Charlotte Rogers

Lisa Smith Discovery Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 475
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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). Mourning El Dorado received Honorable Mention in the Latin American Studies Association Amazonia section Best Book Prize competition in 2020. Her articles appear in journals including PMLA, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispania, MLN and the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. She serves on the Peer 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

Selected Publications


 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.


“Art and Debt in the Oldest Colony: Creative Resistance in Contemporary Puerto Rican Culture.” 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 mid-2021.

“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. October 2020,

“Rita Indiana’s Queer Interspecies Caribbean and the Hispanic Literary Tradition,” Small Axe Salon, (Duke UP). July 30, 2020,

“Notas del viaje a la Gran Sabana (Notes of the Trip to the Great Savannah) by Alejo Carpentier.” Translation and Introduction for “Little Known Documents,” PMLA, volume 134, number 5, October 2019, 1104-1108.

 “‘El ágora entre manglares:’ la arquitectura griega en El siglo de las luces de Alejo Carpentier.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, volume 53, number 1, May 2019, 283-303.

“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.

“Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado.” In Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon. Edited by Javiar Uriarte and Felipe Martínez Pinzón. Liverpool University Press, 2019, 248-266.

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

“Mario Vargas Llosa and the novela de la selva.” The Bulletin 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.