Maryanne L. Leone, Ph.D

Professor of Spanish

Department Chair, Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures

508-767-7126 Founders Hall - Room 220

Degrees Earned

Ph.D., University of Kansas, Spanish Literature, 2003
M.A., Middleburg College, Spanish, 1996
B.S., University of Connecticut, Finance, 1988

Recent and Current Undergraduate Courses

Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies:
Spanish II, III, IV
Introduction to Literature: Spanish Language
Food in the Hispanic World
Women Writers of Spain: Feminist Revisions
Contemporary Spanish Novel
Border Identities in Spain

Honors Program:
Junior Honors Seminar
Honors theses mentor

Rome Program:
Encounters with Rome
Environmental Cultures of Europe

Women’s Studies Program:
Women of the World

Publications & Editorships

Beyond Human: Decentring the Anthropocene in Spanish Ecocriticism, co-edited with Shanna Lino. Toronto Iberic Series, University of Toronto Press, 2023.

“Spanish Ecofeminism,” co-authored with Shanna Lino. A Companion to Spanish Environmental Cultural Studies, edited by Luis I Prádanos. Tamesis Books, 2023.

“Unorthodox Theories and Beings: Science, Technology, and Women in the Narratives of Rosa Montero.” A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture, edited by Debra Faszer-McMahon, Victoria L. Ketz, and Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Vanderbilt University Press, 2021, p. 235-62.

“Reframing Disability through an Ecocritical Perspective in Sara Mesa’s Cara de pan.” Re-imagining Female Disabilities in Luso-Hispanic Women’s Cultural Production, special issue of Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies, vol. 45, no. 1, 2019, pp. 161-84.

“Trans-species Collaborations in Response to Social, Economic, and Environmental Violence in Rosa Montero’s Lágrimas en la lluvia and El peso del corazón.” South Atlantic Ecocriticism, special issue of Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, vol. 8, no. 1, 2017, pp. 61-78.

“Ecuadorian Immigration and the Transformation of Religious and Civic Space in Madrid in La Churona: Historia de una Virgen Migrante by María Cristina Carrillo Espinosa” Toward a Multicultural Configuration of Spain: Local Cities, Global Spaces, edited by Ana Corbalán and Ellen Mayock, Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015, pp. 97-110.

“Trafficking and Consuming Sex in Global Spain: Facing Ethical Global Citizenship in Juan Bonilla’s Los príncipes nubios.” Tráfico y produccion cultural: Trazas de una globalización fragmentada, special issue of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 38, no. 1, 2013, pp. 145-65.

“Narrating Immigration, Gendered Spaces, and Transnational Feminism in Lucía Etxebarria’s Cosmofobia.” Letras Hispanas, vol. 9, no. 1, 2013, pp. 47-64.

“Colonizing Voices and Visions: Lourdes Ortiz’s ‘Fátima de los naufragios’ and ‘La piel de Marcelinda.’” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 30, no. 3, 2006, pp. 449-69.

“Going Global: Spain’s Entrance into the European Union and National Anxiety in Cristina Fernández Cubas’s El año de Gracia.” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, vol. 31, no. 1, 2006, pp. 199-224.

“Madrid y la inmigración en el cuento ‘La piel de Marcelinda’ de Lourdes Ortiz: ¿Un espacio de libertad o un colonialismo contemporáneo?” Madrid en la literatura y las artes, edited by Jorge H. Valdivieso and L. Teresa Valdivieso, Orbis Press, 2006, pp. 62-70.

Book Reviews

Review of Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in post-2008 Spain, by Luis I. Prádanos. Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea. vol. 46, no. 2, 2021, pp. 247-51.

Review of Feminine Agency and Transgression in Post-Franco Spain: Generational Becoming in the Narratives of Carme Riera, Cristina Fernández Cubas and Mercedes Abad, by Maria DiFrancesco. Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, vol. 35. no. 2, 2011, pp. 350-52.

Pedagogy-Related Publications

Contributor. Pedagogical Tool to Evaluate Student Participation. On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching, by James M. Lang. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2008. 313-15.

