Margarita Vargas


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Margarita Vargas


Margarita Vargas



Women’s theater; Mexican literature; Spanish-American theater and contemporary Mexican film; feminism and postmodernism

In my research, I deal with questions of justice, ethics and identity in the plays of Mexican writer Bárbara Colio.


  • PhD, Spanish Literature, The University of Kansas, 1985
  • MA, Spanish Literature, The University of Kansas, 1982
  • BA,  Spanish Literature / Secondary Education, Yale University, Cum laude, 1979  


  • "Latin American Women Dramatists, Theater, Texts, and Theories" – with Catherine Larson, Indiana University Press
  • "The House on the Beach" – with Juan Bruce-Novoa

Selected Publications

  • “Sexual and Political Disillusionment in Y tu mama tambien” – Coming of Age on Film: Stories of Transformation in World Cinema
  • “El espacio escenico en ek mundo homosocial en… Ya otra cosa mariposa de Susana Torres Molina”  – Espacios de represetacion, Ed. Lola Pronano, Cadiz, Spain


  • Associate Professor of Spanish in the UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Gender Institute, CURCA mentor
  • Current President of the Women and Gender Caucus for NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
  • Co-editor of "Latin American Women Dramatists: Theater, Texts, and Theories" – Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1999 
  • Co-translator of "Women Writing Women: An Anthology of Spanish American Theater of the 1980s" – Albany: SUNY Press, 1997
  • Currently working on questions of gendered space and violence in the plays of Mexican author Bárbara Colio

In Mexico City I correspond with colleagues at the following institutions:

  • CITRU - Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Teatral Rodolfo Usigli - (The Rodolfo Usigli Center of National Research, Documentation, and Information)
  • CISAN - Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (Research Center on North America) at the National University 

I have also presented papers at the annual theater conference organized by the Department of Theatre at the Universidad Iberoamericana

In the United States, I have been a member of Feministas Unidas, which is affiliated with the Modern Language Association and have served as president of the organization. To celebrate the its 25th anniversary, in 2006 I co-edited with a colleague from the University of Rochester an issue of the organization's journal called "Letras Femeninas." We entitled our special issue: Twenty Five Years of Feminist Scholarship by Feministas Unidas: Positions on Gender, Writing, Ethnicity, Identity, and Mother/Sisterhood.

Currently, I am involved with NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) and serving as Direction of the Spanish and Portuguese Area. I am also the current president of the Women and Gender Studies Caucus and previously served as secretary and vice-president. As vice-president I organized the mentorship program and served on various group committees. As president I will be in charge of the Caucus's annual meeting in April 2018 and I will coordinate the essay contest along with various other tasks.

I have been a member of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (The International Association of Feminine and Histpanic Literature and Culture) since 2000. They hold their annual meetings in a different country each year. This year it is being held in the Dominican Republic. I have given presentations in Sevilla, Spain and in Toronto.

I am also a member of a consortium of universities called LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies). Professors from Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Colgate, Cornell, Oswego and Rochester gather every semester to listen and comment on papers either from invited guests or works in progress. 

Interesting Fact

Perhaps the most unexpected thing about my area of research that North American scholars would not know is that in Mexico we can find feminist writings in the 1600s in the works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.