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Megan DeVirgilis
Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD 21251-0001)
The Female Vampire in Hispanic Short Fiction at the Turn of the 20th Century: A Critical Anthology

Writing and translation activities culminating in a critical anthology of Latin American short stories exhibiting Gothic aesthetics.

My project will be a critical anthology on the female vampire in 19th- and early 20th-century Hispanic short fiction. Through transatlantic, historical, and feminist interpretive frameworks, my critical introduction will contextualize Latin American and Spanish Gothic-inspired, female-vampire stories in relation to the greater European Gothic tradition. In particular, it will synthesize and expound upon existing scholarship on the lesser or unknown works of established authors, such as Leopoldo Lugones and Carmen de Burgos. It will thus be a revision of my dissertation, “Blood Disorders: A Transatlantic Study of the Vampire as an Expression of Ideological, Political, and Economic Tensions in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Hispanic Short Fiction,” which focused on both male and female vampires. The majority of the project will be dedicated to translating their stories to English, a task that would introduce these texts into the Eurocentric field of Gothic Studies for the first time.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Latin American Literature; Spanish Literature

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2021 – 7/31/2022