Amelia María de la Luz Montes

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Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies

Research Abstract

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.

Recent Publications


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.

Newspaper Articles

"Civil War-era Latina Casts Light on 2008 America."  The Omaha World Herald 27 July 2008: 9B.

Professional Memberships and 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)

PEN West

Center for Great Plains Studies


Ph.D., University of Denver

M.A., University of Denver

B.A., Loyola Marymount University

Areas of Interest

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