Cinthya Torres

Cinthya Torres

Cinthya Torres

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Lucey Administration Building 255
p: 251-380-4647

Dr. Torres´ research studies how territory informed discussions of cultural identity and nationhood in the Amazon Basin at the turn of the twentieth century, a time in which countries sharing Amazonian territories were in the process of demarcating their modern frontiers. Through the framework of diplomatic conflicts during the Amazon rubber era (1850-1920), her book project, tentatively titled Contested Frontiers: Space, Sovereignty, and Modernity in the Amazon Basin, explores how literature and cartography became useful tools, claimed by official and non-official social agents, for supporting territorial power and influencing attitudes and behaviors at the local, national, and even transnational level.


Ph.D., M.Phil., MA., Harvard University

B.A., Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.

Selected Publications:

“Mapas de la ficción e identidad en La isla de Fushía de Irma del Águila”. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana (forthcoming).

“Contested Frontiers: Territory and Power in Euclides da Cunha’s Amazonian Essays.” In Intimate Frontiers. A Literary Geography of the Amazon. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018 (forthcoming).

 “On Poverty and the Representation of the Other in The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector.” INTI. Revista de Literatura Hispánica. No. 85-86, Primavera-Otoño 2017.

 “El paraíso perdido de Euclides da Cunha.” Euclides da Cunha, Un paraíso perdido. Ensayos Amazónicos. Lima: Pasacalle/Biblioteca Nacional de Brasil, 2016.