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Name: Wilma Feliciano
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Expertise Keywords: Andean history, Culture, Culture, Culture, Culture, Culture, Culture, Festive religious theater in Peru, Latin American drama, Latin American literature, Mesoamerican history, Mexican drama, Mexican history, Puerto Rican drama, Puerto Rican history, U. S. Latino literature

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: I have published a book, 17 articles, proceedings, interviews and reviews in refereed publications, produced two videos, read papers at 20 refereed conferences and 11 invited presentations on the topics above. In addition, I have three publications forthcoming and other related works in progress. My work has been published, produced or presented in eleven countries: USA, Mexico, Spain, Peru, Puerto Rico, Germany, France, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Ecuador.

Currrent Research: Religious theater in Peru, blacks in Colonial Mexico

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3488
E-mail Address: feliciaw@newpaltz.edu
Personal Web Site: http://newpaltz.edu/~feliciaw

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Have taught Spanish at all levels from kindergarten to graduate in public and private schools in NYC & NYS; TA at SUNYA; adjunct professor at Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT.


City College of NY 1964-68 BA 1968 Spanish
City College of NY 1968-74 MA 1974 Hispanic Literature
SUNY Albany 1977-81 Ph.D. 1987 Latin American Literature


1977-81 Minority Teaching Assistanship, SUNY Albany, Ph.D study.

1978 Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish National Honor Society, excellence in Spanish.

1978 NEH Summer Institute: Teaching Native Speakers of Spanish at the College Level, curriculum development.

1981 Benevolent Association Fellowship, SUNY Albany, dissertation research.

1986 Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowships for Minorities, Honorable Mention.

1988 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1988 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, SUNY Albany, best dissertation in Humanities and Fine Arts.

1989 Major Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1989 NEH Summer Institute: Re-Creating the New World Contact: Indigenous Languages and Literatures of Latin America, curriculum development.

1990 Research Grant, SUNY New Paltz, research travel to Mexico.

1990 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1990 Drescher Affirmative Action Leave Grant, NYS/UUP, semester paid leave-of-absence to revise dissertation for publication.

1990 EOP Special Recognition Award: "Outstanding Contributions"

1990 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, Student Association, SUNY New Paltz.

1991 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz College at New Paltz.

1991 SUNY Faculty Development Seminar Grant: Transforming Knowledge about Women of Color, NYS/UUP, SUNY Albany, curriculum development.

1992 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz College at New Paltz.

1993 SUNY PDQWLC Professional Development Grant, NYS/UUP, research trip to Mexico.

1993 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1994 Major Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1995 Major Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1996 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1997 Faculty Development Seminar Grant:Cross-Cultural Approaches to Curriculum Transformation, SUNY Albany, curriculum development.

1997 Minor Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz.

1998 SUNY PDQWLC Professional Development Grant, NYS/UUP Award, travel to Madrid to read conference paper.

1998 CRAL Research Grant, SUNY New Paltz, research and field work in Peru.

1999 CRAL Research Grant, SUNY New Paltz, to edit video "El Apu Inca de Sapallanga."

1999 Major Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz

2000 Merit in Film Award, Latin American Studies Association, "El Apu Inca de Sapallanga" (video), for artistic, historical and technical merits.

2000 Major Merit Award, SUNY New Paltz

Other professional activities

Invited to screen and introduce my video "El Apu Inca" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, as a complement to an exhibition commemorating 500 years of Peruvian silver, Dec 2000.

Invited to screen my video "Los Diablicos de Tucume" and give presentation by Society of Women Geographers, Explorers Club, New York City, May 2002; also at Hemispheric Conference on Performance and Politics, Lima, Peru, July 2002.

Organizational Memberships

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas

Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana

Latin American Studies Association

National Council of La Raza

National Puerto Rican Coalition

Society of Women Geographers, NYC chapter

100 Hispanic Women


Book: El teatro mítico de Carlos Solórzano. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma México (UNAM), 1995.

Video: "El Apu Inca de Sapallanga, Festividad de la Virgen de Cocharcas, Sapallanga, Peru," Spanish/English, Lima, 1999.

Video: "Los Diablicos de Túcume, Festividad de la Virgen Purísima," Spanish/English, Lima 2002.

