Sarah Moody

Sarah  Moody

Associate Professor of Spanish | on sabbatical, fall 2017 & spring 2018

Office Hours

by appointment only, fall 2017 and spring 2018


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009

MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2001


The UA Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies program

Research Interests

Professor Moody’s research examines modernismo and women’s writing in Latin American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially focusing on the relationship between aesthetic systems and identity formulations like gender or nationalism. She has published on Delmira Agustini’s radically feminist poetics, on the journalism of women from Argentina and Brazil around the turn of the 20th century, and on newspaper chronicles and poetry in dialogue with urban reform in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Her most recent articles focus on Eduarda Mansilla’s daring interpretation of a foundational myth of Argentine national identity in the mid-19th century, as well as on the complex gender philosophies in Manuel Ugarte’s early literary work on Paris. She is also interested in Brazil’s relationship to the rest of Latin America, and in literary and journalistic responses to city modernization and to European modernity.

Professor Moody’s current book project, Las Raras: Gendered Aesthetics, Women’s Writing and Intellectual Networks in Spanish-American Modernismo, examines ideas of femininity that were both fundamental to modernism’s formation and exclusionary towards women’s active participation in the movement as writers and authors. Her study helps to explain why modernismo admitted no women writers unconditionally. The project explores the formation of the modernista rhetoric of femininity, and goes on to consider women writers’ strategies to find literary success in spite of the movement’s exclusionary rhetorical systems, such as by attacking them directly or by circulating their work outside the movement’s systems of prestige and authority.

Professor Moody’s teaching ranges from the colonial period to the 20th century, with an emphasis on Latin American literature of the 19th century. At UA she has taught SP 353 (Spanish Conversation), SP 356 (Advanced Grammar & Composition), and SP 375 & SP 376 (Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature I & II). She has also taught SP 489 (Senior Seminar) and SP 516/590 (Graduate Seminar) under the following themes:

  • El Modernismo
  • Exile in 19th-Century Latin American Literature
  • Cuba libre: Servitude and Liberation in 19th-Century Cuban Literature
  • Género y movilidad: Gender/Genre in the 19th Century
  • Self, Family, Nation: Structures of Belonging in 19th-Century Narrative
  • La novela romántica

Through the Critical Languages Center, Professor Moody supports the Portuguese program as an outside examiner, and she handles the Portuguese proficiency exam for MLC. She also is the faculty advisor for the Spanish graduate student organization, La Última Letra.

Her professional memberships include the Latin American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association.

Selected Publications

“Brazilian Symbolism and Hispanic-American Modernismo: Resonance Across the Luso-Hispanic Divide.” Beyond Tordesillas: Critical Essays in Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies, edited by Richard Gordon and Robert Newcomb. The Ohio University Press. Forthcoming (October 2017).

Women of Paris, World Literature, and a Counter-Mythology of the Metropolis in Manuel Ugarte’s Early Literary Work.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 93.9 (October 2016). 995-1008. 

“Eduarda Mansilla’s Mestizo Argentina: Orphanhood and Transnationalism, and Race in Lucía Miranda (1860).” Decimonónica: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Cultural Production 12.2 (summer 2015). 14-29.

“Exiled in Modernity: City Change, Nostalgia and Mário Pederneiras in Kosmos.” ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association (now the Journal of Lusophone Studies) 12 (July 2014). 259-79.

“Poetic Form and City Form in the Fin de siglo: Ornamentation and Regularity in Rubén Darío and Buenos Aires.” Latin American Literary Review 42.83 (June 2014). 75-96. Available online through JSTOR.

“Radical Metrics and Feminist Rebellions: Agustini Rewrites Darío’s Prosas profanas.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana 43.1 (May 2014). 57-67. Available online through JSTOR and other sources.

“Latin American Women Writers and the Periodical Press, 1890-1910.” Letras femeninas 36.2 (Winter 2010). 141-158. Available online through JSTOR and other sources.