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Nhora Lucía Serrano


Nhora Lucía Serrano
Nhora Lucía Serrano

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Root Hall 110
315-859-4822

Nhora Lucía Serrano's areas of research and teaching include visual studies, medieval and Renaissance studies, Latin America literature and art, Latino/a/x studies, transatlantic studies, digital humanities and interactive media, and editorial cartoons and comics. She is an executive member of the Modern Languages Association Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives and a board member and treasurer of the Comics Studies Society. Serrano received the 2014 Smithsonian National Postal Museum and Washington World Philatelic Exhibition Fellowship, and was selected for a 2017 NEH Summer Institute Fellowship at the Newberry Library. She is co-editor of Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities (2011), and the editor of the forthcoming Immigrants and Comics (2018 Routledge) and has written several articles and essays that focus on visual studies, medieval and Renaissance studies, Latino/a/x studies and Latin America. She received her bachelor's degree in French from Amherst College, her master's degree in French language and civilization (art history) from New York University and a doctorate in medieval and renaissance studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Hamilton, Serrano most recently was a visiting scholar of comparative literature at Harvard University.

Recent Courses Taught

Lost Civilizations: Latin America & its Literary Imagination
Readings in World Literature I
Checkmate!: Play, Games & Cultural Exchanges in the Mediterranean Basin
Visual Narratives: Images With(In) Books
Show and Tell: Comics and Graphic Narratives

Research Interests

  • Visual studies (illuminated manuscripts, illustrated texts, museum catalogues, postcards, cabinets of curiosities, comics and graphic narratives, surrealism, critical theory)
  • Mediterranean studies (clash of cultures in al-Ándalus, play and games, food, trade and travel)
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature (women writers and artists, rewriting classical mythology, fairytales and folklore, lyric and courtly love, Hundred Years War, visual arts, chess and games)
  • Latin American studies (Incas, colonial literature and travel narratives, 20th-century archives and quest narratives, Borges, Salvador Dalí, Remedios Varo, Gerda Taro)

Distinctions

Fellowships and grants:

  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum and Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition Scholarship for “Commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair: The Columbian Exposition and the First Souvenir Postal Cards,” spring 2014

Teaching awards and grants:

  • Teaching recognition campus-wide: “Significant Impact Nomination” for Intellectual Development (Tufts Univ. first-year and sophomore survey), 2015
  • Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts Award (Cal. State Univ., Long Beach), 2011-12

Select Publications

Books:

  • Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis. Edited anthology, sole editor. Under contract at Routledge (part of Routledge Advances in Comics Series), expected summer 2017.
  • The Myth and Modernism of Remedios Varo: Arachne Entwined. Monograph under consideration at Ohio State University Press.
  • Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An lnterdisciplinary Study (co-editor with Janelle A. Schwartz). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 20 I 0. Listed in "Books of Critical Interest'' in Critical Inquiry, Vol. 37, No. 3 (spring 2011), pp. 574-58 1.

Articles:

  • “Visual Frames and Breaking the Rules of the Reconquista.” Playthings in Early Modernity. Editor Allison Levy, Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University. Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Illuminating Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red and The Museum of Innocence.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Orhan Pamuk. Editors David Damrosch and Sevinç Tûrkkan. Forthcoming spring 2016.
  • “Los Hernandez Bros.” In Oxford Bibliographies in “Latino Studies.” Ed. Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press, February 2015.
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  • “Casting el Inca, Garcilaso de Ia Vega, Comparatively Speaking.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Inca Garcilaso de Ia Vega's Royal Commentaries and Other Works. Editors Christian Fernandez and José A. Mazzotti. Spring 2015.
  • “Los Hernandez Bros.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latino Studies. Editor in Chief Ilan Stavans. New York: Oxford University Press. http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com, winter 2015.
  • “(Un)Tangling Arachne and the Latina Storyteller” in Gendering XXI: New Trends in Latina and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures in the 21st Century. Cambridge Scholars Press. Editors Pilar Melero and Nancy Bird-Soto. Fall 2014.
  • “LACMA’s Gambit: In Wonderland's Surrealist Women.” X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly 15.2 (winter 2013), 102-113.
  • “Grande Exhibitions’ Traveling Museum: A Modern Cabinet of Curiosity.” Museological Review. UK Issue 16 (January 2012), 60-71.
  • Critical Approaches to the Curator: “The Illuminated Guide and the Medieval Curator,” Dr. Juilee Decker, managing editor, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 7:4 (fall 2011), 381-389.
  • “‘Very Rare, Fragile, and Priceless’: Transforming Leonardo da Vinci From Collector to Curiosity.” Curious Collectors. Collected Curiosities: An lnterdisciplinary Study. Eds. Janelle A. Schwartz and Nhora Lucia Serrano, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 12-19.

