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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


I am an Associate Professor of Spanish and a Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). As a colonialist specializing in the Northern Andes, my most productive area of research is epic and heroic poetry. As a critic attentive to Renaissance theory of poetic imitation, in my study Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish America: Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies, I examined the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Castellanos’ writings. I am the co-editor of a volume of essays titled The War Trumpet: Iberian Epic Poetry, 1543 – 1639 (University of Toronto Press 2023); as well as the co-editor of La Araucana (1569 – 2019) a special issue of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (2022). I have published scholarly articles in Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Cuadernos de Literatura. In 2013, I collaborated with Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of York University, in preparing a bilingual (Spanish / English) catalogue for the art exhibit Imaginary Homelands (London: AGYU / Black Dog Publishing, 2015).

I’m currently working on a monograph about the use of visual imagery, memory and history in the short stories and novels by Roberto Burgos Cantor (Colombia 1948 - 2018), a critical edition of the written report presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586, and a study of the material culture of the viceroyalty of New Granada during the colonial period. My 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, I teach courses on Spanish-American Modernismo, Hispanic Caribbean Literature, Sixteenth century Iberian heroic poetry, and Spanish language courses.

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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, Iberian 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

The War Trumpet: Iberian Epic Poetry, 1543–1639. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2023

2023

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
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SP2880 6.0 A (Re)Viewing Latin America ONLN
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SP2200 6.0 A Introduction to Literature ONLN



I am an Associate Professor of Spanish and a Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). As a colonialist specializing in the Northern Andes, my most productive area of research is epic and heroic poetry. As a critic attentive to Renaissance theory of poetic imitation, in my study Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish America: Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies, I examined the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Castellanos’ writings. I am the co-editor of a volume of essays titled The War Trumpet: Iberian Epic Poetry, 1543 – 1639 (University of Toronto Press 2023); as well as the co-editor of La Araucana (1569 – 2019) a special issue of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (2022). I have published scholarly articles in Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Cuadernos de Literatura. In 2013, I collaborated with Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of York University, in preparing a bilingual (Spanish / English) catalogue for the art exhibit Imaginary Homelands (London: AGYU / Black Dog Publishing, 2015).

I’m currently working on a monograph about the use of visual imagery, memory and history in the short stories and novels by Roberto Burgos Cantor (Colombia 1948 - 2018), a critical edition of the written report presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586, and a study of the material culture of the viceroyalty of New Granada during the colonial period. My 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, I teach courses on Spanish-American Modernismo, Hispanic Caribbean Literature, Sixteenth century Iberian heroic poetry, and Spanish language courses.

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, Iberian 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

The War Trumpet: Iberian Epic Poetry, 1543–1639. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2023

2023

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
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SP2880 6.0 A (Re)Viewing Latin America ONLN
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SP2200 6.0 A Introduction to Literature ONLN