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Keezell 419

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Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
(Spanish Literature)
M.A. University of California, Riverside
(Spanish and Latin American Literature)
B.A. University of California, Riverside
(Spanish and Psychology)


SPAN 320: Oral and Written Communication
SPAN 335: Introduction to Hispanic Literature

SPAN 446: Special Topics in Spanish Literature (Spanish Civil War and Historical Memory; Spanish Civil War through Literature and Film; Contemporary Spanish Theatre: Antonio Buero Vallejo and Fernando Arrabal).

SPAN 461: Post War Literature in Spain
SPAN 490: Special Studies in Spanish
SPAN 498: The Generation of 1898


Dr. Yenisei Montes de Oca is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at James Madison University. Her academic career at the University of California, Riverside broadened her interest in Hispanic Literature which then led her to focus on 20th Century Peninsular Literature with a special emphasis on studies on Trauma & Memory in relation to the Spanish Civil War. At JMU she teaches courses relating to these topics, period and theory. As a research scholar she has delved into a transnational project that examines how trauma and memory intersect within other nations, and in particular the South American country of Colombia. She is a member of the Madison Hispanic Caucus (MHC) and is the faculty advisor for the Spanish Club. As a first-generation college student herself, she is very honored to be the faculty advisor for TORCH (Together Obtaining Resources for College Help) the first-gen student organization on campus, an organization that believes on passing on the ‘torch’ to future generations. Having been raised in Tijuana, B.C., México, the bordering city to San Diego, CA., and having completed her academic career in California, USA., she is also a proud native speaker of Spanglish.

Research Interestests

20th and 21st Spanish Peninsular Literature, Trauma and Memory Studies with emphasis on Collective Memory, Contemporary Colombian Literature.


Modern Language Association (MLA)
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association (MIFLA)


Narrativa española y colombiana: una aproximación transnacional al trauma cultural contemporáneo. Pigmalión Pijao, 2020 (forthcoming)

“La fotografía y su poder sinérgico en ‘La trampa’ por Carlos Orlando Pardo” Colección de estudios sobre autores Tolimenses. Pijao Editores, 2020 (forthcoming)  

Article manuscript in progress
“El encierro del espectador en Post Mortem (2010) del cineasta chileno Pablo Larraín: cine, historia y memoria” (Co-authoring)


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