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Tara Daly
Dr. Tara DalyMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 492

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6833
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

I work on contemporary Latin American literary and visual cultures in the the Andean and Amazon regions of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. My forthcoming book, Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes (Bucknell 2019)studies the ways that poets, performance artists, and installation artists animate natural materials like rocks, water, and the soil in their art to challenge the notion that the human is the privileged agent over a passive ecosystem. I draw on indigenous knowledge systems and political theory to make my arguments. I also work and publish on the exploitation of resources and indigenous populations in the Amazon region, as manifested in literature and visual art.


Ph.D. 2010; University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanish

  • SPAN 3500 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish

  • SPAN 3520 Panorama of Latin American Literature

  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-speaking World

  • SPAN 4640 Crime Fiction in Latin America

  • SPAN 6675 Poetry and Performance in Colonial and Contemporary Latin America

  • FOLA 4931 Masculinities in Latin American Film and Pop Culture

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American cultural studies
  • Andean literary and visual studies
  • Queer theory
  • New materialisms
  • Indigenous knowledge systems


Book in Press

  • Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes. Bucknell University Press, February 2019.


  • Ramos, J. and Tara Daly, eds. Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures. London, New York: Palgrave, 2016.


  • “Christian Bendayán: Queering the Archive from Iquitos, Perú.” Feminist  Studies Vol. 43.2(Fall 2017): 348-387. 
  • “The Vitalist Aesthetic of Antenor Orrego and César Vallejo.” Chasqui  (Spring 2014): 26-43.  
  • “Melancholy and Transnationalism in El Teatro de los Andes La Odisea.Hecho teatral 13.1 (Spring 2013): 115-141.
  • “El aire de Arguedas de la década de 1960: Una sustancia común y crítica.”  Revista Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. Año XXXIX 75.1 (Summer 2012): 51-76.

Book Chapters

  • “Decolonial Alliances in the Amazonian Air: César Calvo’s Las tres mitades de  Ino Moxo y otros brujos de la Amazonía.” Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures (2016): 121-139.

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