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Beatriz Carolina Peña
Assistant Professor
Office: Queens Hall 205C



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 is the author of Fray Diego de Ocaña: olvido, mentira y memoria (Alicante: Universidad de Alicante, 2016), and Fonolitos. Las piedras campanas de Eten: rituales, milagros y codicia (Valladolid: Glyphos, 2014), winner of the IV Edition of the Premio Juan Antonio Cebrián de Divulgación Histórica (Madrid and Crevillente, Spain, 2014). She is also the editor of Memoria viva de una tierra de olvido: Relación del viaje al Nuevo Mundo de 1599 a 1607, a critical annotated edition of the travel narrative by friar Diego de Ocaña (Barcelona: CECAL/Paso de Barca, 2013). Her 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 Premio de Historia Colonial de América "Silvio Zavala", edición 2013 by the Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia, and the 2012 Premio Alfredo A. Roggiano de Crítica Literaria y Cultural Latinoamericana by the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. Before publication, 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 has also published scholarly articles in topics ranging from Colonial and Golden Age narrative, history, poetry, and drama.

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). 

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