Frederick Luciani

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Frederick Luciani

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Emeritus


BA, Rutgers University, 1976; MA, PhD, Yale University, 1977, 1982

Spanish American colonial literature; 19th, 20th century Latin American literature

Convent literature and culture of the colonial period; the Hispanic Baroque; Latin American Romanticism; Nineteenth-Century transatlantic literary relations; travel literature; the Latin American short story.


  • Jose María Heredia in New York (1823-1825):  An Exiled Cuban Poet in the Age of Revolution.  Selected Letters and Verse.  Ed. and trans.  Frederick Luciani.   SUNY Press 2020
  • Joaquín Barruchi y Arana,  Relación del festejo que a los Marqueses de las Amarillas les hicieron las Señoras Religiosas del Convento de San Jerónimo (México, 1756).  Ed. Frederick Luciani.  Biblioteca Indiana, no. 30.   Madrid/Frankfurt:  Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2011.
  • Literary Self-Fashioning in Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.  Lewisburg: Bucknell University Presses, 2004.

Selected articles and essays:

  • “The Ship:  Spanish America,” and “The Comedia:  Spanish America,” in A Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque:  Technologies of a Transatlantic Culture.  Ed. Kenneth Mills and Evonne Levy.  Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2013.
  • “Poetry in Motion: A Mexican Vicereine’s Verse Travel Diary (1757),” Caliope 16, 1 (2010).
  •  “Criminalidad y buen gobierno en un entremés conventual:  las monjas de San Jerónimo instruyen al virrey (México, 1756).”  Bulletin of the Comediantes 58, 1 (2006).
  • “An Approach to Teaching Drama Written in Colonial Spanish America.”  In Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama (MLA Teaching World Literature Series).  Ed. Laura R. Bass and Margaret R. Greer.  New York:  The Modern Language Association of America, 2006.
  • “The Man in the Car/in the Trees/behind the Fence:  From Cortázar's "Blow-Up" to Stone's JFK.”  Julio Cortázar:  New Readings.  Ed. Carlos J. Alonso.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Associate Editor, Colonial Latin American Review, 1999-2003, 2010-present. General Editor, 2003-2010.

Director, Colgate University program in Spain, fall 1994, fall 2003, fall 2006, fall 2010, fall 2011, fall 2013, fall 2015, fall 2018.

Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Colgate University, spring 1991, 1992-1994, spring 1996, 1996-1998, 2000-2002, 2005-2006, 2016-2018, spring 2019.

Colgate Presidential Scholar, 2006-2008; NEH Research Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, 2005; NEH Fellowship 1995; Research Associate, Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley 1991; Picker Fellowship 1988; Cornell University Latin American Studies Program summer 1987; Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies 1984

Member of Editorial Boards of Colonial Latin American Review, 1995-present; Latin American Literary Review, 1990-1996; Revista Iberoamericana, 1992-1994.  Member, Advisory Board, Philologica Canariensia, 2013-present.