Ellen Ryan Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her B.A. in Spanish with honors from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011 and her M.A. in Hispanic Literatures from Indiana University in 2014. Her minor concentration is Portuguese and Lusophone-Hispanophone connections are of great interest, particularly those in postcolonial settings. Her research focuses on the intersections of memory, trauma, gender and sexual violence against women, as well as new forms of storytelling in works by postcolonial feminist writers from Puerto Rico, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Spain and Portugal. Her dissertation is tentatively titled "Let Me Tell You Where It Hurts: New Tales of Trauma, Memory, and Historical Fiction in Postcolonial Caribbean, Iberian and Afro-Lusophone Womens Writing. She is specifically interested in how women writers from both the Hispanophone and Lusophone traditions represent the fall of empire in the late twentieth century. In addition to her research and dissertation project, Ellen is interested in literary translation and interpreting.
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Literatures