Tara Daly
Dr. Tara DalyMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 492

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

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

My research and teaching focuses on contemporary Latin American literary and visual cultures in the the Andean and Amazon regions of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. I am currently working on a book-length project on the ways that Aymara and Quechua writers like Fausto Reinaga, Gamaliel Churata, and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui propose alternative epistemologies (ways of knowing) and ontologies (ways of being) to the West.  Philosophies like, "I am because I hurt," (Churata) or "I am land that thinks" (Reinaga) provide insight into the colonial past and potentialize an optimistic future for indigenous groups, and beyond. 

I am also editing a special issue of the Bolivian Studies Journal on Bolivian poet, dramaturgist, novelist, and eclectic fixture of La Paz, Jaime Saenz, in honor of the centennial of his birth (October 1921). 

My first book, Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes (Bucknell 2019) studied 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, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • CORE 1929 Methods of Inquiry: Modernity

  • SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanish

  • SPAN 3500 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish

  • SPAN 3520 Hispanic Studies: Latin American and Latinx Literatures 

  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-speaking World

  • SPAN 5931/4931 Back to the Future: Indigenous Performance and Literature 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
  • Indigenous knowledge systems 
  • Indigenous performance art
  • Environmental humanities 

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association

Latin American Studies Association 



  • 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.


  • “Claudia Coca’s Chola Power: Pop Art as Decolonial Critique.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 18:2 (October 2019): 412-442.
  •  “Conocer con, saber de y percibir desde el Perú amazónico: El perspectivismo amerindio en César Calvo y Miguel Vilca. Modern Language Notes 134. 2 (March 2019): 412-439.
  • “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

  • “La Andetectura de Freddy Mamani: Entre lo espectacular y lo epistémico.” Visiones de los Andes. Edited by Ximena Briceño and Jorge Coronado.  La Paz, Bolivia and Pittsburgh, PA: Editorial Plural (2019): 47-77.

  • “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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