Co-authored short essay with student:

  • “Visualizing Texts, Reading Images: From Goya to David B.” Genre, Volume 31: Visual Culture (fall 2011), 1-5.

Encyclopedia entries

  • “Hergé,” “George Herriman,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and “Tijuana Bible” in Comics Through Time, Volume I. M. Keith Booker, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. October 2014. 174-6; 176-8; 373-5; 387-80.
  • “Jacques Tardi,” and “Tintin” in Comics Through Time, Volume II. M. Keith Booker, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. October 2014. 808-10; 824-7.
  • “Asterix” in Comics Through Time, Volume III. M. Keith Booker, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. October 2014. 900-2.
  • “Marjane Satrapi” in Comics Through Time, Volume IV. M. Keith Booker, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. October 2014. 1737-8.
  • “Caliban.” “Hispanic American Volume” of Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature. Luz Elena Ramirez, ed. New York: Facts on File. August 2008. 283-84.
  • “Madame de Lafayette.” The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major Seventeenth Century British and American Authors. Alan Hager, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004. 194-97.
  • “Dante.” Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, eds. Santa Barbara, Ca..: ABC-Clio Press, 2004, 201-203.
  • “Don Quixote.” Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, eds. Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-Clio Press, 2004, 240-242.
  • “Michelangelo.” Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 2. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, eds. Santa Barbara, Ca..: ABC-Clio Press, 2004, 542-544.

Book reviews:

  • “Review of Serina Patterson, ed. Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature. Series: The New Middle Ages, New York: Palgrave Macmillan , 2015.” The Medieval Review, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Press. Forthcoming 2016.
  • “Review of Hillary Chute, Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2015.” Clio, A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Press. Forthcoming 2016.
  • “Review of Julio Cortázar, Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia, Trans. David Kurnick, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2014.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, UK: Routledge Press. Forthcoming fall 2016.
  • “Review of Natsu Onoda Power, God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga, Jackson, Miss.: University of Mississippi Press, 2009.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, UK: Routledge Press. December 2014.
  • “Review of Marilyn Desmond and Pamela Sheingorn, eds. Myth, Montage, and Visuality in Late Medieval Manuscript Culture: Christine de Pizan’s Epistre Othéa, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.” The Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association, May 2005, 155-56.

Film interview:

  • “Greek Mythology & Popular Culture”: DVD Extras. Immortals (Director: Tarsem Singh; Universal Studios) Mob Scene Creative Productions; October 2011.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Association of Art Historians 
  • Christine de Pizan Society
  • College Art Association
  • Comics Studies Society
  • Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas [Pre-1800]
  • International Center for Medieval Art
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Medieval Association of the Pacific
  • Modern Language Association
  • Pacific, Ancient and Modern Language Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Service: 

  • Founding member and treasurer (elected), Comics Studies Society, 2014-present
  • Member (elected), Modern Languages Association Executive Committee, Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives, 2013-18

Appointed to the Faculty: 2015

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., New York University
B.A., Amherst College

Languages

Spanish: native speaker
French: excellent
Quechua, Italian and Occitan: proficient
Portuguese, Latin (classical and medieval), Galician-Portuguese, Greek, Andalusi-Arabic: reading knowledge

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