Viviana Díaz Balsera

Professor of Spanish & Director of Undergraduate Studies

 

Degrees

  • - Ph.D., Yale University, 1989
  • - B.A.  University of Texas at Austin, 1977 

Research Interests

  • - Early Modern Transcontinental  Epistemologies
  • - Magic and Early Modern Natural Philosophy
  • - Postcolonial Studies 

Selected Publications

  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana. “Mujer-Águila, polvo espiritado, y un conejo boca arriba: oraciones y conjuros para el parto en el México pre-hispánico y colonial.” In: Lives and Works of Early Modern Women in Iberia and the Americas: Studies in Law, Society, Art and Literature in Honor of Anne J. Cruz. Eds. Adrienne L. Martín and María Cristina Quintero. New York: Artepoetica, 2015. 253-268.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana and Rachel E. May, eds. La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Spanish Presence. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2014. Received the Gold Medal in the 2014 Florida Book Awards Florida Non-Fiction Category.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana. “Tezcatlipoca neoplatónico y las correspondencias ocultas del amor”Colonial Latin American Review 20.3 (2011): 279-301.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana. “Atando dioses y humanos: Cipactónal y la cura por adivinación en el Tratado sobre idolatrías de Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón.” In: Stephanie Kirk, editor. Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: Nuevos itinerarios. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Serie Nueva América,2011. 321-349.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana.  “Celebrating the Arrival of a New Sun. The Tlaxcalans Conquer Jerusalem in 1539.” Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl 39 (2009):  311-330.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana “The Shaman Meets the Poet:  María Sabina and the Curative Powers of Language.”In:  Sacred Tropes:  Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture.  Ed. Roberta Sabbath. Boston:  Brill Press, 2009.  283-299.  
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana “Nombres que conservan el mundo:  los nahualtocaitl y el Tratado sobre idolatrías de Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón.”  Colonial Latin American Review 16.2 (2007):  159-78.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana The Pyramid Under the Cross.  Franciscan Discourses of Evangelization and the Nahua Christian Subject in 16th-Century Mexico.  University of Arizona Press, 2005.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana “Cleansing Mexican Antiquity:  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the loa to The Divine Narcissus.”  Companion to Colonial Latin American Literature. Eds. Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer.  Mass.  And Oxford:  Blackwell Publishers, 2005. 292-305.
  • - Díaz Balsera, Viviana “Instructing the Nahuas in Judeo-Christian Obedience.  A neixcuitilli and Four Sermon Pieces on the Akedah.”  Nahuatl Theater Series:  Life and Death in Colonial Mexico. Vol. 1. Eds. Barry D. Sell and Louise Burkhart.   Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.  85-111. 

Courses Taught

  • - Knowledge, Culture and Resistance in Colonial Spanish America
  • - Cosmology, Magic and Culture in Early Modern Europe and Colonial Spanish-America
  • - The Figure of the Shaman in Latin American Literature
  • - Studies in Colonial Textual Production: the Chronicles of Indies
  • - Inscribing the Female Voice in Golden Age Spain and Colonial Spanish America