nacional mexicana en La muerte de Artemio Cruz” in Camarena Castellanos, Ricardo, ed. Octavio Paz: laberintos del poeta y ensayista. 15 perspectivas críticas. Toronto: Antares
Publishing, 2016.
My Beautiful Nicaragua. Dir. Joyce Chopra. Perf. Edelsin Linette Mendez. BYkids Film Production, 2017. DVD.


“Terror contemporáneo: Vulnerabilidad y dinámicas de poder en Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit” MIFLC, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016.

“Defensa y promoción”; Collaborative paper with Michelet McLean, Matthew Richey, Astrid Lorena Ochoa, and Gonzalo Hernández-Baptista: Roundtable on Advocacy: SALALM LXI, “Nuestro norte es el sur”: Mapping Resistance and Resilience in Latin

American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, May 9 – May 13, 2016.

“Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory”: Seminar member and participant. University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. June 22 nd -July 3 rd , 2015.

“Effective error correction in written assessments in the Foreign Language classroom: Spanish 2010”; Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom: Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, November 21 st , 2014.

“El comportamiento del protagonista y la creación de la identidad nacional mexicana en La muerte de Artemio Cruz”; Octavio Paz: Labyrinths of the Poet 2014: International Colloquium, Ottawa, Canada, March 28-29, 2014.

Grants & Awards

University of Virginia, Office of the Dean Travel Fellowship: Summer 2015

University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship: Fall 2013/Spring 2014

University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship: Fall 2012/Spring2013

Sigma Delta Pi: 2011

Aspira Award of Excellence: May 2006