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Guadalupe Martí-Peña

Teaching Professor of Spanish

350 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9506


I specialize in Spanish American Contemporary Narrative and Cultural/Literary Critical Theory. Before coming to Penn State I taught at University of Washington (1984-1987), University of Denver (1987-1988), Michigan State University and at Paris III-Sorbone Nouvelle (1996-1997).

My books include Ilusionismo verbal en Elogio de la madrastra y Los cuadernos de Rigoberto de Mario Vargas Llosa (West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2014), where I argue that by referring to theatrical, pictorial, and mystical patterns Vargas Llosa entices us to experience, along with his characters, the unreal as real, the dream as reality, the magic of fiction as an empowering act. The publication of my first book Manuel Puig ante la crítica. Bibliografía analítica y comentada (1968-1996) lead me to participate in research institutes (CRICCAL-Paris & Research Group on Manuel Puig-Buenos Aires) and to collaborate in the critical edition of El beso de la mujer araña, under the direction of José Amícola y Jorge Panesi (Colección Archivos, París: UNESCO, 2002).

I have published three essays in collective books: “El protagonismo del lenguaje en Nemo, de Gonzalo Hidalgo Bayal” (La tradición cultural hispánica en una Sociedad global (Kyra A. Kietrys et al. eds., Cáceres, España: Universidad de Extremadura, 2020); “Presencia/Ausencia y Différance en Elogio de la madrastra y Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto de Mario Vargas Llosa” (Pol Popovic Karic and Fidel Chávez Pérez, eds., Mario Vargas Llosa: perspectivas críticas, Monterrey, México: Tecnológico de Monterrey 2010) y “La huella de Manuel Puig” (Israel Morales Saavedra, ed., El mundo femenino en la obra de Manuel Puig, Monterrey, México: Universidad de Nuevo León, 2008). My articles and book reviews on Spanish American Literature have appeared in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, The Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispamérica, Romace Notes, Chasqui. Texto Crítico and Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía.

My current research focuses on the novels of Gonzalo Hidalgo Bayal (1950, Higuera de Albalat, Cáceres, Spain) by analyzing the ways in which his self-reflective language makes itself highly visible in a fading and meaningless world.