College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A. Stuart Day

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-3851
Wescoe Hall
Room 2622
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Stuart A. Day, Professor (BS in Spanish and Education, Northern Arizona University’s Center for Excellence in Education; MA in Hispanic Literature, University of Arizona; PhD in Latin American Literature, Cornell University). Day’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance in Mexico. Before joining the faculty at KU he taught at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000-2005), where he was a Faculty Fellow and recipient of two teaching/mentoring awards. At KU he was awarded the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

His first book, Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism, was published by Bucknell University Press. Day has also published several anthologies and co-edited, with Jacqueline E. BixlerEl Teatro de Rascón Bandavoces en el umbral (Escenelogía). He has published book chapters with several presses (Arizona, Iowa, Escenología, Vanderbilt, etc.) as well as articles, play introductions, and interviews in a variety of journals. Day’s theoretical approach is informed mainly by Cultural Studies and Performance Studies; and his courses often have to do with social justice.

Day edited a special edition of the Mexican theater magazine Paso de Gato. Other recent research includes chapters/articles on Federico Gamboa (“Performing the Porfiriato: Federico Gamboa and the Performance of Power”); Sabina Berman (“Similia similibus curantur: La exhumación de lo real en Backyard de Sabina Berman”); Vicente Leñero (“Transposing Professions: Vicente Leñero and the Politics of the Press”); and a piece based on interviews with Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez (“It’s My National Stage Too: Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez as Public Intellectuals”). This topic—public intellectuals in Mexico—is the subject of a volume Day recently completed with Debra A. Castillo (Palgrave 2014). Though his research is often focused on Mexico, Day has also worked (or is working) with dissertators on a variety of projects that include theatre/performance but also Mexican narrative, print culture in the Southern Cone, Cyberpunk, Latina/o Literature, Migration/Transportation, etc.

Day is a member of the Latina/o Studies Advisory Board and core faculty in the Center for Latin American Studies. He is Chair of Spanish and Portuguese, Managing Editor of the Latin American Theatre Review, and served on the Advisory Board of the PMLA. He is also involved with LATR Books (Managing Editor), for which he recently edited an anthology of Mexican plays (Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano, 2009 and 2013).


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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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