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María M. CarriónProfessor, Comparative Literature and ReligionDepartment Chair, ReligionCore Faculty in Islamic Civilization Studies


Professor María M. Carrión studied Classics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and graduated with a B. A. in Art History and Criticism from the University of Puerto Rico.  She completed an M.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville before completing her Ph.D. in Spanish at Yale University. 

She specializes in the cultural and literary production from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, with a particular focus on dramatic theory and performance, legal writings and practices, and architectural theory and history. 

Her most recent work has analyzed Andalusi architecture and history of science.  She has also published articles and translations on the literature and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean. She has participated in conferences, symposia, colloquia, and workshops in the US, Spain, South America, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia, and her essays have been published in the US, Spain, France, and South America.

Prof. Carrión taught in the Graduate Program in Translation (PGT) at The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where she held a Visiting Professorship.  She was also Dean of Graduate Studies at UPRRP's School of Humanities.  She joined the Core Faculty in Comparative Literature in the summer of 2016.

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Arquitectura y cuerpo en la figura autorial de Teresa de Jesús (1994); Subject Stages.  Marriage, Theatre, and the Law in Early Modern Spain (2010); “La niña de Gómez Arias de Luis Vélez de Guevara, teatro casi imposible” (in La niña de Gómez Arias by Luis Vélez de Guevara. Ed. C. George Peale and William R. Manson, 2015); Puerto Rico (1908-1912). El viaje cartográfico del teniente William H. Armstrong. Eds. María D. Luque and Lanny Thompson. Transl. María M. Carrión and Aurora Lauzardo (forthcoming); essays in journals including Journal of Early Modern Studies (forthcoming), Renaissance Drama,Sargasso (forthcoming), Romance Quarterly, eHumanista, Visión Doble, Medieval Encounters, La Corónica, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Modern Language Notes, Studies in 20th-century Literature, and Literature Film Quarterly; several studies in collections of essays on early modern ethnobotany, Cervantes, early modern sexualities, Hispanic Mysticism, early modern platform shoes, the Spanish Comedia, and Teresa de Jesús.