Modern Languages 533
Morales, Monica P
Associate Professor


Books: Reading Inebriation in Early Colonial Peru. (1st edition Ashgate 2012; 1st reprint edition Routledge 2017).

Viewing a variety of narratives through the lens of inebriation imagery, this book explores how such imagery emerges in colonial Peru as articulator of notions of the self and difference, resulting in a new social hierarchy and exploitation. Reading Inebriation in Early Colonial Peru evaluates the discursive and geo-political relevance of representations of drinking and drunkenness in the crucial period for the consolidation of colonial power in the Viceroyalty of Peru, and the resisting rhetoric of a Hispanicized native Andean writer interested in changing stereotypes, fighting inequality, and promoting tolerance at imperial level in one of the main centers of Spanish colonial economic activity in the Americas. In recognizing and addressing this imagery, my research restores an element of colonial discourse that hitherto has been overlooked in the critical readings dealing with the history of sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Andes. It presents drinking as the metaphorical site where Western culture and the New World collide and define themselves on the grounds of differing drinking rituals and ideas of moderation and excess. Narratives such as dictionaries, legal documents, conversion manuals, historical writings, literary accounts, and chronicles frame the context of analysis.

Regina Harrison, "Mónica P. Morales. Reading Inebriation in Early Colonial Peru," Renaissance Quarterly 67, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 685-687.


¿Se puede hablar de solidaridad y defensa en la narrativa de Guamán Poma sobre los Indios en Buen gobierno? Letras. 91. 133 (2020): 211-232.

"La distancia y la modestia: Las 'dos' caras del Atlántico en los versos de Sor Juana a la duquesa de Aveyro." Revista Hispánica Moderna. 63.1 (2010): 19-33.

"Inebriation Imagery and 'Epistemic Shift:' The Case of Guamán Poma de Ayala." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 43. 3 (2009): 449-470.

"La mujer indígena, la sexualidad y el tambo: Transacciones desestabilizadoras en El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno." Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura. 5 (2005-2006): 69-80.

"La tertulia y el picholeo: La colonia y el cambio social resuenan en Martín Rivas." Hispanófila. 144 (2005): 61-73.

"Translation and the Discovery of Western and Andean Epistemologies in the Practices of Alcohol Drinking." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 31.1(2004): 45-61.

"Women and Alcohol: Cultural Essence and Social Deviance in Early Twentieth Century South America." Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura. 18.2 (2003): 53-66.

Book Reviews

“José Carlos de Puente Luna. Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court.” Renaissance Quarterly 72, no.2 (Summer 2019):688-689.


Short Biography

Dr. Monica Morales is Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and affiliated faculty in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Her research interests are the cultural production of the colonial period, with an emphasis on the ongoing formations of colonial power across time and space in Latin America, such as rights discourse, justice, and representation seen through postcolonial, race, gender, space, subaltern, and visual studies. She is currently working on her second manuscript about the intimate relation between justice, the movement of meaning, and politics in the contexts of Spanish and Portuguese America.

Currently Teaching

SPAN 350 – Readings in the Literary Genres

SPAN 696B – Spanish American Literature

This course is designed to explore theoretical/critical readings in order to discuss key issues involving Spanish American literatures and cultures contemplated. Throughout the course we will examine an array of perspectives as modes of understanding the creative texts. In the light of the readings students will develop original research projects.