Stuart A. Day

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Vice Chancellor, KU Edwards Campus
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 - On Leave
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2622
University of Kansas
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Stuart A. Day, Professor of Spanish (BS in Spanish and Education, Northern Arizona University’s Center for Excellence in Education; MA in Hispanic Literature, University of Arizona; PhD in Latin American Literature, Cornell University). Day’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a focus on theater and performance in Mexico. Before joining the faculty at KU he taught at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000-2005), where he was a Faculty Fellow and recipient of two teaching/mentoring awards. At KU he was awarded the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and was a Senior Administrative Fellow.

His first book, Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism, was published by Bucknell University Press. Day has also published several anthologies and co-edited, with Jacqueline E. Bixler, El Teatro de Rascón Banda: voces en el umbral (Escenelogía). He has published book chapters with several presses (Arizona, Iowa, Escenología, Vanderbilt, etc.) as well as articles, play introductions, and interviews in a variety of journals. Day’s theoretical approach is informed mainly by Cultural Studies and Performance Studies; and his courses often have to do with social justice.

Current research includes a special edition of the Mexican theater magazine Paso de Gato, chapters/articles on Federico Gamboa (“Performing the Porfiriato: Federico Gamboa and the Performance of Power”); Sabina Berman (“Similia similibus curantur: La exhumación de lo real en Backyard de Sabina Berman”); Vicente Leñero (“Transposing Professions: Vicente Leñero and the Politics of the Press”); a piece based on interviews with Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez (“It’s My National Stage Too: Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez as Public Intellectuals”), and the contemporary theater chapter in the Cambridge’s A History of Mexican Literature (2016). This topic—public intellectuals in Mexico—is the subject of a volume Day published with Debra A. Castillo (Palgrave 2014). Recent books include Outside Theater: Alliances That Shape Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2017) and Modern Mexican Culture (University of Arizona Press, 2017). Current projects include the book Performances that Changed the Americas and Show Me Your Papers.

Though his research is often focused on Mexico, Day has also worked (or is working) with numerous dissertators on a variety of projects that include theatre/performance but also Mexican narrative, print culture in the Southern Cone, Cyberpunk, Latina/o Literature, Migration, etc. Day is a member of the KU Latina/o Studies Initiative and core faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has served as Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, Associate Chair, Chair of Spanish and Portuguese, and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Editor of the Latin American Theatre Review; and served on the Advisory Board of the PMLA. He is also involved with LATR Books (Managing Editor), for which he edited an anthology of Mexican plays (Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano, 2009, 2013, 2016).

Selected Publications

Day, Stuart. Modern Mexican Culture: A Critical Introduction. University of Arizona Press, fall 2017, 2017. Forthcoming.

Day, Stuart A. Outside Theater: Alliances that Shape Mexico. University of Arizona Press, Spring 2017. Forthcoming.

Day, Stuart A. Mexican Theatre. The Cambridge History of Mexican Literature. 2016.

Day, Stuart A. Contra Manos Blancas, manitas. Prologue to second edition of Teatro del 68. Tablado IberoAmericano, 2015.

Day, Stuart A. "Contemporary Theatre." The Cambridge History of Mexican Literature. 2015.

Day, Stuart A. "Out of Bounds in 1822: Humoring the Limits of Colonial Mexico." Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico. Literary and Cultural Inquiries. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada, Ed. Ana Nogar. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2014. 252-74.

Castillo, Debra A., and Stuart A. Day. "A New Kind of Public Intellectual?" Introduction. Mexican Public Intellectuals . Ed. Debra A. Castillo, Ed. Stuart A. Day. New York: Palgrave, 2014.

Day, Stuart A., Castillo, Debra A (Ed.). Mexican Public Intellectuals. Palgrave, April 2014.

Day, Stuart A. "La intersextualidad (dramática) de Sabina Berman." Introduction. El Narco negocia con Dios and Testosterona. Mexico City: El Milagro, CONACULTA, LATR Books, 2013: 9-21.

