Amanda Powell

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  • Title: Senior Lecturer II Emerita of Spanish
  • Phone: 541-346-0953
  • Office: 105 Friendly Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department
  • Interests: Early modern Hispanic women writers: secular & religious, literary translation studies (theory & practice), queer theory, creative writing, our next conversation in class!


B.A., 1977, Yale; M.A., 1983, Boston University. (UO since 1991)

Research and teaching interests

16th and 17th century Spanish and Colonial Latin American women writers; spriritual autobiography and mysticism; lyrical texts; 17th-century women's sapphic verse; Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Literary translation: theory and practice. Queer theory.


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The Answer/La Respuesta. Translation and commentary by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell (The Feminist Press at City University of New York [1994]). Second edition, revised and expanded, 2009. Book for the Hour of Recreation of María de San José Salazar (1548-1605). Intro. Alison Weber, translation Amanda Powell (University of Chicago Press, "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" series, 2002). A Wild Country Out in the Garden: The Spiritual Journals of a Colonial Mexican Nun, study and translation by Kathleen Myers and Amanda Powell (Indiana University Press, 1999). Untold Sisters: Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Works by E. Arenal and Stacey Schlau; translations of poetry and prose by Amanda Powell (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989).