Karen Stolley


Karen Stolley, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, came to Emory in 1992. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University and her B.A. in Spanish and French, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College. She spent a year as a Rotary Fellow in Tucumán, Argentina and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to coming to Emory, Professor Stolley taught at Vassar College; she has also taught at the Middlebury Summer Spanish Language School and as visiting faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

At Emory Professor Stolley teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in colonial and eighteenth-century Spanish American and transatlantic literary and cultural studies; she is also a member of the graduate faculty in History. Recent graduate seminars include: Nature in the New World; Mestizajes; The Transatlantic Epistolary (co-taught with Professor Hazel Gold); Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Problems of the Colonial Baroque; (Re) Considering the Hispanic Eighteenth Century; and Themes and Approaches in Latin American History (co-taught with Professors Yanna Yannakakis and Javier Villa-Flores). At the undergraduate level Professor Stolley teaches a Freshman Seminar on Citizenship and Belonging in the Hispanic World, as well as intermediate and advanced-level courses on Latin American literary and cultural production. She was awarded the 2013 George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Professor Stolley is the author of DOMESTICATING EMPIRE: Enlightenment in Spanish America (Vanderbilt U Press, December 2013), where she argues for the recovery of the eighteenth century in Spanish American literary historiography and for the importance of Spanish American writing for eighteenth-century studies. She is also the author of El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes: un itinerario crítico (Ediciones del Norte) and contributed a chapter on "Narrative Forms, Scholarship and Learning in the XVIII Century" for The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (Eds. Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo Walker). She has published articles in journals including DieciochoGuaraguaoRevista de Estudios HispánicosLatin American Literary Review, and Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana.

Professor Stolley serves on the editorial board of Dieciocho and SVEC (Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century). She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College and the Board of Overseers of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, CA.