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Carmen E. Lamas

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of English
Office location and address
138 Bryan Hall
201 Cabell Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Georgetown University
BS/BA Florida State University
AMST 2321: Latinx Fiction and Film
Credits: 3
This course explores the diverse and also converging experiences of Latinos in the US. We will read contemporary novels and poetry by Latinx authors from different Latinx groups (Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American and South American). We will discuss reasons for migration, concepts of the "border" and the impact of bilingualism on group identity. We will view films that depict the Latinx experience in the US.
ENLT 2555: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Usually an introduction to non-traditional or specialized topics in literary studies, (e.g., native American literature, gay and lesbian studies, techno-literacy, Arthurian romance, Grub Street in eighteenth-century England, and American exceptionalism). For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
AMST 3321: Race and Ethnicity in Latinx Literature
Credits: 3
This course examines the construction of race and ethnicity in Latinx literature by examining key texts by individuals from varying Latinx groups in the US. We will examine how US-American identity shapes Latinx notions of race and how the authors' connections with Latin America and the Caribbean do the same. We will explore from a hemispheric perspective how race and ethnicity are depicted in Latinx literature and culture.
AMST 3323: Hemispheric Latinx Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
This course offers a survey of Latinx literature and film from a hemispheric perspective. Engaging texts from colonial times to the present day, we explore how the histories of the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia come together to produce novels, poems, essays and films that are now referred to as distinctly Latinx.
ENAM 3500: Studies in American Literature
Credits: 3
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENMC 3559: New Course in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Modern and Contemporary Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
AMST 3559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in the subject of American Studies
ENAM 3559: New Course in American Literature
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of American Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
RELG 3559: New Course in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Religious Studies.
ENGL 3570: Studies in American Literature
Credits: 3
Studies the work of one or two major authors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
AMST 4321: Caribbean Latinx: Cuba, Puerto Rico and the DR
Credits: 3
In this course we will read texts by Latinx writers from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. We will explore how their works speak to issues of race, colonialism and imperialism based on their individual and shared histories. We will discuss their different political histories and migration experiences and how these in turn impact their literary and artistic productions in the US.
ENAM 4559: New Course in American Literature To 1900
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of American Literature To 1900. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
AMST 4998: Distinguished Majors Program Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Students spend the fall semester of their 4th years working closely with a faculty advisor to conduct research and begin writing their Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) thesis.
AMST 4999: Distinguished Majors Thesis Seminar
Credits: 3
This workshop is for American Studies majors who have been admitted to the DMP program. Students will discuss the progress of their own and each other's papers, with particular attention to the research and writing processes. At the instructor's discretion, students will also read key works in the field of American Studies. Prerequisites: admission to DMP.
ENGL 8570: Studies in American Literature
Credits: 3
Topics vary from year to year. For more details please visit the department website at https://english.as.virginia.edu/courses.
  • Luce Project Course Development Award for Latino Religions (Awarded Spring 2017)
  • Mellon Fellow (2016-2018)
  • Research Fellow, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures: Global South Lab (University of Virginia, 2016-2018)
  • Executive Committee Member of the Latino Literature Forum, Modern Language Association (Elected Position) (2017-2022)   
  • Site Committee Member for DC 2018 Biennial Conference, Latina/o Studies Association (2016-2018)
  • Delegate, Latino Literature Forum, Modern Language Association (2016-2019)
  • Advisory Board Member, Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (2015-Present)
  • Latina/o Studies Association Initiative, Organizing and Coordinating Committee Member (2012-2015)
  • Secretary, Latino Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association (2012-2014)
  • Chair, Dissertation Award Committee, Latino Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association (2012-2013)