Dr. Mariana C. Zinni. Associate Professor of
Spanish with a specialization in Colonial Latin America.
Dr. Zinni earned her
Ph.D. (2008) and M.A. (2004) from University of Pittsburgh. Her undergraduate
education included a Profesorado en Letras (1999) and a Licenciatura en Letras
(2001) from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina where she was a member
of the Centro de Teoría y Critica Literaria
(UNR). Her research and publications include Colonial Latin American Literature
and Culture, and Neo-Baroque Latin American prose in academic journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Estudios de Cultura Náhuatl, Estudios Hispánicos, IA Iberoamericana, Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, among others, and several
book chapters. She was the recipient of the 2013 Isaias Lerner Memorial Award by The CUNY Academy for the Humanities
Dr. Zinni is interested in problems of mimesis and narration in early
American chronicles and Historias de Indias. She is focusing her investigation
on the hermeneutical and epistemological core problems surrounding the
discovery and conquest of America. Her book, Mimesis,
hermeneusis y narración en fray Bernardino de Sahagún (Scripta
Humanistica, 2014) pays attention on the dialogues conducted in 1524 between
the first twelve Franciscan friars and the tlatoani,
a group of wise Nahuas. The study explores rhetorical devices forced by the
indigenous peoples upon the friars, and the ideas of a Christian modernity and
effectiveness of evangelization. Currently, Dr. Zinni is working on a research
project on late seventeenth-century Surandean Paintings from Northern Argentina
and Bolivia, and a series of “dry masses” or false masses celebrated in
mid-Colonial times in the Central Andes.
Prof. Zinni teaches a broad range of classes, from advance language to
graduate courses, especially Early Colonial Literature in Latin America (with
diversity of topics, i.e.: "Bodies, Sexualities and Love Relationships in
Colonial Latin America", "Criollo
Consciousness in Spanish America: Art and Literature in Colonial Times",
"Latin American Colony Through the Cinemascope: (Re)Visions of Colonial
Text by the Film Industry", etc.), and Colonial Literature and Emerging Criollo Voices in Spanish America with
an emphasis in early modern colonial textuality and visual culture.
She serves as Undergraduate and Major Advisor.