Elena Machado Sáez (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Staging Activism in US Latinx Theater

John G. Medlin, Jr. Fellowship, 2022–23

Professor of English; John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University

Elena Machado Sáez is professor of English and John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature at Bucknell University where she teaches courses on contemporary American, US Latinx, and Caribbean diaspora literatures. She earned her PhD in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her undergraduate degree in English from Fordham University.

She has published several essays about Lin-Manuel Miranda, including “Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of US Latinx Twitter,” in archipelagos and “Blackout on Broadway: Affiliation and Audience in In the Heights and Hamilton” in Studies in Musical Theater. Her most recent publication, “Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok,” appears in TikTok Cultures in the United States (2022), edited by Trevor Buffone.

She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2015). The book analyzes historical fiction by Caribbean diasporic authors in Britain, Canada, and the United States as part of a global literary trend that addresses the relationship between ethnic writers and their audiences. Machado Sáez argues that the novels address intimacy and ethics in relation to readership by focusing on how gender and sexuality represent sites of contestation in the formulation of Caribbean identity and history.

Machado Sáez is also coauthor of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), which discusses how Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican literatures challenge established ideas about the relationship between politics and the market. Her website can be found here.

Selected Publications

Market Aesthetics

  • Machado Sáez, Elena. “Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok.” In TikTok Cultures in the US, edited by Trevor Buffone, 117–25. Routledge Focus on Digital Media and Culture Series. New York: Routledge, 2022.
  • Machado Sáez, Elena. “In Pursuit of Property and Forgiveness: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and In the Heights.” In Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies: A Reader, edited by Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa, 332–43. New York: New York University Press, 2021.
  • Machado Sáez, Elena. “Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of US Latinx Twitter.” Archipelagos 4 (March 2020).
  • Machado Sáez, Elena. Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction. New World Studies Series, Modern Language Initiative. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
  • Dalleo, Raphael and Elena Machado Sáez. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
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