Emily Joy Clark

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

 Emily Clarke
Emily Joy Clark


Dr. Clark is on sabbatical for Fall Semester 2022, email her for questions.


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 in Latin American Literature of the late colonial period and the nineteenth century, Emily is a generalist with a broad background covering topics throughout Latin America and Spain prior to the twentieth century in both her publications and teaching. Her research interests include transatlantic women’s writing of the Golden Ages, the Colonial Period, and the nineteenth century, the Latin American essay, Romanticism, and economic questions in literature. Prior to her Ph.D., Emily earned her M.A. in Hispanic Literature at UNC Chapel Hill (2011), her M.A.T. in Curriculum and Instruction 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 language and literature 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 enjoys working to bridge the classroom and the community by engaging in volunteer work and by incorporating service learning components in some of the courses that she teaches. She currently serves as one of two SSU representatives to the CSU World Languages Council, acting as Secretary-Treasurer of that organization

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


Articles and Book Chapters:

Clark, Emily Joy. “Creative Flights of Fancy and Imagination in Virginia Elena Ortea’s Modernist Tome, Risas y lágrimas (1901).” Revista Hispánica Moderna 73.2 (2020): 160-75.
---. “Discovery Learning and Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno. Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro. New York: The Modern Languages Association of America, 2020. 213-18.
---. “RocamborMalilla, and Matrimony: Gambling in Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera’s Naturalist Novels” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 43.3 (2019): 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 95.2 (2018): 199–216.
---. “Women’s Education and the Gothic in Latin America: Luisa Pérez de Zambrana’s La hija del verdugo (1865).” Decimonónica 31.1 (2016): 1-17.
---. “Risky Business, Gender Roles, and Reform in Regina (1886) by Teresa González de Fanning.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49.3 (2015): 433-56.
---. “The Caged Bird and the Female Writer: A Recurring Metaphor in Women’s Hispanic Prose from the Mid-Nineteenth Century.” Letras Femeninas 40.2 (Winter 2014): 199-214.

Book Reviews:

Clark, Emily Joy. Review of Latin America at Fin-de-Siècle Universal Exhibitions. By Alejandra Uslenghi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 244 pp. Hispanic Journal, 39. 2 (Fall 2018): 220-22.
---. Review of Erotic Mysticism: Subversion and Transcendence in Latin American Modernista Prose. By Nancy LaGreca. Chapel Hill, NC: Department of Romance Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016. 179 pp. Cincinnati Romance Review, 43 (2017): 231-33.
---. Review of La claridad en el abismo: la construcción del sujeto romántico en la poesía de Luisa Pérez de Zambrana, by Félix Ernesto Chávez López. Ed. Yoandy Cabrera y Milena Rodríguez. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2014, 292 pp. MIFLC Review, 16 (2016): 109-12. 
---. Review of The Adulteress on the Spanish Stage: Gender and Modernity in 19th Century Romantic Drama, by Tracie Amend. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015. 220 pp. Letras Hispanas, 11 (2015): 347-48.
---. Review of Cuentos fantásticos del Romanticismo hispanoamericano. José María Martínez, ed., Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra, 2011. 347 pp. Hispanófila, 169 (September 2013): 223-25.