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Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle

Associate Professor

Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle

Phone: (609) 771-3231


Office: Bliss Hall 229

Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle (Ph.D. Wayne State University) specializes in 20th-century Multiethnic and Inter-American literature and autobiographical studies with specific interest in narratives of exile, immigration, and dictatorship throughout the Americas and their Diaspora.  She regularly teaches courses on Latino/a/x literature in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She is currently completing a book about Latina and Latin American women’s life writing on dictatorship tentatively titled Overwriting the Dictator: Americanas, Autocracy and Autobiographical Innovation.

Selected Publications

  • “Re-membering the Past: Weaving Tales of Loss in Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak!. ” The Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS) special issue on Edwidge Danticat (2001)
  • “‘Becoming a Butterfly’: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies as Autoethnography,” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (Winter 2005)
  • “Tales of Cultural Inheritance in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones,” Short Story Criticism, Jelena Krstovic, ed. (2007)
  • “Julia Alvarez and the Autobiographical Antojo,Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez, Emily Hipchen and Rebecca Harrison eds.  (SUNY 2013)
  • “‘The Place My Grandmother Made’: Diaspora Genealogy in Michelle Cliff’s Abeng and No Telephone to Heaven” forthcoming in Life Writing Annual (2016).
  • “Distinguished Ladies” and the Doctrine of Womanhood: Auto-surveillance and Auto-performance in Diamela Eltit’s E. Luminata, forthcoming in The Journal of European Life Writing (2016).