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Dr Consuelo Martínez Reyes is Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the International Studies Department at Macquarie University. Her work focuses on the representation of gender, sexuality, and national sentiments in Hispanic Caribbean literature and cinema. She is also a writer and translator. She is the editor and translator of Not the Time to Stay: The Unpublished Plays of Víctor Fragoso (2018, Centro Press) and author of the short story collection En blanco (2018, La Pereza).

She is currently working on a monograph entitled Queer Nenas: Representing Love between Women in the Hispanic Caribbean. Queer Nenas considers the apparent invisibility of lesbianism throughout the literary and cinematic history of the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic), specifically during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and the way in which certain circumstances simultaneously hide, regulate, and allow the expression of what are considered sexual “deviancies.” The text looks at the ways in which alternative female sexualities have been previously silenced or represented only at the symbolic level, and only recently have found a public voice openly identified as ‘lesbian’ in the islands. Therefore, the book aims to present a history of female characters who love women, thus instituting a lesbian literary and filmic canon in the Hispanic Caribbean.

Education/Academic qualification

Romance Languages (Spanish), PhD, University of Pennsylvania

20052010

Romance Languages, Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania

20042005

Comparative Literature, Bachelor of Arts, University of Puerto Rico

19982003

Creative Writing in Spanish, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

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