The latest coronavirus information and updates:

Dinorah Cortés-Vélez
Dr. Dinorah Cortés-VélezMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 498

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3531
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez specializes in Colonial Latin American literature. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on the ethical and protofeminist political uses of humor in the writing of Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is also interested in the literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean, especially Puerto Rican poetry. Professor Cortés-Vélez divides her time among teaching, academic research, and creative writing. She has published three literary books: the novel El arca de la memoria: una biomitografía (The Chest of Memory: A Biomythography - Editorial Isla Negra, San Juan, PR 2011); a miscellany entitled Cuarentena y otras pejigueras menstruales (Quarantine and Other Menstrual Trifles - Editorial Isla Negra, San Juan, PR 2013); and Poemas de la soledad en Wisconsin (Poems of the Loneliness in Wisconsin - Indómita Editores, San Sebastián, PR 2015). She has an upcoming short story collection with Isla Negra entitled Fugas de duermevela: prosas heridas (Flights of Twilight Sleep: Wounded Texts). She has completed a manuscript for a scholarly book to be entitled Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: género, diferencia, resistencia (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Gender, Difference, Resistance).


  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, Old San Juan, S.J., Puerto Rico
  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Courses Taught

  • Colonial Latin American literature and culture
  • The Baroque of Indies/Spanish Baroque
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Female writing
  • Queer studies
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Hispanic Caribbean literatures and cultures

Research Interests

Among her current research projects is a book on Sor Juana’s discourse on sexual difference.


  • Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture
  • The Baroque of Indies/Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures


Selected Publications:

  • “Clara Gardenia Otero, Palmira Parés y el feminismo queer de Manuel Ramos Otero”. Special Issue: Revisiting Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Vol. XXX. No. 2 (Summer 2018): 68-87.
  • Primero sueño Segundo sueño, un diálogo poético trasatlántico”. Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. From Muses to Poets: New Approaches to Women and Poetry in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America. Volume 22. Number 2 (Fall 2017), 217-234.
  • “Sor Juana ante la paradoja de un sueño”.  A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Vol. 98. Número 1 (Mar 2015), 139-151.

Faculty & Staff Directory


Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7063

Contact Us




Report an accessibility problem

To report another problem, please contact