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Néstor Iván Quiroa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

On Faculty since 2002
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Dr. Quiroa's research interests include Latin American colonial literature, indigenous literatures from Highland Guatemala, and Central American twentieth-century narratives.


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Latin American Literature, 2002

Michigan State University
M.A., Spanish Literature, 1994

University of California, Los Angeles
Translation/Interpretation Certification, 1992

University of California, Irvine
B.A., Spanish Literature and Bilingual Education, 1990

  • Spanish Language Instruction
  • Spanish Literature
  • Latin America
  • Latin American Literature
  • American Society of Ethnohistory
  • Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • The Midwest Working Group on Colonial Latin America

Sacred 'Text' or Doctrinal Source?: Francisco Ximenez, the Popol Wuj and the Ethnohistory of the Colonial K'iche'
Annual meeting for the American Society of Ethonohistory, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2014

From Glyphs to Digital: Text, Context, and Ideological Agendas of the Popol Wuj Narrative
Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2014

Miguel Angel Asturias and the 'novelistica bananera': Viento Fuerte and the Artfulness of Written Images
Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, WI, 2013

La novelística bananera de Miguel Ángel Asturias: Viento Fuerte como registro histórico de una realidad centroamericana
Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012

Time, Historicity and the Representation of the Colonial Self: The Maya-K’iche' of Totonicapán in Highland Guatemala
The Central American Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, Illinois, 2012

Miguel Ángel Asturias and the Value of the Word in El Señor Presidente
The Midwest Modern Language Association, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2011

El Señor Presidente, ¿Myth or Reality?: Miguel Angel Asturias, the Popol Vuh and the Mythological Emergence of the Dictator Figure in Latin America
Latin American Studies Association or LASA, Toronto, Canada, 2010

Fear of the Sacred: Friar Franciso Ximénez and the Maya-K'iche' Creation Stories
Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2010

The Título de Totonicapán: A Syntagmatic Approach
Annual meeting for the American Society of Ethnohistory, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009

Disseminating the Popol Vuh Narrative: Catholic and Protestant Missionaries in Colonial and Contemporary Highland Guatemala. Theological interpretation of the Maya-K'iche'
The Midwest Working Group on Colonial Latin America, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana), 2009

  • SPAN 331 Spanish Conversation and Culture
  • SPAN 332 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 335 Cultures and Civilizations of Latin America
  • SPAN 337 Survey of Latin American Literature, 1492-present
  • SPAN 439 Central American Literature: Magic or Reality on 20th Century Novel?
  • SPAN 439 Central American Narrative and the Environment: An Eco-historical approach
  • SPAN 439 Highland Guatemala Maya-K’iche’ indigenous Colonial Texts
  • SPAN 439 Latinos/ Latinas in the United States
  • SPAN 439 Revolutions and the Arts in Latin America
  • Colonial Discourse in the Chronicles of Discovery and Conquest
  • Highland Guatemala Indigenoue Texts
  • Conquest and Colonization of Guatemala: The Dominican Order and the Maya-K’iche’
  • Friar Francisco Ximenez and the Popol Wuj narrative
  • Miguel Ángel Asturias: Myth and History
  • Central American Literature: Resistance, Political denunciation and Social Justice

A Review of the Indigenous Peoples of Mesoamerica and Central America: Their Societies, Cultures, and Histories by Robert M. Carmack, Quiroa, Nestor, IK: Other Ways of Knowing, vol. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 181-184. https://journals.psu.edu/ik/article/view/61002/60771

The Popol WujThe Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature
Ed. Ken Seigneurie. (Forthcoming, Spring 2018)

Contextualizing the Popol Wuj from Friar Ximénez to the Digital Age. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Oxford University Press. Article published November 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.515.

Friar Francisco Ximénez and the Popol Vuh: From Religious Treatise to a Digital Sacred Book., Ethnohistory 64:2 (April 2017): 64:2.

Missionary Exegesis of the Popol Vuh: Maya-K'iche' Cultural and Religious Continuity in Colonial and Contemporary Highland Guatemala., History of Religions. 53:1 (August 2013): 66-97

El "Popol Wuj" en la versión de Francisco Ximénez (1701-1702)Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
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Revisiting the Highland Guatemala Tίtulos: How the Maya-Quiché Lived and Outlived the Colonial Experience., Ethnohistory. 58:2 (Spring 2011) 294-321.

The Popol Vuh and the Dominican Religious Extirpation in Highland Guatemala: Re-contextualizing Friar Ximénez’s Text, Prologues and Annotations., The Americas: 67:4 (April 2011): 467-494.

“Francisco Ximénez and the Popol Vuh: Text, Structure, and Ideology in a Prologue,”CLAHR: Colonial Latin American Historical Review 11:3 (2002): 279-300.