Program in Comparative Literature

Marlena Cravens


Marlena Cravens

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Interests


Early Modern and Medieval Iberia; Transatlantic Encounters; Travel Writing; Ethnography; Translation Studies; ELL and ELE (Español como lengua extranjera); Language Pedagogies; Medieval and Early Modern Food

Biography


Education

2008-2012 University of Toronto Honors BSc, Biological Anthropology and Comparative Literature

2012-2013 University of Toronto MA, Comparative Literature

2014-2021 University of Texas at Austin PhD, Comparative Literature

Research

My dissertation, Among Aliens Abroad, uncovers the techniques used by the Spanish Empire to translate the indigenous languages and cultures of the New World. It reveals how Spanish colonization depended on erasing and selectively rewriting native languages. My research is supported by the 2019-2020 CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, the 2019 Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowship, and the 2020-2021 University Graduate Continuing Fellowship from the University of Texas.

I draw upon digital resources such as Voyant and Python, as well as physical and digital collections in the Americas and Spain like the John Carter Brown Library, the LLILAS Benson Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library, the National Library of Spain, and the Library of Congress, each of which has important collections containing New World indigenous grammars, dictionaries, travel accounts, translated catechisms, and “histories.”

Articles (Peer and Non-Peer Reviewed)

2020. "Scientific Research, Archiving Tools, and Nicholas Cage: An Interview with the Library of Congress’s Preservation Program." Pterodáctilo.

2020. "Unknown Pigments and Digitization in the Age of COVID-19.” COVID (Re)Collections Series with CLIR.

2019. “‘Eu mato’: The Linguistic and Religious Rewriting of the Tupí under Portuguese Missionary Rule (1555-1630).” Tusaaji: A Translation Review.

2019. “The Monster Hiding in the Archives: Spanish Paleography and Its Secrets.” Series for Pterodáctilo.

  1. “What is paleography?” and “What is paleography good for?”
  2. “Losing (or winning) the phonemic lottery.”
  3. “Mechanical issues.”
  4. “Writerly Styles in Early Modern writing.”
  5. “Paleographic resources.”

2019. “Where in the world can you learn about Texas history?” for Thinking in Public (TiP).

2019. “What on earth can an old letter tell us about Texas history?” for Thinking in Public (TiP).

2019. “Accessing the Archives” Series for Pterodáctilo. 2019.

  1. “Your Wish Has Been Granted.”
  2. “Know Before You Go.”
  3. “Your First Day in the Archive.”
  4. “Touching the Texts.”
  5. “Failures in the Archive.”

 

Courses


SPN 601D • First-Year Spanish I

45680 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.118

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • First-Year Spanish I

46170 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.106

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • First-Year Spanish I

46230 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-12:00PM GEA 127

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).

SPN 601D • First-Year Spanish I

46180 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.122

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (simple present and past tenses, pronouns, adjectives), communication and interactional competence (complimenting, thanking, requesting, giving opinions), and metalinguistic competence (parts of speech, sociolinguistic cues, dialectal differences).