B.A., Harvard University; M.A., New York University
Green Hall 430B
Eileen M. O'ConnorLecturer in Spanish
My specialties are twentieth-century Latin American literature and the theory and practice of literary translation. I also write poetry and fiction.
My previous teaching positions include teaching literary translation and writing in English at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile and literature and Spanish at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I am thrilled to be teaching Spanish, as well as a first-year writing course, at Wellesley College and to be a part of this vibrant community of students and scholars.
My current academic projects include exploring the connections between Irish, Latin American and Iberian literatures as well as completing a bilingual anthology of the collected poems of Blanca Varela (Peru, 1926-2009). My translations of poems from Varela’s book Animal Concert appear in the anthology Asymmetries: Anthology of Peruvian Poetry (Cardboard House Press, 2014) as well as Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas (issue 16). I am also a creative writer, have published creative nonfiction pieces and short stories, and am currently revising my first novel, The Selkie’s Daughter.
A native of the Boston area, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking walks in nature and in cities, dancing and practicing yoga.