Day, Stuart A. Sabina Berman: Un Personaje (Inter)Nacional. Paso de Gato 9th ed. Vol. 45. June/July 2011: 12.

Day, Stuart A. "Entre justicia teatral e impunidad visceral: Rascón Banda y los estragos de la humanidad." Introduction. El Teatro de Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda. Ed. Stuart A. Day. Instituto Chuhuahuense de la Cultura, 2010.

Day, Stuart A (Ed.). "Teatro Latino en los Estados Unidos." Spec. issue of PasodeGato (Mexico City) (2010).

Day, Stuart A. "Performing the Porfiriato: Federico Gamboa and the Performance of Power." Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America. Ed. William Acree, Ed. Juan Carlos González-Espitia. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2009. 150-177.

Day, Stuart A. "Transposing Professions: Vicente Leñero and the Politics of the Press." TransActing: Contemporary Latin American Theatre. Ed. Jacqueline E. Bixler, Ed. Laurietz Seda. Bucknell UP, 2009. 109-24.

Day, Stuart A. "Vicente Leñero y el Teatro Clandestino." Introduction. Play introduction. Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano. Ed. Stuart A. Day. Lawrence, KS: LATR Books, 2009.

Day, Stuart A. "It’s My (National) Stage Too: Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez as Public Intellectuals." Theater and Performance in Nuestra América. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature 32.2 (2008): 386-411.

Bixler, Jacqueline E., Day, Stuart A (Ed.). Voces en el umbral: El teatro de Víctor Hugo Rascón Band. Mexico: Escenología, 2005.

Day, Stuart A., and Jacqueline E. Bixler. "Otras voces desde el umbral." Introduction. Voces en el umbral: El teatro de Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda. Ed. Jacqueline E. Bixler, Ed. Stuart A. Day. Mexico: Escenología, 2005: 17-20.

Day, Stuart A. "Vicente Leñero." Dictionary of Literary Biography: Latin American Dramatists. New York: Gale, 2005: 184-98.

Day, Stuart A. En sus propias palabras. Voces en el umbral: El teatro de Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda. Ed. Jacqueline E. Bixler, Ed. Stuart A. Day. Mexico: Escenología, 2005: 21-32.

Day, Stuart A. "Vicente Leñero y la ansiedad periodística." Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 11.27 (2005): 51-61.

Day, Stuart A. "La sediciosa seducción de México: La grieta." Sediciosas seducciones: la crítica frente al teatro de Sabina Berman. Ed. Jacqueline E. Bixler. Mexico: Escenología, 2004. 87-102.

Day, Stuart A. "Performing Mexico." Re/Writing National Theatre Histories. Ed. S. E. Wilmer. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2004. 153-73.

Day, Stuart A. Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2004.

Day, Stuart A. Entrevista a Vicente Leñero. Chasqui 2nd ed. Vol. 33. November 2004: 17-26.

Day, Stuart A. "Enrique Mijares y el teatro mexicano: resistencia y complicidad." Autores 13 (2003): 22-25.

Day, Stuart A. Las huellas de Enrique Buenaventura. Gestos: Revista de teoría y práctica de teatro hispánico Vol. 37. April 2003: 85-90.

Day, Stuart A. Diálogos dramatúrgicos: Chile-México. Puebla: Tablado IberoAmericano, 2002: 420 p.

Day, Stuart A. "Misa (Neoliberal) en Los Pinos." Gestos: Revista de teoría y práctica de teatro hispánico 33 (Apr. 2002): 109-17.

Day, Stuart A. "Foretelling Failure: Questioning the Mexican Political Left from Within." Mexico in Transition: Art, Culture, Politics. Discourse 30.2 (2001): 102-23.

Day, Stuart A. "Berman’s Pancho Villa versus Neoliberal Desire." Latin American Theatre Review 33.1 (1999): 5-24.

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