Elena Deanda-Camacho is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Director of the Black Studies Program at Washington College. She received her BA from the University of Veracruz, Mexico, and her PhD from Vanderbilt University. Besides literature, she has studied philosophy, religion, and medieval studies in Mexico, France, and the USA.


Deanda specializes in early modern Spanish literature with an emphasis in the Spanish Enlightenment and colonial Mexico. Her research moves between medieval women’s theology and prostitution in the eighteenth century. Her scholarship and teaching practice interrogates questions about gender, race, and ethnicity; desire, sex, and love; inquisitorial censorship and freedom of speech.


Ph.D. in Spanish. Honors. Minor in Philosophy. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN. USA. Certificate in Latin American Studies. 2010.

M.A. in Spanish. Honors. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN. USA. 2007.

B.A. in Spanish Literature. University of Veracruz. Xalapa, Ver. MEXICO. 2001. Research abroad: Center for Occitan Studies and Université Jean Jaurés. Toulouse, FRANCE.


Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “‘Chingaquedito:’ Son y Subversión en el México del siglo 18” [‘Chingaquedito: Song and Subversion in 18th Century Mexico’]. Música Oral del Sur 2021 (forthcoming).

  • Fanny Hill, la pornografía y la novela sentimental: El eslabón faltante en la gesta de la novela inglesa dieciochesca” [Fanny Hill, Pornography and the Sentimental novel: The Missing Link in the Making of the Eighteenth Century English Novel] Nuevas Poligrafías. Revista de Teoría Literaria y Literatura Comparada 3 (2021): 38-56.

  • “The Reproduction of Non-Productive Sex: The Brothel as a Site of Learning in English, French, and Spanish Pornologies.” Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert 44.2 (2020): 190-209.

  • “La pornología como un instrumento epistemológico en Fanny Hill, Thérèse Philosophe, el Arte de putear y las Décimas a las prostitutas de México” [Pornology as an Epistemological Instrument in Fanny Hill, Thérèse Philosopher, the Art of Whoring, and Poems to Mexican Prostitutes]. Cuadernos de Estudios del Siglo XVIII 30 (2020): 137-64.

  • “Sor Juana, doctora en Teología: La sabiduría y el conocimiento en los villancicos de 1676.” [Sor Juana, Doctor in Theology: Wisdom and Knowledge in her 1676 Villancicos] Calíope. Journal of the Society of Renaissance and Baroque Poetry 22.2 (2017): 191-216.

  • “Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in 120 Days of Sodom.Studies of Eighteenth-Century Culture 46 (2017): 21-33.

  • “La fatalidad del poder: La muerte como el papa y el inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Lope de Vega y Micael de Carvajal” [Power’s Fatality: Death as the Pope and the Inquisitor in The Deathly Court by Lope de Vega and Micael de Carvajal]. Bulletin of Comediantes 67.2 (2015): 157-76.

  • “Speak in Silence: The Power of Weakness in the Works of Teresa de Cartagena.” e-Humanista. Journal of Iberian Studies 29 (2015): 461-75.

  • “‘Maldito’ “Jarabe gatuno:” Poéticas de la censura inquisitorial en la Nueva España” [‘Damned’ “Jarabe Gatuno:” Poetics of Inquisitorial Censorship in New Spain]. Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): 25-36.

  •  “María Candelaria y Oficio de tinieblas: Representando a la mujer indígena en el México del siglo XX” [María Candelaria and Oficio de Tinieblas: Representing Indigenous Women in 20th Century Mexico]. Semiosis 13.1 (2011): 69-84.

  • “The Politics of a Colonial Folksong: Male Bonding, Pardos’ Chuchumbe, and the Inquisitorial Body.” Transverse 10 (2010): 15 pages.

  • “El chuchumbé te he de soplar: sobre obscenidad, censura y memoria oral en el primer ‘son de la tierra’ novohispano” [I Will Blow Your Cock: On Obscenity, Censorship, and Oral Memory in a Colonial Mexican Folk Song]. Mester 36 (2007): 53-71.

  • “On Joy, Death, and Writing: From Autobiography to Autothanatography in Clarice Lispector’s Works.” Working Papers in Romance Languages 1.1 (2006) Vol. : Iss. 1, Article 5.

Book Chapters

  • “Hell is Over: Poetry and Protest in the Folksong Jarabe Gatuno in Eighteenth Century Mexico.” Protest in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Yvonne Fuentes. New York: Routledge, 2021 (forthcoming).

  • “Dys/Eu-phemisms: The Pornographic and the Erotic in Eighteenth Century Spanish Poetry.” Pornographic Sensibilities. Chad Leahy and Nick Jones, eds. New York: Routledge, 2020. 110-140.

