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(a.k.a., Emilio del Valle Escalante)

Associate Professor of Spanish

Director of Graduate Studies | Dey 322

At UNC since 2007


Ph.D 2004, University of Pittsburgh
M.A. 2000, University of Pittsburgh
B.A. 1998, Northeastern Illinois University

Other Appointments

American Indian and Indigenous Studies


Emilio del Valle Escalante (K’iche’ maya) is originally from Guatemala. His teaching and research interest focus on contemporary Latin American literatures and cultural studies with particular emphasis on indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American literatures and cultures, and post-colonial and subaltern studies theory in the Latin American context. He has been concerned with contemporary indigenous textual production and how indigenous intellectuals challenge hegemonic traditional constructions of the indigenous world, history, the nation-state and modernity in order to not only redefine the discursive and political nature of these hegemonic narratives, but also interethnic or intercultural relations. His broader cultural and theoretical interests cluster around areas involving themes of colonialism as these relate to issues of nationhood, national identity, race/ethnicity and gender.


  • Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity and Identity Politics (School for Advanced Research Press, 2009; Spanish version by FLACSO, 2008)
  • “Theorizing Indigenous Literatures” (Editor, A special issue of A contracorriente 2013)
  • U’k’ux kaj, u’k’ux ulew: Antologia de poesia Maya guatemalteca contemporanea (IILI, 2010)
  • “Untying Tongues: Minority Literatures in Spain and Latin America” (with Alfredo Sosa Velasco, a special issue of Romance Notes 2010)
  • “Indigenous Literatures and Social Movements in Latin America” (a special issue of Latin American Indian Literatures Journal [Spring 2008]).

Del Valle Escalante’s articles may be found in such venues as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Mesoamerica, Studies in American Indian Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies, Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia, and Revista de Estudios Interétnicos.

Typical Courses

Graduate Courses:

  • SPAN 835: Contemporary Central American Narrative
  • SPAN 737: Indigenous and Black Decolonial Thinking
  • SPAN 625: Indigenous Literatures of the Americas
  • SPAN 614: Spanish-American Literature: 1880-Present

Undergraduate courses:

  • SPAN 398: Introduction to Indigenous Literatures
  • SPAN 386: Central American Literatures and Cultures
  • SPAN 385: Contemporary Latin American Narrative: Magic realism, boom and post-boom
  • SPAN 373: Introduction to Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 348: Mesoamerica Through Its Literature
  • SPAN 344: Contemporary Latin America: Mexico, Central America and the Andes

Professor Escalante‘s current and previous advisees

Professor Keme is currently accepting new advisees.

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  1. De América Latina a Abya Yala. Una reseña de Latinoamericanismo después del 9/11 | boundary 2

    […] Emilio del Valle Escalante (Maya k’iche’, iximulew) es profesor asociado de español en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte en Chapel Hill. Es autor de Nacionalismos mayas y desafíos postcoloniales en Guatemala (FLACSO-Guatemala 2008). […]