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Dr. Joyce Tolliver PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese; Affiliated Faculty, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Global Studies; Affiliated Faculty, European Union Center

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Contact Information

Office Hours

  • spring 2016: M and W 11:30-12:20

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

Spain, 19-20th centuries, gender, narrative, translation, Philippines,

Research Description

  • Most of my research focuses on gender, sexuality, and discourse in Spain since the mid- 19th century, with a focus on narrative and on the turn of the century (19th to 20th), as well as on translation studies. 

    Currently, I am researching and analyzing the roles played by gender and race in the cultural discourses on the Spanish Empire at the fin de siglo, with a special emphasis on the Philippines. My book in progress on this subject is tentatively titled Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire. 

    My  articles, "El heroísmo del escritor: Unamuno, Rizal, y el heroísmo incorpóreo" (2013), "Framing Colonial Manliness, Domesticity, and Empire in 'Página suelta' and Oscuramente'" (Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.1: 3-24) and “Over Her Bloodless Body: Gender, Race, and the Spanish Colonial Fetish in Pardo Bazán,”  [Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 34.2 (2010): 285-301] are also components of this larger project.

    Below I list a selection of my other recent publications.


  • PhD, University of Southern California; MA and BA, University of Iowa

Distinctions / Awards

  • Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, 2000
  • Center for Advanced Study Associate, fall 2012


  • UIUC Center for Advanced Study Associate Research Grant, "Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire," for fall 2012

External URLs

  • http://www.translation.illinois.edu
  • http://ww.gws.illinois.edu


  • RECENT SEMINARS: Slow Reading "Fortunata y Jacinta"; Spain's Modern Empire; Spain and the Philippines
  • FOR ALL SLCL GRADUATE STUDENTS: Professional/Academic Writing
  • MIXED GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish-English Translation Studies; 18-19th C. Spanish Studies; Spanish Studies 1898-1960
  • UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish Literature II, Readings in Hispanic Texts
  • FOR CAMPUS HONORS STUDENTS: Translating "Hispanic" Cultures



  • Tolliver, Joyce. Cigar Smoke and Violet-Water: Gendered Discourse in the Stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell, 1998.

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Book Contributions

  • "‘El heroísmo del escritor’: Unamuno, Rizal, y el heroísmo incorpóreo." Perfiles del heroísmo en la literatura hispánica de entresiglos (XIX-XX). Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro and Denise Dupont. Valladolid: Verdelis, 2013. 201-210.
  • Tolliver, Joyce, and Sean McDaniel. "La vergüenza de don Alvaro." Obscenidad, vergüenza, tabú: Contornos y retornos de lo reprimido entre los siglos XVIII y XIX.. Ed. Fernando Durán López. Cádiz: University of Cádiz, 2013. 311-19.
  • "Politics and the Feminist Essay in Spain." A Companion to Spanish Women’s Studies. London: Tamesis, 2011. 243-56.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "'La inaudita novela’: La masculinidad femenina en la periodística de Emilia Pardo Bazán ." La literatura de Emilia Pardo Bazán. Ed. José M. González-Herrán. Coruña: Real Academia Galega, 2009.

Edited Books

  • Cruz, Anne J., and Rosilie Hernández-Pecoraro. Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina Women. Newark DE: Juan de la Cuesta Press, 2003.
  • “El encaje roto” y otros cuentos de Emilia Pardo Bazán. New York: Modern Language Association, 1996.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. “Torn Lace” and Other Stories by Emilia Pardo Bazán. New York: Modern Language Association, 1996.

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Journal Articles

  • Tolliver, Joyce. "Framing Colonial Manliness, Domesticity, and Empire in 'Página suelta' and 'Oscuramente'." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.1 (2012): 3-24.
  • Tolliver, Joyce, and Sean McDaniel. "Superficialidad, seriedad, passing, y Los intereses creados." Hecho Teatral 12 (2012): 43-60.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "Over Her Bloodless Body: Gender, Race, and the Spanish Colonial Fetish in Pardo Bazán ." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 34.2 (2010): 285-301.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "'Relics': Home, Modernity, and Dispossession in Solitud and Los pazos de Ulloa." Siglo XIX 16 (2010): 171-93.

Editorial Work

  • associate editor, Hispania
  • editorial board, Decimonónica

Research Interests

  • Modern Iberian/Global Hispanophone Studies
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Translation Studies
  • Philippines