Department of Hispanic Studies
The University of Houston
416 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3062
(713) 743-3007

 

Maria Elena Soliño, Ph.D.

Maria Elena Solino

 Maria Elena Soliño, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and Film

 Office: 420 AH

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Education

  • Yale University, New Haven, CT.
    • Ph.D. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, May 1993.
    • M. Phil. in Spanish Literature, May 1990.
    • M.A. in Spanish Literature, December 1989.
  • Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.
    • A.B. magna cum laude January 1987, Major: Spanish (with Honors)
  • Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos: Bryn Mawr College Summer Program in Madrid, 1985.

Academic Appointments

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Department of Hispanic Studies, Associate Professor, (2002-present), Director of Undergraduate Studies (2007-2009), Assistant Professor (1995-2002).
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Visiting Assistant Professor (1993-1995).
  • THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, Department of Modern Languages, Visiting Assistant Professor (1992–1993).

Teaching and Research Interests

    • Spanish Literature from the XVIII – XXI Centuries
    • Spanish Film
    • The Intersections Between Literature and the Visual Arts
    • Spanish Cultural Studies
    • Women’s Studies
    • Sephardic Studies

    Courses Taught

    Undergraduate

      • Literature and the Visual Arts in Modern Spain
      • Survey of Modern Spanish Literature
      • Hispanic Female Film Directors
      • Civilization and Culture of Spain (Core – Humanities)
      • Screen Memories: Spanish Culture Through Film (Core – VPA)
      • Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Core – WID)
      • Fundamentals of English/Spanish Translation

      Graduate

        • Post-totalitarian Spanish Fictions
        • The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Spain’s Literary Struggles with Modernity
        • Civilization and Culture of Spain
        • Revisions of Early Spanish Texts in Modern Literature and Film
        • The Recuperation of Historical Memory in Post-Franco Spain
        • Spanish Women Writers and the Feminist Traditions

        Awards

        • Winner of the University of Houston Provost’s Core Teaching Excellence Award, 2011.
        • Winner of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Teaching Excellence Award, 2000 

        Dissertations Directed

          • Carmen Bárcenas. “Cuerpo femenino, género y sexualidad en las novelas de la transición de Rosa Montero: Crónica del desamor, La función delta, y Te trataré como a una reina." (completed 2007) Assistant Professor, North Harris County College.
          • Craig Dennison. "Insincere and Unfaithful: An Examination of the Devout Women of Clarín." (completed Dec. 2008) Assistant Professor, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.
          • Ana María Touza Medina. “Manuel Rivas: Una revolución en la literatura contemporánea gallega y más allá.” (completed May 2009) Assistant Professor, Denver Metropolitan State University.
          • Carmen Blanco-Flynn. "Hispanic Antigone: Myth, Gender and Representation.” (completed December 2011) Dubai International University.
          • Helena Talaya. “La Luna, reflejo de la nueva expresion cultural en la Espana posfranquista. Narrativas de la imagen en La Movida madrileña de los 80.” (completed December 2011) Assitant Professor, Oxford College of Emory University.
          • Sylvia Verónica Morín. “Silent Sirens and Reticent Revenants: Reconceptualizations of the Femme Fatale in Twentieth-Century Spanish and Mexican Women’s Fictions.” (completed May 2012).
          • Stella Cruz-Romero. “Esta es otra Historia: Ciudad y locura en Nadie me verá llorar de Cristina Rivera Garza.” (completed Summer 2012).

          Selected Publications

          Books

            • Women and Children First: Spanish Women Writers and the Fairy Tale Tradition. Potomac, MD: Scripta Humanistica, 2002.
            • Book manuscript in progress: Rescripting the Everpresent Past: Representations of History in Spanish Film.
            • Book manuscript in progress: Remembering Sepharad: Spain’s Jewish Legacy in Modern Peninsular Literature.

            Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

              • “Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Sefarad: History on the Margins of a Century of Expulsions.” Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura (CIEHL) monographic issue “La novela española desde 1975”. Vol. 16: Fall 2011, 103-112. 
              •  “Emigration, War, and a Case of Collective Madness in the Forging of a Galician National Consciousness: Manuel Rivas Rewrites Emilia Pardo Bazán’s ‘Las medias rojas’.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica: Hysteria, Hallucination and Madness in Hispanic Literature, vol. XXVI, 2010, pgs. 116-131. 
              •  “Revealing Beauty / Revealing History in El sueño de Venecia.” Hispanic Review, v. 76, no. 4, Autumn 2008, pgs. 335-359. 
              • “Escaping Toledo’s History of Repression: Painting as Therapy in Iciar Bollaín’s Te doy mis ojos.Letras Peninsulares. Special Issue, Urban Imaginaries: Representations of the City in Peninsular Literature and Film, v 21.1, Spring 2008, 33-51. 
              • “Madness as Nationalistic Spectacle: Doña Juana and the Myths of Nineteenth-Century Historical Painting.” in Juana of Castile: History and Myth of the Mad Queen. Co-edited by Santiago Juan-Navarro, Phyllis Zatlin, and María A. Gómez. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2008, pgs. 175-197. 
              •  “La iconografía de Juana la Loca: representaciones de la locura femenina en pintura, teatro y cine.” Lecturas:Imágenes Revista de Poética de la Imagen, #4, Sept. 2005, pgs. 248-266. 
              • “When Wendy Grew Up: The Importance of Peter Pan in Ana María Matute's Primera memoria and Esther Tusquets's El mismo mar de todos los veranos.” Post/Imperial Encounters: Anglo-Hispanic Cultural Relations. Ed. Isabel Carrera Suárez and Juan E. Tazón. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi Editions, 2004, pgs.171-182.
              •  “Los Cuentos de Hadas de Carmen Martín Gaite: La Voz Femenina Domina al Lobo de la Tradición.” Carmen Martín Gaite: Cuento de nunca acabar/Never-Ending Story. Edited by Kathleen Glenn and Lissette Rolón Collazo. Boulder:  Society for Spanish and Spanish American Studies, 2003, pgs. 197-213. 
            • “From Perrault Through Disney to Fina Torres: Cinderella Learns Spanish and Talks Back in
            • Celestial Clockwork.” Letras Femeninas,XXVII, no. 2, noviembre 2001, pgs. 68- 84.
            • “Colorín, Colorado, este cuento todavía no se ha acabado: Martín Gaite, Matute, y Tusquets ante los cuentos de hadas.” Actas del Primer Congreso Internacional de Narrativa Española en lengua castellana: Mujeres novelistas en el panorama literario del siglo XX. Ed. Marina Villalba Álvarez. Toledo: Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, 2000, pgs.189-199.
            •  “La Restauración de la imagen materna en El Pájaro de la felicidad de Pilar Miró.Foro Hispánico: Revista Hispánica de los Paises Bajos, Monographic Issue, Ibero-América y el cine. no.10, May 1996, pgs. 41-51.
            •  “Peaceful Warriors: Dolores Medio's Diario de una maestra and Josefina R. Aldecoa's Historia de una maestra.Letras peninsulares, Fall1995, pgs. 27-38.

