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Julia Chang

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Klarman Hall, Room K365
jhc324@cornell.edu

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Overview

Julia Chang is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies and a member of the core faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Language and Literatures with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Brown University and San Quentin State Prison. Her areas of specialization include nineteenth-century Spanish literature and culture with a special focus on the realist novel, gender studies, and medical hygiene. More recently, she has begun research on Hispano-Filipino relations and late Spanish imperialism.

Professor Chang’s current book project, Blood and Chastity: Narratives of Purity in Spanish Realism, examines the fictional afterlife of limpieza de sangre (blood purity) by examining realism’s fallen women—caught in a bind between modern gender ideals and the persistence of blood-based social hierarchies. She also has two new research projects. The first examines the racialized and gendered contours of Hispano-Filipino relations after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The second theorizes the concept of utility in relation to military masculinity in the aftermath of American emancipation and Spanish colonial defeat. 

RECENT COURSES

  • FGSS 2010: Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • SPAN 2010: Perspectives on Spain in Spanish
  • SPAN 4030: Senior Seminar: Imperial Fictions
  • SPAN 2140: Survey of Modern Spanish Literature

Research Focus

  • Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • Spanish Imperialism and the Philippines
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminism and Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • History of Medicine
  • Disability Studies

Departments/Programs

  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

Publications

  • “‘Bella y varonil’: Looking Back at Mauricia in Benito Peréz Galdós’s Fortunata y Jacinta,” forthcoming in a special issue “Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures,” Hispanic Issues Online
  • “Between Intimacy and Enmity: Spain and the Philippines Post-Suez,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 17.4 (2016): 305-322.
  • “Blood, Purity, and Pleasure in Leopoldo Alas’s La Regenta,” Hispanic Review 84.3 (2016): 299-321.
  • “‘Aquellos neófitos indios, chinos o anamitas:’ Asia and the Imperial Imaginary in Doña Luz,” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 18.1 (2014): 235-246. 
  • Tiempo loco: Queer Temporality in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s La Tribuna,” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48.3 (2014): 549-569.