Assistant Professor of English
Office: CPR 329
Ylce Irizarry is Associate Professor of English. She earned her Ph.D. in English at The Pennsylvania State University.
My research areas include all things Latin@, including Chicana/o and Latina/o and cultural production, Hispanic transnational literatures, Caribbean historical fiction, Visual Rhetorics, and Testimonio. Generally, I am interested in what and why: what representations of Latin@ experience look like and why authors have made the specific generic, linguistic, and visual choices that ultimately appear in their work. My most recent significant publication is my book, Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (U of Illinois Press, 2016). The book offers what the title promises: a study of Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction. All of the texts are from the contemporary period and the chapters are organized by pairing books written by authors from two of these four major Hispanic descended groups: Cubans, Dominicans, Mexican, and Puerto Ricans American.
In shorter scholarship, my articles and book chapters appear in venues specific to a few broad kinds of literature: American, Comparative, Hispanic, and Contemporary. My most recent article is “Because Place Still Matters: Mapping Puertorriqueñidad in Bodega Dreams” (Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2015). Earlier publications include articles in journals including Antípodas (2009), Contemporary Literature (2007), and Comparative American Studies (2006). Other publications include book chapters, including one in Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke UP, 2016) and one in Hispanic Caribbean Literatures of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave, 2011).
My research has garnered me some great opportunities. I was awarded a McKnight Faculty Development Research Fellowship (2010-2011) and a 2011 Humanities Institute Summer Grant to complete my book. There has also been international interest in my work; I have presented in these countries: Spain (2016, 2012), Curaçao (2011), Puerto Rico (2009), and The Netherlands (2008, 2003). My teaching routinely includes courses in US Literatures, including Latina@ Literature and US Multiethnic Fiction. I also teach courses framed by historical period such as Contemporary Literature and genre, such as Modern Short Prose. In all of my courses, I work with students to read texts (books, poems, films, plays) at multiple levels: linguistic, generic, cultural. We pay attention to the material conditions through which the text is produced, its intended audience, and how we, as readers, engage with it.
Outside research and teaching, diversity service is a personal commitment I meet as often as possible. I guest lecture on Latin@ culture and identity, participate in mentoring opportunities such as the Sisters of the Academy Research Bootcamp, and deliver workshops on diversity, higher education, and professional development for underrepresented students. I am honored to have received the Diamond Award for Community Engagement from the Sisters of Delta Tau Lambda and a Pathways Award for Junior Faculty Excellence in Research from the President’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (SOL) at USF.