Emily Joy Clark

Associate Professor of Spanish, Advisor - Spanish (A-G)

 Emily Clarke
Emily Joy Clark


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Dr. Emily Joy Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University. Emily completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. Her dissertation, titled “Gambling in the Nineteenth-Century Latin American Social Imaginary,” focused on economic questions in literature of the independence era in Latin America. While she specializes primarily in Latin American Literature of the late colonial period, independence, and the nineteenth century more broadly, Emily is intrigued by many topics throughout Latin America and Spain prior to the twentieth century. Her research interests include women's writing, Latin American fiction and essays, Romanticism, Gothic literature, and literary representations of economic topics. Prior to her Ph.D., Emily earned her M.A. in Hispanic Literature at UNC Chapel Hill (2011), her M.A. in Teaching at the University of Memphis (2008), and her B.A. in Spanish and Psychology at Rhodes College (2006). Before coming to Sonoma State, Emily taught a variety of Spanish courses, first at the high school level for two years in Memphis City Schools and later at the college level for six years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a variety of conference presentations and publications in top-tier journals in her field, including Letras FemeninasDecimonónica, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

What I Do At SSU

Emily primarily teaches language, composition, and literature courses at SSU in the Spanish Program. She enjoys working to connect the classroom to the community and to prepare students for jobs in the future by incorporating activities to practice writing, presentations, or service learning in some of her courses. She currently serves as acting Secretary-Treasurer of the CSU World Languages Council.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 300: Advanced Spanish Language
SPAN 301: Advanced Composition and Conversation
SPAN 305: Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Research
SPAN 307: Cultures of Latin America
SPAN 401: Peninsular Literature
SPAN 402: Latin American Literature
SPAN 491: Seminar in Literature
SPAN 505: Hispanic Literature II

Selected Publications

Clark, Emily Joy. “What the Forest Hides: Gothic Dreamscapes and Landscapes of Soledad Acosta de Samper’s Teresa la limeña (1868) and ‘Un crimen’ (1869)” ChasquiRevista de Literatura y Cultura Latinoamericana e Indígena, vol. 52, no.1, Mayo 2023, pp. 29-49.
---. “Arranged Marriages and Imprisonment: The Domestic Gothic Horrors of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s La baronesa de Joux (1844) and Dolores (1851).” Hispania, vol. 105, no. 4, December 2022, pp. 495-507.
---. “Creative Flights of Fancy and Imagination in Virginia Elena Ortea’s Modernist Tome, Risas y lágrimas (1901).” Revista Hispánica Moderna, vol. 73, no. 2, 2020, pp. 160-75.
---. “Discovery Learning and Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno, edited by Luis Alvarez-Castro. The Modern Languages Association of America, 2020, pp. 213-18.
---. “Rocambor, Malilla, and Matrimony: Gambling in Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera’s Naturalist Novels” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 43, no. 3, 2019, pp. 507-30.
---. “The Cloister, Mystic Privations, and the Conflictive Negotiation of Subjectivity in Lastenia Larriva de Llona’s Un drama singular (1888).” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 95, no. 2, 2018, pp. 199–216.
---. “Women’s Education and the Gothic in Latin America: Luisa Pérez de Zambrana’s La hija del verdugo (1865).” Decimonónica, vol. 31, no. 1, 2016, pp. 1-17.
---. “Risky Business, Gender Roles, and Reform in Regina (1886) by Teresa González de Fanning.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 49, no. 3, 2015, pp. 433-56.
---. “The Caged Bird and the Female Writer: A Recurring Metaphor in Women’s Hispanic Prose from the Mid-Nineteenth Century.” Letras Femeninas, vol. 40, no. 2, Winter 2014, pp. 199-214.