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Emiro Martínez-Osorio

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor

Office: Founders College, 139
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 66924
Email: mosorio@yorku.ca


Emiro Martínez-Osorio’s research and teaching interests include Colonial Spanish American Studies, Caribbean Literature and Transatlantic Studies. His book Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing (2016) examines the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. The book offers an interpretation of Castellanos’s writings that shows his critical engagement with the reformist project postulated in Alonso de Ercilla’s La Araucana, and it elucidates the complex poetic discourse Castellanos created to defend the interests of the early generation of explorers and conquistadors in the aftermath of the promulgation of the New Laws and the mounting criticism of the institution of the encomienda.

In 2012, he collaborated with Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of York University, in the preparation of the bilingual art catalogue of the exhibition Imaginary Homelands, which showcased the work of a new generation of Colombian visual artists.

He is currently working on a monograph about the use of visual imagery, memory and history in the short stories and novels by Roberto Burgos Cantor, and a critical edition of the written report presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586. His research has been supported by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (UofT), the John Carter Brown Library and the Newberry Library. At York University, he teaches courses on Spanish-American Modernismo, Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Sixteenth century Iberian heroic poetry.

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Degrees

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
MA, The University of Georgia at Athens
BA, Piedmont College

Research Interests

, Colonial Latin American Studies, Caribbean Literature, Transatlantic Studies

Current Research Projects

The Writings of Diego de Torres, Chieftain of Turmequé: A Critical Edition

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“New World Commodities, Petrarchism and Veiled Ladies in Juan de Castellanos’ “Elegy XIV”

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Books

Publication
Year

Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing: Juan de Castellanos's Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies
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2016

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Cartography of Uprooting and Transhumance: (Re)-Writing the Legacy of the Slave Trade in Roberto Burgos Cantor’s La ceiba de la memoria. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos Vol. 38, no. I (Fall 2013): 11-30.

2013

“En éste nuestro recental aprisco: Piracy, Epic and Identity in cantos I - II of Discurso del capitán Francisco Draque by Juan de Castellanos.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 17, no. 2 (2011): 5-34.

2011

“¿Imitación o subversión?: La representación de heroínas indígenas en las Elegías de varones ilustres de las Indias.” Cuadernos de Literatura 14, no. 28 (December 2010): 34-52.

2010

Other

Publication
Year

“Las ruinas del caribe: Arquitectura, imagen y movimiento. María Isabel Rueda in conversation with Emiro Martínez-Osorio.” Imaginary Homelands. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University / Black Dog Publishing, 2015

2016

“Una exhibición pensada para nosotros: Volumen, cultura y metamorfosis. Mateo Rivano en conversación con Emiro Martínez-Osorio.” Imaginary Homelands. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University / Black Dog Publishing, 2015

2015


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2019 AP/SP1000 6.0 B Elementary Spanish LGCL


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2019 AP/SP3360 3.0 A Spanish Poetry of the Golden Age SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/SP1000 6.0 C Elementary Spanish LGCL


Emiro Martínez-Osorio’s research and teaching interests include Colonial Spanish American Studies, Caribbean Literature and Transatlantic Studies. His book Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing (2016) examines the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. The book offers an interpretation of Castellanos’s writings that shows his critical engagement with the reformist project postulated in Alonso de Ercilla’s La Araucana, and it elucidates the complex poetic discourse Castellanos created to defend the interests of the early generation of explorers and conquistadors in the aftermath of the promulgation of the New Laws and the mounting criticism of the institution of the encomienda.

In 2012, he collaborated with Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of York University, in the preparation of the bilingual art catalogue of the exhibition Imaginary Homelands, which showcased the work of a new generation of Colombian visual artists.

He is currently working on a monograph about the use of visual imagery, memory and history in the short stories and novels by Roberto Burgos Cantor, and a critical edition of the written report presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586. His research has been supported by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (UofT), the John Carter Brown Library and the Newberry Library. At York University, he teaches courses on Spanish-American Modernismo, Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Sixteenth century Iberian heroic poetry.

Degrees

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
MA, The University of Georgia at Athens
BA, Piedmont College

Research Interests

, Colonial Latin American Studies, Caribbean Literature, Transatlantic Studies

Current Research Projects

The Writings of Diego de Torres, Chieftain of Turmequé: A Critical Edition

“New World Commodities, Petrarchism and Veiled Ladies in Juan de Castellanos’ “Elegy XIV”

All Publications


Books

Publication
Year

Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing: Juan de Castellanos's Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies
Click to view

2016

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Cartography of Uprooting and Transhumance: (Re)-Writing the Legacy of the Slave Trade in Roberto Burgos Cantor’s La ceiba de la memoria. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos Vol. 38, no. I (Fall 2013): 11-30.

2013

“En éste nuestro recental aprisco: Piracy, Epic and Identity in cantos I - II of Discurso del capitán Francisco Draque by Juan de Castellanos.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 17, no. 2 (2011): 5-34.

2011

“¿Imitación o subversión?: La representación de heroínas indígenas en las Elegías de varones ilustres de las Indias.” Cuadernos de Literatura 14, no. 28 (December 2010): 34-52.

2010

Other

Publication
Year

“Las ruinas del caribe: Arquitectura, imagen y movimiento. María Isabel Rueda in conversation with Emiro Martínez-Osorio.” Imaginary Homelands. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University / Black Dog Publishing, 2015

2016

“Una exhibición pensada para nosotros: Volumen, cultura y metamorfosis. Mateo Rivano en conversación con Emiro Martínez-Osorio.” Imaginary Homelands. Toronto: Art Gallery of York University / Black Dog Publishing, 2015

2015


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2019 AP/SP1000 6.0 B Elementary Spanish LGCL


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2019 AP/SP3360 3.0 A Spanish Poetry of the Golden Age SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/SP1000 6.0 C Elementary Spanish LGCL