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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Heather Allen, Ph.D.

Heather AllenAssociate Professor of Spanish

Office: Bondurant C-111
Phone: 662-915-6981

Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Chicago (2011)
M.A. in Spanish, University of Iowa (2004)
B.A. in Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Iowa (2001)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Early Modern Spanish American Literature and History, Nahuatl, Indigenous Studies, Book History and Print Culture

Courses Taught:
SPAN 303 and 304: Advanced Composition and Conversation I and II
SPAN 322: Spanish American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 331: Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
SPAN 398/598: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Indigenous Culture in Mexico City
SPAN 579: Survey of Spanish American Literature I
SPAN 587: Spanish American Short Story and Novel
SPAN 599: Indigenous Perspectives in Mexico; Translators, Interpreters, and Intermediaries in the Conquest of Mexico
SPAN 679 Readings in Spanish American Literature I
Honors 101, 102: Honors Seminar

Recent Publications:


Allen, Heather J. and Andrew R. Reynolds, eds. Latin American Textualities: History, Materiality, and Digital Media. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018.


Allen, Heather J. “Boars and Moors: The Hunt in the Poema de Fernán González.La corónica 47.1, December 2018.

Allen, Heather J. “Has sido pesado en la balanza y hallado falto de peso”: Moteuczoma como lector bíblico e indígena en las historias de ‘Crónicas X.'” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 43.86 (2017): 17-40.

Allen, Heather J. “Constructed Discourse in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Chronicles.” Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl and His Legacy, eds. Galen Brokaw and Jongsoo Lee. 121-40. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2016.

Allen, Heather J. “The Languages and Literatures of Early Print Culture in the Colonia.” A History of Mexican Literature, eds. Ignacio M. Sánchez-Prado, et. al. 17-32. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Allen, Heather J. “Llorar amargamente:’ Economies of Weeping in the Spanish Empire.” Colonial Latin American Review 24.4 (2016): 479-504.

Allen, Heather J. “Me cago en Colón:’ Criticizing global projects in 19th-century Santo Domingo.” Laberinto 9 (2016): 52-69.

Allen, Heather J. “Eat Moor Vegetables: The Semiotics of the Eggplant in Don Quijote.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49.2 (2015): 267-91.

Allen, Heather J. “Que cotexase uno con otro:’ Archival and Ritual Uses of Amatl in the ‘Crónicas X’ Histories.” La resignificación del Nuevo Mundo. Crónica, retórica y semántica en la América virreinal, eds. Claudia Parodi, Manuel Pérez, and Jimena Rodríguez. 31-52. Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2013.

Professional Activities:
Review editor, Textual Cultures 2014-2017

Awards and Honors:
Fulbright-Hays Scholar, August 2021
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Newberry Library 2019-2020
Center for Excellence in Teaching And Learning Mini Grant, 2018
American Library Association’s “Outstanding Academic Title” and one of top 75 books for community colleges for A History of Mexican Literature, 2017
Travel Grants, Office of Research and Sponsored Programming, 2018, 2017, 2016
Open Educational Resources Course Development Grant, 2015
Tuition Scholarship, California Rare Books School, 2015

Web Resources:
Latin American Textualities
Spanish Program