  • “Entre burlas y veras: El alcalde y la mojiganga en la “Audiencia de los tres alcaldes” de Bances Candamo” [Seriously Joking: The Mayor and the Carnaval in “The Three Mayors’ Hearing” by Bances Candamo]. In Asturias y los asturianos en la temprana edad moderna. Ed. Jorge Abril. Valladolid, Spain: Verdelís, 2020 (forthcoming).

  •  “Quevedo en México: La lealtad y la traición en las glosas del padrenuestro prohibidas por la Inquisición” [Quevedo in Mexico: Loyalty and Treason in the Paternoster glosses Forbidden by the Inquisition]. Flavia Gherardi and Miguel Ángel Candelas Colodrón, eds. Amor constante: Quevedo más allá de la muerte. Bellaterra: Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2018. 71-92.

  • “Percances de la memoria: Tensiones entre el sujeto y la colectividad en La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo” [Memory Gaps: Tensions Between the Subject and the Colectivity in La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo]. Literatura de tradición oral de México. Ed. Donají Cuellar. San Luis Potosí-Xalapa: College of San Luis-University of Veracruz, 2012. 197-221.


  • Translation: “Essay About the Indigenous Use of Pipiltzintzintzin (Cannabis Sativa)” by Antonio de Alzate.” The Catholic Enlightenment: A Global Anthology, Ulrich Lehner and Shaun Blanchard, eds. New York: Catholic U of America P, 2020 (forthcoming).

  • Encyclopedic Entry: “120 Days of Sodom by Marquis of Sade.” Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism. New York: Gale and Cengage, 2020 (forthcoming).

  • “Introduction” to “Silence Revisited: Regulation, Censorship, and Freedom of Speech,” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): 25-36.

  • Testimonial: “From Hell to Hell: Bodily Regimes and Archival Research in Mexico, Spain, the Vatican, and France.” Dieciocho 39.2 (2016): 291-95.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Anon., Gomez and Eleonora: Translated from a Spanish Manuscript (1798); Mme. De Genlis, Placide, A Spanish Tale (1817); Henrietta Sykes, Stories of the Four Nations (1813); and Pedro Montengon [trans. Charles Hervey Smith], Eudoxia: Daughter of Belisarious (1818). The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel1660-1820. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020 (forthcoming).

  • Review of The Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Women Writers by Nieves Baranda and Anne J. Cruz. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 53.2 (2019): 782-784.

  • Review of Resistencia de los negros en el virreinato de México (siglos XVI-XVIII) by Jean-Pierre Tardieu. Afro-Hispanic Review 36.1 (2017): 248-250.

  • Review of Searching for Madre Matiana: Prophecy and Popular Culture in Modern Mexico by Edward Wright-Rios. Letras Femeninas 43.1 (2017): 176-78.

  • Review of Cónsul Jones y otros poemas by Delia Pasini. The Hopkins Quarterly 42.1 (2015): 76-80.

  • Review of The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820: A Documentary History by John F. Chuchiak IV. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 94 (2013): 136-37.

  • Review of No sólo ayunos y oraciones. Piezas teatrales menores en conventos de monjas (siglo XVIII) by María Sten y Raquel Gutiérrez Estupiñán. The Latin Americanist 52.3 (2008): 105-107.

Creative Writing (Short Stories)

  • “Paréntesis.Ámbitos feministas (2014): 131-133.

  • “Bajo la sombra de Eros” [Under Eros’s Shadow]. Quince años de cuento [15 years of Short Stories]. Ed. Rafael Figueroa. Xalapa: DGEMSyS, 2004.

  • Breve crónica del deseo [A Brief Chronicle of Desire]. Xalapa: Durandarte, 2003.

  • “Bajo la sombra de Eros” and “Frustración suicida” [Under Eros’s Shadow and Failed Suicide]. Ganadores del Concurso de Cuento 1995-1996 [Winners of the Short Story Contest 1995-1996]. Ed. Edith Camacho. Xalapa: DGEMSyS, 1996.

Blog Posts


    Manuscript: “Ofensiva a los oídos piadosos: Obscenidad y censura en la poesía española del diecioocho.”

    Manuscript: “Pornopoetics: The Poetics of Pornography in the European Eighteenth-Century.”

    Article: “Gilles de Rais: France, the Inquisition, and the Force of Silence.” Article.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “The Reproduction of Non-Productive Sex: Age, Capital, and Bawd’s Legacy in Celestina.” Congreso Internacional del Círculo de Estudios de la Literatura Picaresca y Celestinesca. NY 2022 (forthcoming)

    “Spanish Sensorium.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies ASECS Conference. St. Louis, MO. March 2021 (forthcoming).


    Modern Language Association MLA.

    Latin American Studies Association LASA.

    American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies ASECS.

    Ibero American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Section. IASECS.

    Institute FEIJOO, U of Oviedo, Spain.

    Association of Studies of Gender and Sexualities. ASGS.

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