Jill S. Kuhnheim received her B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and her Ph.D. in Spanish American Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
Before joining the faculty at KU she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990-2000), and has been a Visiting Professor at University of Kentucky and Miami University of Ohio. Her principal areas of research and teaching are contemporary poetry, cultural studies, and gender studies in Spanish America.
Her book, Gender, Politics, and Poetry in Twentieth Century Argentina, was published by the University of Florida Press (1996) and her articles have appeared in journals such as Revista Iberoamericana, Hispámerica, Modern Fiction Studies, Nuevo Texto Crítico, Siglo XX/20th Century,Literatura Mexicana, Romance Quarterly, and Latin American Theater Review. A collection of essays co edited with Danny Anderson, Cultural Studies in the Curriculum: Teaching Latin America was published at MLA Press in 2003. Her most recent book, Spanish American Poetry at the End of the 20th Century: Textual Disruptions (UT Press, 2004) examines the variety of cultural roles played by poetry in late twentieth century Spanish America; it was awarded the Byron Caldwell Award for best book in the Humanities from the Hall Center in 2005.
Professor Kuhnheim is currently working on a project that studies poetry and performance in Spanish America from the earlier twentieth century until the present day (an article related to this project will appear in Revista hispánica moderna, fall, 2008). Dissertators working with Kuhnheim have recently or are currently working on topics such as: contemporary Peruvian poetry, hipertextuality in multiple genres in Latin America, modernity and female poets in Central America, postmodern orphans in Mexican narrative and film, and representations of immigration in Central American and Mexican narrative and music.
Last updated on November 16, 2011.