Directory



Sarah Finley

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures


Sarah Finley

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 129
(757) 594-7969
sarah.finley@cnu.edu

Education

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

Research

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

Biography

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.

  • Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching Writing, Christopher Newport University. (2019)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    “Sounding Feminine Intellect in the villancicos to St. Catherine of Alexandria (1691).”. Calíope: Journal for the Society of Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. Volume, 25. Issue, 1.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    “Sor Juana and the Countess of Villaumbrosa". Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2019). Hearing Voices: Aurality and New Spanish Sound Culture in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. University of Nebraska P, New Hispanisms Series. Pages, 252.
  • 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, The Academic Minute, "Hearing Voices of Women Past," (2019)
  • Sarah Finley, Modern Language Association International Symposium, "Intersections of Theater, Poetry and Music in an 18th-Century Setting of Sor Juana’s Loa 380," Lisbon, Portugal. (2019)
  • Sarah Finley, "A Phoenix Reborn: A Concert of Previously Unedited Music for Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Loa 380," Christopher Newport University. (2019)
  • Sarah Finley, Sarah Gallo, Valentina Sorbera, Transatlantic Perspectives, "Singing with the Sisters: Sacred Vocal Music of New Spanish Women," Charleston, SC. (2018)
  • Sarah Finley, 3er Congreso Internacional Los Conventos de Monjas, arquitectura y vida cotidiana del virreinato a la post modernidad, "El ámbito sonoro del convento de Jesús María," Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Querétaro, Mexico.. (2018)
  • Sarah Finley, Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, "“Sounding Feminine Intellect in the villancicos to St. Catherine of Alexandria (1691).”," New York, NY. (2018)
  • Sarah Finley, Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, "Death, Seen and Heard: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Inheritance of Musical Iconography in vanitas Still Lifes.”," Philadelphia, PA. (2017)
  • Sarah Finley, Forging Links Across Space and Time, "La oreja de mi entendimiento’: Alucinaciones auditivas en la Arboleda de los enfermos de Teresa de Cartagena.”," San Juan, Puerto Rico. (2016)
  • 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)
  • Sarah Finley, SAMLA 87-In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, "“Auditory Paradigms and Hearing in Sor Juana’s Canon: Primero sueño”," Durham, NC. (2015)
  • Sarah Finley,, Cloistered Women’s Voices: Symposium on Sound, Song and Silence in Early Modern Convents, ""Contrapuntal Voices: Silence in New Spanish Convents"," Lexington, KY. (2015)
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