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Sarah Finley

Sarah Finley

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 127
(757) 594-7969


  • Ph D in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky
  • MA in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky
  • BM in Vocal Performance, Converse College


Colonial Spanish American Literary and Cultural Studies
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sound Studies
Early Modern Religious Women


Dr. Sarah Finley is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Christopher Newport University, where she specializes in Colonial Spanish American Literature and Culture and Sound Studies. Finley’s research focuses on music-making and auditory culture in early Mexican convents. She is currently at work on Hearing Voices: Aurality and New Spanish Sound Culture in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The book attends to sound’s significance in poet and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s intellectual inheritance by relating acoustical tropes in the author’s writing to seventeenth-century ideas about music, sound transmission, hearing and more. One aspect of the project, an article about how Jesuit Athanasius Kircher’s acoustical theories influenced Sor Juana’s re-imaginings of the Echo and Narcissus myth, appears in the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

Finley has lectured at an interdisciplinary seminar on convent culture that Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History sponsors, and she was co-organizer of Cloistered Women’s Voices: Symposium on Sound, Song and Lyric in Early Modern Convents. She has also presented at national and international conferences, among others: Attending to Early Modern Women (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); “Tracing Paths,” the biennial conference of the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica (pre-1800), (Universidade de Lisboa); and the Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics (Institute of Musical Research, University of London). Finley is secretary of the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y Latinoamérica (pre-1800) and a member of the Modern Language Association and the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018 ). "Exemplary sound and hearing in sensory treatises from the early modern Spanish-speaking world". The Senses and Society. Volume, 13. Issue, 2. Pages, 203-18.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016 ). “Embodied Sound and Female Voice in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Canon: Romance 8 and El divino Narciso”. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Volume, 50. Issue, 1. Pages, 191-216.
  • Sarah Finley, Seminario: Los conventos de monjas, arquitectura y vida cotidiana del virreinato a la postmodernidad., "“Vislumbres sonoros: Nuevas aproximaciones a la representación del sonido en la obra de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”," Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. (2016)

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