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Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle


Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle

Phone: (609) 771-3231


Office: Bliss Hall 229

Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle (Ph.D. Wayne State University) specializes in 20th and 21st century Multiethnic and Inter-American literature and autobiographical studies with specific interest in narratives of exile, immigration, and dictatorship throughout the Americas. She teaches courses on and literary theory and Latino/a literature in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her book, Américanas, Autocracy and Autobiographical Innovation: Overwriting the Dictator is forthcoming with Routledge Press. She is currently at work on a monograph about academic career narratives as a genre capable of social justice-centered forms of intellectual fellowship in and activism in the academy. This work is tentatively titled Life’s Work: Career Narrative as Institutional Autobiography.

Other Recent Publications:

  • · a/b: Auto/biography Studies, Special Forum “Concealing and Revealing in Auto/biographical Texts,” co-edited with Laura Beard, Forthcoming (2019)
  • · “‘The Place My Grandmother Made’: Diaspora Genealogy in Michelle Cliff’s Abeng and No Telephone to Heaven” forthcoming in Life Writing Annual (2018)
  • · “Impossible Autobiography: For Phillippe Lejeune,” Journal of European Life Writing, Special Issue: “Festscrift for Phillippe Lejeune,” (2018)
  • · “Autobiographical DNA: Movement as Survival in Dictatorship of the Americas,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Special Issue: “Autobiographical Movement in the Americas,” (2018)
  • · “Milk Poems and Blood Poems: Womanhood, Embodiment, and The New Nicaraguan Woman,” special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, (2018)
  • · “Distinguished Ladies” and the Doctrine of Womanhood: Auto-surveillance and Auto-performance in Diamela Eltit’s E. Luminata, The Journal of European Life Writing (2016)