Irene Chico-Wyatt

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Director of Elementary Language Instruction
  • Hispanic Studies
1121 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Poetry, University of Kentucky, 2001


Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American contemporary poetry. Women’s poetry; Golden Age poetry and drama; Film studies. Topics of interest: Spanish American theater; contemporary women's fiction; Intertextuality and reception theory;

Irene Chico-Wyatt, born in Madrid, Spain, earned her B.A. in English from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Worked several years for the Vanderbilt-in-Spain Program in Madrid and served for one year as the Director of The Casa de España y las Américas at the University of The South, in Sewanee, Tennessee (1991-1992). In 1993 she came to the University of Kentucky, where she earned her Master of Arts and Ph. D. degrees. In August 2003 she moved to Charleston, South Carolina. There she taught at the College of Charleston where she worked as Assistant Professor of Spanish and served as Study Abroad Advisor.

Current work

Article on Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik, currently under review for publication. Recent undergraduate seminars include a class entirely dedicated to Don Quixote, which I truly enjoyed teaching.

Selected Publications: 
  • Book review of The Colonial City in Spanish-America: Urban Life in the Age of Atlantic Capitalism. Jay Kinsbruner. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. In The Sixteenth Century Journal (Forthcoming).
  • Book review of Homenaje a María Zambrano. James Valender ed. México: El Colegio de México, 1998. In Romance Quarterly 49.4 (Fall 2002): 312-313.
  • Introduction to Gregory Keith Cole’s Spanish Women Poets of the Generation of 1927. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.

Recommended works

One of my favorite books of all times is actually in English; it is Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene. In Spanish, there are so many that I do not even know where to start. I mainly read poetry, therefore, I would recommend all the poets of the Generation of 1927, but especially the women, Concha Méndez, Ana María Martínez Saggi, Pilar Valderrama and Ernestina Champourcin –among others. An insightful book on the life of all these women is Concha Méndez: Memorias habladas, memorias armadas, by Paloma Ulacia Altolaguirre.

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