Emiro Martínez-Osorio

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor

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

Emiro Martínez-Osorio’s research focuses on Colonial Spanish American literature, chiefly the narrative heroic poems about the exploration and conquest of the New World. His book Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing (Bucknell University Press, 2016) examines the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. He is currently working on a critical edition of the account presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586. His research has been supported by the John Carter Brown Library and the Newberry Library. At York University, he teaches courses on sixteenth century Spanish epic and heroic poetry, Spanish-American Modernismo and Hispanic Caribbean Literature.

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Area of Specialization

Colonial Latin American Literature, Epic Poetry, Historical novels

Degrees

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

Selected Publications

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

Selected Publications

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

All Publications

Books

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

Journal Articles

“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.

“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.

“¿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.

Other

“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

“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


Emiro Martínez-Osorio’s research focuses on Colonial Spanish American literature, chiefly the narrative heroic poems about the exploration and conquest of the New World. His book Authority, Piracy and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing (Bucknell University Press, 2016) examines the intersection between social class, literary taste and political dissent in Juan de Castellanos’ Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. He is currently working on a critical edition of the account presented by indigenous chieftain Diego de Torres to King Philip II of Spain in 1586. His research has been supported by the John Carter Brown Library and the Newberry Library. At York University, he teaches courses on sixteenth century Spanish epic and heroic poetry, Spanish-American Modernismo and Hispanic Caribbean Literature.

Area of Specialization

Colonial Latin American Literature, Epic Poetry, Historical novels

Degrees

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

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

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

Journal Articles

“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.

“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.

“¿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.

Other

“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

“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