Joyce L Tolliver

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Research Interests

Spain, 19-20th centuries, gender, narrative, translation, Philippines

Professional Information

Most of my research focuses on gender, sexuality, and discourse in Spain since the mid- 19th century, with a focus on narrative and on the turn of the century (19th to 20th), as well as on translation studies. 

Currently, I am researching and analyzing the roles played by gender and race in the cultural discourses on the Spanish Empire at the fin de siglo, with a special emphasis on the Philippines. My book in progress on this subject is tentatively titled Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire. 


PhD, University of Southern California; MA and BA, University of Iowa

Honors & Awards

Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, 2000
Center for Advanced Study Associate, fall 2012


UIUC Center for Advanced Study Associate Research Grant, "Family Troubles: Spain and the Philippines in the Late Modern Empire," for fall 2012


RECENT SEMINARS AND COURSE TOPICS: "Empathy and Narrative," "Feelling/Real: 18th-19th Century in Spain"; Slow Reading "Fortunata y Jacinta"; Spain's Modern Empire; Spain and the Philippines;
FOR ALL SLCL GRADUATE STUDENTS: Professional/Academic Writing
MIXED GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish-English Translation Studies; 18-19th C. Spanish Studies; Spanish Studies 1898-1960
UNDERGRADUATE: Spanish Literature II, Readings in Hispanic Texts
FOR CAMPUS HONORS STUDENTS: Translating "Hispanic" Cultures

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Colonies Arts & Humanities
Philippines Arts & Humanities
Manliness Arts & Humanities
Domesticity Arts & Humanities
Emilia Pardo Bazán Arts & Humanities
Fetish Arts & Humanities
Spain Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2010 2016

“El color nacional”: Race, nation, and the philippine ilustrados

Tolliver, J., Jan 1 2016, Empire's End: Transnational Connections in the Hispanic World. Vanderbilt University Press, p. 107-128 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Framing colonial manliness, domesticity, and empire in "Página suelta" and "Oscuramente"

Tolliver, J. L., Mar 1 2012, In : Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. 46, 1, p. 3-24 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Over her bloodless body: Gender, race, and the Spanish colonial fetish in Pardo Bazán

Tolliver, J. L., 2010, In : Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos. 34, 2, p. 285-301 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Emilia Pardo Bazán