Beatriz Carolina Peña
Director of Basic and Intermediate Spanish Courses and
Director of the Queens Consortium on Languages Other Than English
Office: Kiely Hall 610
Beatriz Carolina Peña’s areas of interest are Colonial Latin American literature, iconography, and history, Spanish Golden Age, and nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ Spanish American literature.
Peña’s book, Imágenes contra el olvido: el Perú colonial en las ilustraciones de fray Diego de Ocaña (Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2011) was awarded the 2012 Premio Alfredo A. Roggiano de Crítica Literaria y Cultural Latinoamericana by the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. This work also received an Honorable Mention in the 49th edition of the Premio Literario Casa de las Américas 2008, in the category of Ensayo de tema histórico-social (La Habana, Cuba); it was a finalist in the VI Premio ALGABA de Biografía, Autobiografía, Memorias e Investigaciones Históricas (Madrid, Spain, 2008), and in the I Bienal de Ensayo of Premio Cope Internacional 2008 (Lima, Peru, 2008).
Peña graduated as a Profesora de Literatura y Lengua Castellana at Instituto Universitario Pedagógico of her native Caracas. She received her M.A. from The City College of New York (CUNY) and her Ph.D. from The Graduate School and University Center (CUNY). She has published scholarly articles in topics ranging from Colonial and Golden Age narrative, history, poetry, and drama, to twentieth century Spanish American short story. She is currently working on the critical edition of the travel account (1599-1607) of the Castilian Hieronymite friar Diego de Ocaña.