            Encyclopedia Articles

            • “Children’s Literature in Spain: 1900 to Present.” World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. Eds. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. ABC-CLIO, 2011, pgs. 184-188.
            •  “Borita Casas.” Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature, ed. Janet Pérez and Maureen Ihrie. CT: Greenwood Press, 2002, pgs. 108-110.
            • “Fairy Tales in Novels by Spanish Women.” Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature, ed. Janet Pérez and Maureen Ihrie. CT: Greenwood Press, 2002, pgs. 222-225.

            Episodes of the Public Radio Program The Engines of our Ingenuity

            Episodes of the Public Radio Program The Engines of our Ingenuity funded by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation. Co-investigator with Enrique Barbieri (Professor Engineering Technology Department) and Aymará Boggiano (Dept. of Hispanic Studies.) To translate into Spanish the public radio program The Engines of our Ingenuity and to create teaching materials in Spanish based on the scientific content of the program in order to encourage minority students to enter STEM fields. $90,500. 2011 and renewed for 2012.

            Website for episodes translated into Spanish: http://www.uh.edu/engines/episodes-spanish.html

            My original episodes:

            • “Carlos Finlay: The Cuban Who Helped Defeat Yellow Fever.” http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2795.htm
            • Co-authored with Steven Mintz:  “The Birth Control Pill’s Tangled History.” http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2793.htm
            • Co-authored with Steven Mintz:  “The Ups and Downs of the Yo-Yo.”

            http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2796.htm

              Conference Presentations in the Past 3 years

                • “The Rebellious Lens: Conchita Montenegro and Ana Mariscal Confront Francoist Cinematic Practices.” Between Earth and Cyberspace: XXII Annual Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids. Nov. 8-10, 2012.
                • “From Blue Shirts to Aprons: Representations of Femininity in Early Postwar Film.” Symposium on Modern Spanish Culture. Texas State University, San Marcos. Sept. 27, 2012. (invited)
                • “Ana Mariscal: la inversión del punto de vista del cine franquista.” First Gynocine Conference: Mujeres, Dones and Cinema.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Oct. 27-29, 2011.
                •  “Staging Childhood: The Image of Shattered Youth in ¡Ay Carmela! and Pájaros de Papel.” Cine-Lit. Portland State University, Feb. 24-26, 2011.
                • “Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Sepharad: History on the Margins of a Century of Expulsions” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature – Washington University. St. Louis, October. 28-30, 2010, and Modern Language Association, Jan. 6-8, 2011.
                • “Internacional Cooperation or Neo-Colonialism?: Visions of the Spanish Tourism Industry in María Novaro’s Sin dejar huella.” XX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica – University of Texas. Austin, October 14-16, 2010.
                • “Visions of the Spanish Tourism Industry’s Incursion into Mexico in María Novaro’s Sin dejar huella: Memories of Colonies Lost and Now Reconquered.” Memory in World Cinema – University of Texas. San Antonio, September 24-25, 2010.
                • Sin dejar huella de Maria Novaro: ¿Neo-Colonialismo en voz femenina?” Trans-Acciones: Dos siglos de intercambios culturales entre América Latina y España. Through the University of Birmingham. Castro Urdiales, Spain, July 1-3, 2010.
                • “La censura de Rojo y negro: Mujeres al borde de un ataque franquista.” Festival y Seminario en Torno al Cine Sobre la Guerra Civil Española. El Centro Español de Recursos en Rice University, April 30, 2010. (invited)
                • "Projecting Dreams of Empire: Franco-Era Attempts at a Cultural Reconquista." Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film - El imaginario geográfico y el cine hispano. Tulane University. New Orleans, November 4 - 6, 2009.
                • “Esther Tusquets y las fronteras de la memoria: Ficciones autobiográficas en Confesiones de una editora poco mentirosa y Habíamos ganado la guerra.” XIX Congreso de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales-Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Quito, Ecuador, October 1 – 4, 2009.
                • “From Marisol to Pan's Labyrinth: Visions of Wartime Trauma Through the Eyes of Spanish Girls.”  Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth: Children at Risk/Children Taking Risks: Historical Inquiries in International Perspective. The University of California at Berkeley, July 10 - 12, 2009.