Zoya Khan

Zoya Khan

Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan,

    Ann Arbor, 2003

  • M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University,

    New Delhi, India , 1994

  • B.A Jawaharlal Nehru University,
    New Delhi, India, 1992

Research Interests

Director: Graduate Certificate in Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 

  • Spanish American Literature and Culture:
  • Andean Literature and Culture,
  • US Hispanic Literature 
  • South Asian Culture and Literature
  • Medical Humanities 
  • Literary Theory
  • Subaltern Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Film Studies 


Journal Articles

  • "El Maps de Luto and The Chimera of a Kharisiri State: Subjectivity, Territoriality and the State in La senda de Kharisiri.” Forthcoming Bulletin of Spanish Studies: Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain,   Portugal and Latin America. 99 (2022)
  • "The Novel as Dislocation : Latin America and the United States in Edmundo Paz Soldán's Norte" A Contracorriente: Una revista de estudios latinoamericanos. , Spring 2021.
  • "Like a Condemned Sacred Fire: Transnational Capital and Reading as Recovery and Erasure.” Transmodernity: Journal of  Peripheral Cultural Production of Luso-Hispanic World.  8.1 (2018).
  • "Dismantling the Narrative Machine: Language, National Narratives and Postnational Flux in Carmen Boullosa's La novela perfecta. "  Literature, Interpretation, Theory.  27.2 (2016). 
  • "Bare Life, Indigenous Viscerality and Cholo Barbarity in Jesús Lara's Yanakuna." Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of Luso-Hispanic World.3.2 (2014): 15-39.
  • "'Pirate Utopias': From the Archive to Homeless Writing in Edmundo Paz Soldán's Novels." Bulletin of Spanish Studies: Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America . 91.6 (2014): 913-937.
  • "Chuño Palma: A National Subject in Mother's Time." A Contracorriente (Winter 2010): 137-164.
  • "Oscar Cerruto's Aluvión de fuego: An Incomplete Narrative of a Fragmented Bolivian Nation." Chasqui 38.1 (2009): 84-103.
  • "Moon, Stars and Sharing the Sky of Nationhood in Cristina García's The Aguero Sisters." Hispanófila 154 (2008): 73-86.
  • "The Emergence of Mestizaje in the Works of Adolfo Costa du Rels." The Latin Americanist 50.1 (2006): 74-102.

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All levels of graduate and undergraduate language, culture and literature classes.

Graduate Seminars

  • LG 592 The Urban Space in the Latin American Novel of 20th and 21st Centuries

  • LG 592 Motherhood and the State in the Latin American Novel of Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

  • LG 592 Themes and Tendencies of Contemporary Latin American Literature

  • LG 592 The Pioneers: Feminine Interventions in Political, Social and Literary Debates during the Nineteenth Century in the Hispanic World

  • LG 592 Nation and Technology in the Contemporary Detective Novel in Latin America

  • LG 592 Seminar on Jorge Luís Borges

  • LG 592 Peru in the Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa

  • LG 592 Writing Home: The Latin American Novel in the United States

Undergraduate Honors Theses

  • Director, Khanh Trinh, Fantasy Worlds and Modern Lives: Modernity and the Fantastic Literature in Latin America and Asia. Departmental Honors in Progress.

  • Director, Megan Heatherly. Representations of Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Cinema, University Honors Program, Spring 2012.

  • Director, Tina O'Shea. The Healing Touch: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Perceptions of the Physician in Early Twentieth-Century Latin America and the United States, University Honors Program, Fall 2008-Spring 2009.

  • Reader, Kristen Blosser. Peru: A Country of Two Concurrent National Identities. University Honors Program, Fall 2012-Spring 2013. 

  • Reader, Monica Whatley. Eastern European Immigration to the United States 1990-2010, University Honors Program, Fall 2010-Spring 2011.

  • Reader, Katie Hardin. Representation of Southern Identity in Contemporary Southern Literature, University Honors Program, Spring-Summer 2010.

  • Reader, John Havard. Departmental Honors Thesis in English, Fall 2004.

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