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Rachel Ellis Neyra

Assistant Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 217
860-685-3636

rellisneyra@wesleyan.edu

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BA Freed Hardeman College
PHD SUNY at Stony Brook

Rachel Ellis Neyra

Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra is a poetic theorist working in the fields of Latina/o/x, Black, and Caribbean Studies with emphasis on: Poetics; the relationship of Poetry, Music, and Performance; Aesthetics; Contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban Art; Third Cinema; Literary, Queer, Postcolonial, and Translation Theories. 

Ellis Neyra is currently completing Cry Bomba: Listening to Brown Poetics, their first academic book manuscript. Cry Bomba probes the historical demand of poetics in the field of Latina/o/x Studies as a performative practice of sensing and attending to the sounds made by what we otherwise quarter off as visual, textual, and narrative, as though the senses and genres stay caged in their proper places. Engaging Salsa and Indie music, live and multimedia performance, the novel, theater, poetry, legal transcripts, and short experimental films, the book’s multiply inflected audio-visual archive deliberately listens to sites of sonic nonsense, upheaval, sex, and civil disobedience in Puerto Rican, Nuyorican, Chicana/o/x, and black aesthetics. 

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Office Hours

OFFICE: DOWNEY 217

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 3-4 PM

& BY APPOINTMENT. FOR APPOINTMENTS, WRITE: rellisneyra [at] wesleyan.edu, & KINDLY INDICATE IN YOUR EMAIL'S SUBJECT HEADING THAT YOU ARE REQUESTING A MEETING

Courses

Spring 2018
ENGL 328 - 01
Brown&Black Forms and Feelings

ENGL 350 - 01
Law, "Savage," and Citizen

Fall 2018
ENGL 201R - 01
Ways of Reading: Sound Sense

ENGL 279 - 01
Intro to Latina/o/x Lit & Art