Article: "A Comparison of Three, Current, College-Level Spanish for Native Speakers Textbooks." Bilingual Review IX/l (Jan. 1981): 72-81.

Book chapter: "Design for Two-Semester SNS course for Puerto Rican Students." Teaching Spanish to the Hispanic Bilingual. New York: Teachers College Press, 1981: 196-207.

Article: "El mundo mítico de Carlos Solórzano." Revista Iberoamericana No. 155 (abr. 1991): 577-588.

Article: "Myth and Representation in the Drama of Carlos Solórzano." Latin American Theatre Review 25/1 (Fall 1991): 123-133.

Proceedings: "The Dresden Codex: Religion and Science in Mesoamerica." Critical Thinking: Focus on Science and Technology, Proceedings 1990 Conference. Montclair (NJ) State College, 1992: 188-195.

Article: "La figura de Dios en tres dramas de Carlos Solórzano." Chasqui 21/2, (noviembre 1992): 27-34

Book review: "On New Ground, Contemporary Hispanic-American Plays." Latin American Theatre Review 26/2 (Spring 1993): 206-08.

Proceedings: "El teatro mestizo-misionero en Nueva España." Actas, XXIX Congreso de Literatura Iberoamericana, t. I, Barcelona: Promociones y Publicaciones Universitarias, 1994: 163-172.

Article: "Language and Identity in Three Plays by Dolores Prida." Latin American Theatre Review (LATR) 28/1, (Fall 1994): 125-138.

Book review: "Latin American Popular Theatre: The First Five Centuries." Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 10/2 (Fall 1994): 197-200.

Article: "Myrna Casas: la mujer y el juego metadramático." Revista del Ateneo Puertorriqueño (1994): 147-54.

Interview: "I am a Hyphenated American: Interview with Dolores Prida." LATR 29/1 (Fall 1995): 113-118.

Performance review: "No todas lo tienen by Myrna Casas." LATR 29/1 (Fall 1995): 179-180.

Introductory essay: "La tercera hispanidad: Latinos en los Estados Unidos." Hispanorama, Revista de la Asociación Alemana de Profesores de Español, No. 77, Leonsberg, Germany (August 1997): 8-12.

Interview: "'El teatro es mi oficio, no es mi hobby': Entrevista Luisa Josefina Hernández." Gestos 28 (Fall 1999): 135-139.

Book review: "Historia y Drama Ritual en los Andes Bolivianos by Margot Beyersdorff." Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 15/2 (Fall 1999): 141-144.

Performance review: "La captura y muerte de Atahualpa en Sapallanga." Gestos 29 (April 2000): 143-47.

Article: "Carlos Solorzano: La desmitificación de los dioses/Archetypal Inversions in the Drama of CS." Revista Teatral del Instituto Internacional del Centro UNESCO de México, Mexico (2000): 3-9.

Proceedings: "Dos comedias del circo lúdico en Puerto Rico." ACTAS del XII Congreso de Asociacón Internacional de Hispanistas. Madrid: Castalia, 2000: 93-100.

Introductory essay: "El nacimiento de México en el Popul Vuh de Luisa Josefina Hernández. Imaginación, Juegos, Mitos: Antologia del teatro latinoamericano para niños. M. M. Jaramillo (ed.). Medellín, Colombia: Universidad de Antioquia, 2002: 287-96.

"Latin American and Latina Women Dramatists." Encompassing Gender: Crossing Geographic and Disciplinary Boundaries. Deborah Rosenfeldt, Janice Monk, and Mary Lay (eds.). NY: Feminist Press, 2002: 344-52.

Encyclopedia entry/forthcoming: "Carlos Solórzano." Latin American Dramatists, Dictionary of Literary Biography. Adam Versenyi (ed.). Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman (by invitation of editor, 2003).

Encyclopedia entry/forthcoming: "Myrna Casas." Latin American Dramatists Dictionary of Literary Biography. Adam Versenyi (ed.). Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman (by invitation, 2003).

"El negro durante el coloniaje mexicano: La fiesta del mulato de Luisa Josefina Hernandez" Book chapter for critical anthology, El tema del negro en el teatro latinoamericano. M. M. Jaramillo (ed.), Medellin, Colombia: U de Antoquia.