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Grady C. Wray

Associate Professor, Colonial Latin American Literature

Kaufman Hall 225B

(405) 325-4198


Grady C. Wray, Associate Professor of Spanish, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1999 and joined the faculty of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in 2000. Specializing in women writers of colonial Spanish America, Professor Wray's major investigatory focus concerns the religious writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. His book, The Devotional Exercises/Los Ejercicios devotos of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico’s Prodigious Nun (1648/50-1695), is the first critical study and bilingual annotated edition on Sor Juana's devotional work. It was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005).

He is a regular participant for the Grupo de Estudios de la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica "GEMELA" (1300-1800) conference. Some of his most recent papers include "An Early Glimpse of Sor Juana’s Finezas," "The Immaculate Conception: Sor Juana's Iconographical Portrait of Words," and "Imitatio Mariae: Los escritos devotos de la Madre Ágreda y Sor Juana."

Professor Wray has won numerous teaching awards including the Longmire Prize, the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award, and the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching. He is also a Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award Recipient. Typically he teaches graduate courses in colonial Latin-American literature as well as undergraduate courses in Spanish conversation and Latin-American literature. He has led the OU in Buenos Aires program and frequently accompanies students to the OU Study Center in Puebla, Mexico.

Selected Publications

His most recent translations appear in The Latin American Ecocultural Reader (Northwestern University Press, 2020) and El cero móvil de su boca / The Mobile Zero of Its Mouth (katakana editores, 2020). His essay "Sor Juana and the Villancicos to San José: Finezas, Silence, and Jealousy" appeared in the journal Romance Notes" (2018), and his chapter "Challenging Theological Authority: The Carta atenagórica / Crisis sobre un sermón and the Respuesta a Sor Filotea" was published in The Routledge Research Companion to the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2017). The Modern Language Association of America published his essay, "Sacred Allusions: Theology in Sor Juana’s Work," in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2007) and the Centro de Estudios: La Mujer en la Historia de América Latina (CEMHAL) published his essay "Los sermones escondidos de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz" in Mujeres que escriben en América Latina (2007). Other articles of interest are "Los vínculos religiosos y sabios en los Ejercicios devotos de Sor Juana" in Sandra Lorenzano's Aproximaciones a Sor Juana (2005) and "Seventeenth Century Wise Women of Spain and the Americas: Madre Ágreda and Sor Juana" (Studia Mystica, Vol.XXII, 2001).


Ph.D. Indiana University

M.A. University of Oklahoma

B.A. University of Oklahoma


Colonial Latin-American Literature

Latin-American Women Writers

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz