Loyola Marymount University: B.A.
University of Denver: M.A.
University of Denver: Ph.D.
Late Nineteenth and contemporary American Literature; Chicana and Chicano Literature; Latina and Latino Literature; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Literature; Theories of Identity; Creative writing, Fiction and Memoir.
Amelia María de la Luz Montes is an Americanist scholar and fiction writer who is interested in narrative contexts that complicate and contradict national, social, and personal identities. Hemispheric or transnational studies are terms that describe such explorations. Her geographic focus encompasses North America and Latin America. She has published several articles on the nineteenth-century Mexican American author, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton and has recently edited and introduced a new edition of Ruiz de Burton’s first novel, Who Would Have Thought It? (Penguin Classics, 2009). Currently, she is working on a book entitled, Corazon y Tierra: Latinas Writing on the Great Plains and Midwest and finishing a fictional memoir entitled, The Diabetes Chronicles.
Courses Regularly Taught
Chicana and Latina Literature and Theory
American Literature (late nineteenth and contemporary)
Chicana and Chicano Literature
Gay and Lesbian Literature
María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives
Co-edited volume with Anne Elizabeth Goldman
University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo, Who Would Have Thought It? 1872. Ed. Amelia M.L. Montes. New York: Penguin Classics, 2009.
Articles (scholarly and creative)
"What La Virgen Said About Gloria Anzaldúa’s Hands." Güeras y Prietas: Celebrating 20 Years of Borderlands/La Frontera. Ed. Norma E. Cantú and Christina L. Gutierrez. Texas: The Adelante Project, 2009, pp. 39-47.
"Queen For A Day" An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor and Working-Class Roots. Ed. Lorraine M. López. The University of Michigan Press, September 2009.
"Levantate: Our Healing Ceremonia." Speaking desde las heridas. Testimonios transfronterizos/ Transborder testimonios through Cyberspace (11 de septiembre de 2001-11 de marzo de 2007"). Ed. Claire Joysmith. Mexico D.F.: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, December 2008, pp. 75-90.
"María Amparo Ruiz: A Transhistoric Tradition." Symbolism: A New International Annual of Critical Aesthetics Journal. Volume IV, 2005, pp. 293-311.
"Amígdala." River City Journal. 25 (2005): 84-90
Tortilleras on the Prairie: Latina Lesbians Writing the Midwest." The Journal of Lesbian Studies. Vol. 7. #3, 2003. pp. 25-41.
"Civil War-era Latina Casts Light on 2008 America." The Omaha World Herald
27 July 2008: 9B.
Professional Memberships, appointments
Modern Language Association (MLA)
MLA Executive Committee: Women’s Studies in Language and Literature
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)
Center for Great Plains Studies
Amelia María de la Luz Montes
Department of English
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333