Elena Machado Sáez

Associate Professor

Department of English

Florida Atlantic University


Link to 2012 Stanford Symposium on Junot Díaz





Spring 2015

Latino/a Theater and Film

Interpretation of Drama


Fall 2014

US Latino/a Literature

Colloquium in English (Graduate)



Recent Awards:


College of Arts and Letters Nominee for Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), 2014.


Full Year Sabbatical, granted by Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU, 2011-2012.


Nominated for OWL Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, FAU, 2010.


Scholarly and Creative Accomplishment Fellowship, granted by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU, 2009-2010.


University Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, FAU, 2008.


Scholarship, Creative Accomplishment and Teaching Development Award, granted by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU, 2006.


Scholarly and Creative Accomplishment Fellowship, granted by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU, 2005-2006.






Machado Sáez, Elena. Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.


Dalleo, Raphael and Elena Machado Sáez. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

            Reviewed by

·         Richard Pérez in the review essay “Emerging Canons, Unfolding Ethnicities: The Future of U.S. Latino/a Literary Theory.” Centro 22.2 (Spring 2010).

·         Michelle Johnson Vela, Camino Real 3 (2010): 189-190.

·         Margarita Castromán Soto in Sargasso 2008-2009.1: 179-182.

·         Laura Halperin in Latino Studies 7.3 (September 2009): 400-402.

·         Carmen Ruiz-Castaneda in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 6.1 (Spring 2008).

·         Marta Caminero-Santangelo in MELUS 33.1 (Spring 2008): 174-176.

·         Trenton Hickman in Latino(a) Research Review 6.3 (2007-2008): 121-124.


Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Dictating Desire, Dictating Diaspora: Junot Díaz’s Oscar Wao as Foundational Romance.” Contemporary Literature 52.3 (November 2011): 522-555.


Reconquista: Ilan Stavans and the Indigenous Other in Multiculturalist Latino Discourse.” Latino Studies 7.4 (Winter 2009): 410-434.


Bittersweet (Be)Longing: Filling the Void of History in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 4.1 (2006).


Postcoloniality, Atlantic Orders, and the Migrant Male in the Writings of Caryl Phillips.” Small Axe: A Journal of Criticism 9.1 (March 2005): 17-39.


The Global Baggage of Nostalgia in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.” MELUS 30.4 (Winter 2005): 129-147.


“Latino, U.S.A.: Statehooding Puerto Rico in Rosario Ferré’s The House on the Lagoon.Phoebe 16.1 (2004): 23-38.


“The Routes of Global Nostalgia in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, & Culture 2 (2002): 91-104.


Chapters in Edited Collections

“Teaching Brathwaite’s MR within a Caribbean Fabulist Tradition.” Approaches to Teaching Kamau Brathwaite. Ed. Elaine Savory. New York: The Modern Language Association of America. [Book manuscript approved by MLA, 2008].


Static Signals: Celia Cruz, Santería and Markets of Latinidad in Jennine Capó Crucet’s How to Leave Hialeah.” Write in Tune: Representing Contemporary Music in Fiction. Eds. Erich Hertz and Jeff Roessner. New York: Bloomsburg, 2014.


Co-author with Raphael Dalleo. “Canon Formation.” In Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature. Eds. Frances Aparicio and Suzanne Bost, 385-395. New York: Routledge, 2012.


Book Reviews

“Worth the Wait for Wondrous Tale.” Rev. of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, South Florida Sun Sentinel 9 September 2007: 6H.


“Globalization Bringing Us Closer.” Rev. of A Handbook to Luck by Cristina García, South Florida Sun Sentinel 29 April 2007: 10G.


A Family’s Bonds of Love, Money.” Rev. of Love and Ghost Letters by Chantel Acevedo, South Florida Sun Sentinel 11 Sept. 2005: A&E 18.


Hemingway as Proxy for Cuba’s Woes.” Rev. of Adíos Hemingway by Leonardo Padura Fuentes and Welcome to Havana Señor Hemingway by Alfredo José Estrada, South Florida Sun Sentinel 19 June 2005: A&E 18.


“Cigar Roller’s life goes up in smoke.” Rev. of The Cigar Roller by Pablo Medina, South Florida Sun Sentinel 6 Mar. 2005: A&E 18.