Charlotte Rogers

Lisa Smith Discovery Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish
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Virtual Meetings Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Research Summary

Charlotte Rogers specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin America and the Caribbean, with a comparative focus on representations of the tropics in literature and culture. She is the author of Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012) and Mourning El Dorado: Literature and Extractivism in the American Tropics (University of Virginia Press, 2019). Her articles appear in journals including PMLA, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispania, MLN and the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. She serves on the Advisory Board for PMLA (2020-2023) and on the Editorial Board of the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Her new research project takes an ecocritical approach in examining the twenty-first-century Caribbean literature and art. At UVa, Professor Rogers is a core faculty member in the Environmental Humanities, a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship in Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, and Director of Graduate Admissions for the Ph.D. program in Spanish.


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A., Yale University

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University



 Mourning El Dorado: Literature and Extractivism in the American Tropics. University of Virginia Press, 2019.

Jungle Fever: Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-Century Tropical Narratives. Vanderbilt University Press, 2012.


“Puerto Rico: Art, Debt, Environment, and Colonialism.” Invited contribution to The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Forms. Edited by Mariano Siskind and Guillermina de Ferrari. Routledge, publication expected 2020.

“Eco-Magical Realism: An Eco-critical Interpretation of the Hurricane in Gabriel García Márquez’s The Autumn of the Patriarch.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. Publication expected in 2020.

“The Environmentalism of Poor Women of Color in Mayra Santos Febres’s Nuestra Señora de la Noche.Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World. Routledge, 2019.

“Notas del viaje a la Gran Sabana (Notes of the Trip to the Great Savannah) by the Cuban Author Alejo Carpentier.” PMLA. October 2019.

“‘El ágora entre manglares:’ la arquitectura griega en El siglo de las luces de Alejo Carpentier.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. June 2019.

“Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado.” In Eds. Javiar Urriarte and Felipe Martínez Pinzón. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019.

“Los pasos encontrados en la Fundación Alejo Carpentier.” Cuadernos hispanoamericanos. 792. (June 2016) 105-108

“Mario Vargas Llosa and the novela de la selva.” TheBulletin of Spanish Studies. 93 (July 2016) 1043-1060.        

“‘La selva no tiene nada de inesperado:’ Amazonian Disillusionment in La Nieve del Almirante by Alvaro Mutis.” Orillas. 4 (2015). Online.

“Guillotina y fiesta en El siglo de las luces.MLN. 128.2 (March 2013) 335-351.

El órfico ensalmador: Ethnography and Shamanism in Alejo Carpentier’s Los pasos perdidos.Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 35.2 (September 2011). 351-372.

“Carpentier, Collecting, and lo barroco americano.Hispania. 94:2 (June 2011). 240-251.

“Medicine, Madness, and Writing in La vorágine.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). 87.2 (January 2010): 89-108.

Published Interview:

“The Lost Cities of the Amazon: A Conversation with Milton Hatoum.” World Literature Today. September-October 2014. 34-37.


America Unbound Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studiesby Antonio Barrenechea. University of New Mexico Press, 2016. In Modern Fiction Studies.  Summer 2018 (64.2)

Proust’s Latin Americansby Rubén Gallo. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. Comparative Literature Studies. 54:1. (2016) 256-260. 

Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2015. In Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production in the Luso-Hispanic World.2: 6. Fall 2016. Online.

“La mirada invernocular: clima y cultura en Colombia (1808-1924).” by Felipe Martínez-Pinzón. Doctoral Dissertation, New York University, 2012.  Dissertation Reviews. Oct. 2013:

Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism by Domingo F. Sarmiento, trans. Kathleen Ross. Review: Latin American Literature and Arts. Nov. 2004: 302-304.

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