Maria M. Carrion
Professor of Spanish
Professor Carrion's primary area of scholarship is gender studies in the Spanish and European Early Modern periods, particularly in relation to religion, mysticism, architecture, literature, marriage, theater, and the law. She is especially interested in the intersections of gender, race, and performance during the 16th and 17th centuries. Her first book, Arquitectura y cuerpo en la figura autorial de Teresa de Jesús (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1994) argued for a reading of a gendered, womanly body as the buttress of the Spanish Carmelite nun's literary figuration of an authority of her own in architectural and mystical matters. Her second book, Subject Stages. Marriage, Theatre, and the Law in Early Modern Spain (Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 2010) examines the correspondences of legal and theatrical discourses in the representation of marriage in 16th- and 17th-century Spain, and proposes new meanings for signs of reproduction, queerness, visibility, violence, silence, masochism, transvestism, and playfulness in the marital context. She has also published numerous essays on the intersections of gender, race, and performance in 16th- and 17th-century Spain, as well as the 20th-century Caribbean. Queer Theory and Feminism are critical matrices for all her scholarly inquiries. Her course offerings include: The Spanish Comedia: race, gender, and performance (G/U). The Comedia: visibility, legibility, spectacularity (G), The Picaresque: race, gender, and performance (G/U), Inquisition, Empire, and the Question of Literature (G/U), Tales of Two Cities: San Juan and Havana (U), Saints and Sinners: Women and sexuality in Early Modern Spain (U).