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Nancy LaGreca

Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office

731 Elm Avenue, Room 209A, Norman, OK, 73019-2115 Robertson Hall 209A  

(405) 325-1154



Dr. LaGreca's research uncovers how intellectuals of the 19th and early 20th centuries sought to define themselves in the face of strong nationalist discourses of ideal citizenship. An example of this is her book Rewriting Womanhood: Early Feminism, Subjectivity, and the Angel of the House in the Latin American Novel, 1887-1903 (Penn State UP 2009), a historical and literary study of the ways that women novelists sought to redefine the feminine by writing intelligent, dynamic early feminist heroines. Erotic Mysticism: Subversion and Transcendence in Latin American Modernismo (UNC Press 2016) is a philosophical and psychoanalytic study of the subversive political power of non-theistic erotic mysticism in the novels and essays of key modernista writers.

The aforementioned research informs the methodology and selection of texts for courses she teaches at OU. Courses taught:

Undergraduate: Introduction to Readings; Survey I: Colonial literature through modernismo; Survey II: Posmodernismo and beyond; Senior Capstone: Positivism, Scientific Discourse, and the Latin American Novel.

Graduate: The Spanish American Novel from Romanticism to the Vanguard; Spanish American Modernismo; Spanish American Women Writers.

Dr. LaGreca has worked in higher education administration since spring 2010. As Executive Director of the South Central Modern Language Association she led the association back to health financially and functionally after the economic crisis of 2007-2008. From 2012-2017 she served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, which serves roughly 9,000 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students through its 23 programs of study. Several highlights of Dr. LaGreca’s time leading MLLL include securing increases in departmental research funding, leading the unit’s strategic planning process, renovating facilities, and establishing the Chair’s Professional Development Workshop to enhance graduate student success. From 2017-2018 Dr. LaGreca worked as Associate Dean of the Graduate College, where she led graduate strategic initiatives with colleges and departments as well as managed appeals, student concerns, and supervised Graduate College staff. Her current administrative position is in the Provost’s Office assisting with academic program review and leading several committees and initiatives in support of OU faculty.

Selected Publications


Rewriting Womanhood: Early Feminism, Subjectivity, and the Angel of the House in The Latin American Novel, 1887-1903. Pennsylvania State University Press, March 2009. 209 pages.

Erotic Mysticism: Subversion and Transcendence in Latin American Modernismo. UNC Chapel Hill's Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures Series, November 2016. 184 pages


"Theories of Non-Theistic Mysticism in Essayistic Prose of Modernismo: Carlos Díaz Dufoo and Manuel Díaz Rodríguez" Hispanófila Forthcoming 2015.

"Decadence as a Progressive Force in Select Prose of Julián del Casal and Amado Nervo" South Central Review 30.2 (2013): 112-135.

“Intertextual, Sexual Politics: New Renderings of Illness and Desire in Aurora Cáceres’s La rosa muerta (1914)” Hispania 95.4 (2012): 617-28.

“The Sublime Corpse in Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s Women’s Journal El Album Cubano de lo Bueno y lo Bello (1860)” Hispania 92.2 (2009): 201-212.

“Erotic Fetishism in the Short Prose of Almas y cerebros (1898) by Enrique Gómez Carrillo (1873-1927).” Ciberletras. 16 (2006). 20 pages.

“Literatura y conciencia: El suicidio femenino en el Album Cubano de lo Bueno y lo Bello (1860) y Dos mujeres (1842) de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.” Revolución y Cultura 4 (2006): 12-16.

“Feminist Literary Criticism of Latin American Women’s Writing: Context, Approaches, and Analysis of the 1990s and early 2000s.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 40 (2006): 379-403.

"Evil Women and Feminist Sentiment: Baroque Contradictions in María de Zayas's 'El prevenido engañado' y 'Estragos que causa el vicio'" Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 28.3 (2004): 323-333.


PhD University of Texas Austin 2004

MA University of Texas Austin 1998

BA State University of New York Geneseo 1995


Women Writers, Modernista Narrative, Non-theistic Mysticism, Positivism, Gender and Subjectivity