Contributor. Chapters 1-3 of the companion website for Voces de España: Antología literaria, by Francisca Paredes Méndez, Mark Harpring, and José Ballesteros. Heinle, 2004.

Selected Presentations (since 2015)

“Tracing Spanish Environmental Culture in the Anthropocene/Capitalocene/Chthulucene:  A Case Study via Ecofeminist Materialism and Entanglements of Care.” 9th Biennial European Association for Studies of Literature, Culture and the Environment (EASLCE) Conference, University of Granada, Spain. September 2022.

“Historicising the Ecocrisis: Beyond-Human Experiences in Spanish Natureculture.” Co-presented with Shanna Lino (Collège universitaire Glendon, York University). ‘Green Hispanisms’ Online Conference, Centre for the Comparative Study of Portugal, Spain, and the Americas, Swansea University, England. July 2021.

“Ecofeminist Materialism and Entanglements of Care in Sara Mesa’s Un incendio invisible (2017).” Northeast Modern Language Association 51st Annual Convention. Boston. March 2020.

“Crises in Environmental, (Sub)urban, and Social Spaces: An Ecocritical Reading of Sara Mesa’s Un incendio invisible (2017).” University of Kansas Centennial Symposium, Lawrence. October 2019.

“The Birds and The Bees: Growing Pains and Pedophilic Anxiety in Sara Mesa’s Cara de Pan” Panel: “Decentering the Anthropocene: Spanish Ecocritical Texts and the Non-Human.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 2019.

“Unorthodox Theories and Beings: Science, Technology, and Women in the Narratives of Rosa Montero.” Panel: “Women and STE(A)M in Spanish Culture.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington. April 2019.

“The State of Ecofeminist Criticism in Spain.” XXV Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). “History, Agency and Gendered Narratives.” Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. November 2017.

“Unorthodox Scientist Women and Scientific Theories in Recent Works of Rosa Montero.” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures. University of Kansas, Lawrence. November 2016.

“Women Embodying and Disembodying Consumption in Contemporary Spanish Narrative: An Ecocritical Perspective.” Panel: “The Female Body: The Consumed, The Contested, The Created.”  XXV Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). “Equality, Difference, Inclusion.” Marquette University, Milwaukee. October 2015.

“Visions of Migration, Climate Change, and Women’s Role in Europe’s Future in Contemporary Narratives from Spain.” Panel: “Migrations in 21st Century Iberian Cultures.” The Council for European Studies “Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures” Mini-Symposium. Paris. July 2015.

“The Future of Memory, Migration, and Global Society: Rosa Montero’s Lágrimas en la lluvia.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 2015.

Professional Service

Editorial Board, Hispanic Journal, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2018-present.

Fulbright National Screening Committee for U.S. Student English Language Teaching Assistantships in Spain. Fall 2019 & Fall 2022.

Grants and Awards (since 2015)

Assumption University Honors Program Summer Fellowship with student Tasneem Mohammed. “Course Design: Spanish Environmental Culture.” Summer 2022.

Course Reduction Research Grant. “Ecocriticism and Peninsular Spanish Narrative.” Assumption College, 2019–2021.

Sabbatical Leave. “Ecocriticism and Ecofeminism in Spanish Literature.”, Assumption College, 2018–2019.

Faculty Development Teaching Grant. “Food in the Hispanic World.” Assumption College, Summer 2017.

Course Innovation Academy. Redesign of Spanish IV. D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College, 2016–2017.

Faculty Development Research Grant. “Ecocriticism and Contemporary Spanish Narrative.” Assumption College, 2016–2017.

Course Reduction Research Grant. “From Global Consumption to an Ethics of Representation in Spain’s Immigration Texts.” Assumption University, 2013–15.

Professional and Academic Memberships

European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cine Españoles Siglo XXI (ALCESXXI)
Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualualidades
Northeast Modern Language Association
Sigma Delta Pi, Hispanic Studies Honors Society

Research Interests

Modern and Contemporary Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture
Ecocriticism and Spanish Environmental Cultural Studies
Migration Studies
Gender Studies, Feminist Theory and Practice