Jacqueline Álvarez-Rosales, 2021–22

Project Title:

Discourses around the African Diaspora in Bolivia: From the Colonial Period to the Dawn of the National Life

Mellon-HBCU Fellowship, 2021-22

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Spelman College

Alvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Álvarez-Rosales is associate professor of Spanish and former chair of the department of World Languages and Cultures at Spelman College. She is also a member of the Honors and the African Diaspora and the World programs.

Originally from Bolivia, she received her MA and PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Vanderbilt University, respectively. She has served as referee and article reviewer for the Afro Hispanic Review, JMMLA, and PALARA. She was also invited to be a member of the Blue- Ribbon Commission “Engaging Africans and their Descendants in Andean Studies” by the Instituto of Andean Studies (IAS), where she currently serves as a member of the Ñawpa Pacha Journal Advisory Editorial Board. She is also a member of the Award Book Committee for the College Language Association (CLA).

Álvarez-Rosales' areas of research are Afro Hispanic literature, Afro Andean literature, colonial literature in the Andes, and colonial and contemporary literature of Equatorial Guinea. She works with topics related to the African diaspora in the Andes, discourses on nation building, race and identities, the portrayal of ethnic relations in colonial historiography and literature, discourses on the colonial subject and the colonial “other,” and subversive and subverted discourses.

Her first book Los agravios de la letra. La letra colonial y la formación de la alteridad afro-andina [s. XVI, XVII y XIX];   Grieving Words: Colonial Writing and the Construction of the Afro-Andean Otherness, 16th, 17th , 19th  centuries. (Peter Lang Publishers, 2016), deals with how the African descendant population has been portrayed in different colonial texts and, most importantly, how these texts expose instances in which the colonial discourse is questioned and even reverted. At the National Humanities Center, she is working on her second manuscript, tentatively entitled Discourses around the African Diaspora in Bolivia: from the Colonial Periods to the Dawn of the National Life. Her project aims to trace the discursive archeology around the Black population in Bolivia by examining different texts from different periods: religious, literary, historical, and legal texts and textual production during the colonial period up to the early national life. It also intends to reflect on the relations between the Black and the Indigenous communities and the influence of/to one another departing from Indigenous and African concepts and epistemologies.

Selected Publications

Los agravios de la letra

  • Álvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline. “Transgresión e inversión en el discurso colonial. El sujeto colonial negro en el diario espiritual de la mística afroperuana Úrsula de Jesús (Perú, siglo XVII).” Revista Iberoamericana 84 no. 262 (2018): 103-18.
  • Álvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline. De la letra y sus agravios. La letra colonial y la formación de la alteridad afro-andina [s. XVI, XVII y XIX]. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016.
  • Álvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline. “Subversión, ficción, inversión del orden colonial y ambivalencia discursiva en la Verdadera descripción y relación larga de la provincia y tierra de las Esmeraldas, de Miguel Cabello de Balboa.” In Autores y Actores del mundo colonial: nuevos enfoques disciplinarios, edited by Veronica Salles-Reese, and Carmen Fernández-Salvador, 51-60. Washington, DC: Georgetown University, 2008.
  • Álvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline. “Formación de la alteridad afro-andina en el discurso legal del Alto Perú. Estudio del proceso criminal contra Francisco Ríos, alias el Quitacapas.” Afro Hispanic Journal (Spring 2007): 9-31.
  • Álvarez-Rosales, Jacqueline. “Nación and narración: Representación de negros, mulatos y zambos en la novela boliviana decimonónica Juan de la Rosa.” Bolivian Studies Journal 12 (2005): 34-47.
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