World Languages & Cultures | Rizo, Elisa Guadalupe
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Image: Bocamandja Theatre Company on stage in Rebola, Equatorial Guinea (March, 2013)

Elisa Rizo received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002.  Her research concentrates on the literatures of Equatorial Guinea and Afro-Latin America.  Her current scholarship focuses on global and transnational identities in contemporary Afro-Hispanic theatre, poetry, and narrative.

Edited Books

  • Silebó Boturu, Recaredo. Crónicas de lágrimas anuladas (teatro y poesía).  Ed. & Intro. Elisa Rizo. Madrid: Verbum, 2014.
  • Ávila Laurel, Juan Tomás. Letras transversales: obras escogidas. Ed. & Intro. Elisa Rizo. Madrid: Verbum, 2012.
  • Bolekia, Justo, José Fernando Siale, Donato Ndongo et al. Caminos y veredas: narrativas  de Guinea Ecuatorial. Ed. & Intro. Elisa Rizo.  Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Press, 2011.


Special issue in academic journal, guest co-editor

  • Guinea Ecuatorial como pregunta abierta: hacia el diálogo entre nuestras otredades. Ed. & Intro Dolores Aponte and Elisa Rizo. Revista Iberoamericana 80.248-249 (Julio-Diciembre 2014).


Articles & Book Chapters

  • “Realism in Afro-Hispanic Contemporary Theater.” Black Writing and the State in Latin America, Jerome Branche (ed.) Universiy of Vandelbilt Press, 2015.  (forthcoming)
  • “Guinea Ecuatorial como pregunta abierta: hacia el diálogo entre nuestras otredades.” (Introduction, with Dolores Aponte) Guinea Ecuatorial como pregunta abierta: hacia el diálogo entre nuestras otredades. Revista Iberoamericana 80.248-249 (Julio-Diciembre 2014): 745-759.
  • “Crónicas de identidades en crisis: la poesía y el teatro de Recaredo Silebó Boturu” (Introduction) Crónicas de lágrimas anuladas. Madrid: Verbum, 2014. 13-35.
  • “You Are the Prisoner, the Discoverer, the Founder, the Liberator”: Decolonial Paths of Afro-Hispanic Literature in Latin America, Equatorial Guinea and Spain. Journal of Contemporary Thought (Fall 2013): 29-34.
  • “Equatorial Guinean Literature: The Struggle against State-Promoted Amnesia,” World Literature Today (September 2012): 32-36.
  • “Introduction.” Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Letras transversales: obras escogidas de Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel. Madrid: Verbum, 2012. 9-17.
  • “Introduction.” Caminos y veredas: narrativas de Guinea Ecuatorial. Mexico City: UNAM, 2011. 13-30.
  • “Bridging Literary Traditions in the Hispanic World: Equatorial Guinean Drama and the Dictatorial Cultural Political Order,” Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature, Ed. Antonio Tillis. London: Routledge, 2011. 142-161.
  • “Petro-Teatro de Guinea Ecuatorial: La mujer y su trabajo.” PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association 15 (Fall 2011): 66-80.
  • “Políticas culturales, la formación de la identidad hispano-africana y El hombre y la costumbre” Postcolonial Discourses and Renegotiations of Black Identities: Africas. Americas. Caribbeans. Europes. Ed. by Clement Akassi and Victorien Lavou. Perpignan, France: Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, 2010. 201-213.
  • “Teatro guineoecuatoriano contemporáneo: el mibili en El fracaso de las sombras.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 7.3 (2006): 289-310.
  • “En torno a la obra de Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel.” Hispanic Research Journal  6.2  (2005): 175-178. 

Interviews with Writers in Academic Journals

  • “El teatro de Guinea Ecuatorial: intrahistoria en tres actos (1990-2010).” Revista Iberoamericana 80.248-249 (Julio-Diciembre 2014): 921-934.
  • “Conversación con Trinidad Morgades-Besaris.” Revista Iberoamericana 80.248-249 (Julio-Diciembre 2014): 1141-1146.
  • “Conversación con Guillermina Mekuy.” Revista Iberoamericana 80.248-249 (Julio-Diciembre 2014): 1133-1140.
  • “Conversation with Juan Tomas Avila Laurel,” World Literature Today (September 2012): 41-44. (With David Shook).
  • “Diálogo entre guineoecuatorianos: una conversación con Donato Ndongo y Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 7.3 (2006): 259-270. 

Refereed Proceedings at Major Conferences

  • “Escritura dramática como laboratorio de epistemologías. De Guinea Ecuatorial a las literaturas Hispanoafricanas. Madrid: Verbum, 2010. 171-180.


Book Reviews

  • “The Magellan Fallacy: Globalization and the Emergence of Asian and African Literature in Spanish.” By Adam Lifshey. Cambridge Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. 2015. (Forthcoming)
  • África en el carnaval mexicano by Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas. Afro-Hispanic Review. 30.2 (2012): 217-221.
  • “El metro” by Donato Ndongo Bidyogo.  PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association, 12, Fall (2008): 84-89.
  • African Mexicans and the Discourse of the Modern Nation by Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas,” PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association, 9 (2005): 98-99.
  • Spanish 445 (Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture)

  • Spanish 440 (Contemporary Afro-Hispanic Theatre: Latin America, Spain and Africa)

  • Spanish 370 (Cultures of Agriculture in the Hispanic World: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe)

  • Spanish 333 (Contemporary Latin American Literature)

  • Spanish 324 (Latin America Today online format)

  • Spanish 324 (Latin America Today face2face format)

  • Spanish 323 (Spain Today)

  • Spanish 314 (Introduction to Reading Hispanic Texts)

  • Spanish 304 (Spanish for Business and the Professions)

  • Spanish 322 (Latin American Civilization online format, to be offered in summer 2015)

  • Spanish 303b (Conversation and Grammar for the Professions)

  • Spanish 301 (Spanish Grammar and Composition)

  • 2015  •  FPDA

  • 2012, 2014 •  ELO Grant for new online course development

  • 2012, 2013 •  ISU Publication Subvention Grant

  • 2011 •  CEAH Seed Grant for Collaborative Work – Madeleine Henry and Elisa Rizo, Co P.Is., On the Other Side of Atlantis: Classica Africana: Africa & Latin America, Hispanic & Lusophone

  • 2011, 2008  •  ISU, Foreign Travel Grant

  • 2010 •  CEAH Research Grant (Course release)

  • 2009, 2008, 2013, 2014 •  ISU, LAS Small Grants

  • 2008 •  ISU, Council for International Programs Grant

Elisa teaches a variety of Spanish courses dealing with culture, literature and language. In all of them, she invites her students to research, to consider different perspectives, and to produce their own critical view about how local knowledge and globalized cultural, economic and political dynamics, meet, move and transform everyday actions, events, and institutions.


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