Dr. Joyce Tolliver PhD

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Assoc Prof of Spanish and Director, Center for Translation Studies; affiliate faculty in Center for Translation Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, CLACS, European Union Center, Center for Global Studies of Gender and Women's Studies,Latin American and Caribbean Studies,Spanish and Portuguese,Center for Global Studies,European Union Center, and Center for Translation Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Spain, 19-20th centuries, gender, narrative, translation, Philippines

Research Description

  • Most of my research focuses on gender, sexuality, and discourse in Spain since the mid- 19th century, with a focus on narrative and on the turn of the century (19th to 20th), as well as on translation studies. 

    Currently, I am researching and analyzing the roles played by gender and race in the cultural discourses on the Spanish Empire at the fin de siglo, with a special emphasis on the Philippines. My book in progress on this subject is tentatively titled Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire. 


  • PhD, University of Southern California; MA and BA, University of Iowa

Distinctions / Awards

  • Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, 2000
  • Center for Advanced Study Associate, fall 2012


  • UIUC Center for Advanced Study Associate Research Grant, "Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire," for fall 2012

External URLs

  • http://www.translation.illinois.edu
  • http://ww.gws.illinois.edu


  • RECENT SEMINARS AND COURSE TOPICS: "Feelling/Real: 18th-19th Century in Spain"; Slow Reading "Fortunata y Jacinta"; Spain's Modern Empire; Spain and the Philippines;
  • FOR ALL SLCL GRADUATE STUDENTS: Professional/Academic Writing
  • MIXED GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish-English Translation Studies; 18-19th C. Spanish Studies; Spanish Studies 1898-1960
  • UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish Literature II, Readings in Hispanic Texts
  • FOR CAMPUS HONORS STUDENTS: Translating "Hispanic" Cultures



  • Tolliver, Joyce. Cigar Smoke and Violet-Water: Gendered Discourse in the Stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán. . Lewisburg PA: Bucknell, 1998.

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Book Contributions

  • "Pardo Bazán and Spain's Late Modern Empire." Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Emilia Pardo Bazán. . New York: Modern Language Association, 2017. 93-98.

  • "'El color nacional': Race, Nation, and the Philippine 'Ilustrados'." Empire's End: Transnational Connections in the Hispanic World, 1808-1898. . Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2016. 102-127.

  • "‘El heroísmo del escritor’: Unamuno, Rizal, y el heroísmo incorpóreo." Perfiles del heroísmo en la literatura hispánica de entresiglos (XIX-XX). . Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro and Denise Dupont. Valladolid: Verdelis, 2013. 201-210.

  • Tolliver, Joyce, and Sean McDaniel. "La vergüenza de don Alvaro." Obscenidad, vergüenza, tabú: Contornos y retornos de lo reprimido entre los siglos XVIII y XIX.. . Ed. Fernando Durán López. Cádiz: University of Cádiz, 2013. 311-19.

  • "Politics and the Feminist Essay in Spain." A Companion to Spanish Women’s Studies. . London: Tamesis, 2011. 243-56.

  • Tolliver, Joyce. "'La inaudita novela’: La masculinidad femenina en la periodística de Emilia Pardo Bazán ." La literatura de Emilia Pardo Bazán. . Ed. José M. González-Herrán. Coruña: Real Academia Galega, 2009.

Edited Books

  • Cruz, Anne J., and Rosilie Hernández-Pecoraro. Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina Women. . Newark DE: Juan de la Cuesta Press, 2003.

  • “El encaje roto” y otros cuentos de Emilia Pardo Bazán. . New York: Modern Language Association, 1996.

  • Tolliver, Joyce. “Torn Lace” and Other Stories by Emilia Pardo Bazán. . New York: Modern Language Association, 1996.

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Journal Articles

  • "Savage Madonnas: 'La mujer filipina' in the Nineteenth-Century Colonialist Imaginary." Letras Femeninas 41.2 (2016): 21-34.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "Framing Colonial Manliness, Domesticity, and Empire in 'Página suelta' and 'Oscuramente'." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.1 (2012): 3-24.
  • Tolliver, Joyce, and Sean McDaniel. "Superficialidad, seriedad, passing, y Los intereses creados." Hecho Teatral 12 (2012): 43-60.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "Over Her Bloodless Body: Gender, Race, and the Spanish Colonial Fetish in Pardo Bazán ." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 34.2 (2010): 285-301.
  • Tolliver, Joyce. "'Relics': Home, Modernity, and Dispossession in Solitud and Los pazos de Ulloa." Siglo XIX 16 (2010): 171-93.