Dr. Laura Kanost


Contact Information & Office Photo of Dr. Kanost

  • Email: lakanost@ksu.edu
  • Office: Eisenhower 204
  • Twitter: @LauraKanost

Research Interests

Latin American literature from the 19th century to the present, translation, disability studies, women writers, and service-learning.


  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Kansas, 2007
  • MA, Spanish, University of Kansas, 2003
  • B.A., Spanish and English; Secondary Major in Latin American Studies, Kansas State University, 2001

Recently Offered Courses

  • 500-level Courses: Introduction to Hispanic Readings and Media; Introduction to Spanish Translation; Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World: U.S. Latinx
  • Advanced Seminars: Spanish American Poetry and Song Lyrics; Advanced Spanish Translation; Community Translation and Interpreting

Publications (Selected)

Book translations

La Castañeda Insane Asylum: Narratives of Pain in Modern Mexico. Translation of La Castañeda. Narrativas dolientes desde el manicomio general, México, 1910-1930 by Cristina Rivera Garza (Tusquets, 2010). Forthcoming, Oklahoma University Press, Fall 2020.

A Dead Rose. Critical introduction and translation of La rosa muerta by Aurora Cáceres (1914). Stockcero, 2018

Anthology (translator and co-editor)

Las guionistas: A Bilingual Anthology of Mexican Women Screenwriters (co-editor with María Teresa DePaoli and translator). Bilingual Press, 2017

Co-authored book

Latin American Women and the Literature of Madness: Narratives at the Crossroads of Gender, Politics, and the Mind (co-author with Elvira Sánchez-Blake). McFarland, 2015.

Open-access textbooks
  1. Mil puertas: lecturas literarias y culturales.New Prairie Press, 2019. https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/32/
  2. Intermediarios: Introduction to Spanish<>English Community and Legal Translation and Interpreting(co-author with Julie Sellers). New Prairie Press, 2018. https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/23/

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  1. “Modernismo and the Audacious Illness Narratives of Aurora Cáceres and María Luisa Garza”. Hispanófila 186.1 (2019): 23-34. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747501
  2. “Mobility and the Modern Intellectual: Translated Images from Early 20th-Century Literary Works in Spanish by Carmen Lyra and Luisa Luisi”.Disability Studies Quarterly 38.1 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v38i1.5861
  3. “‘En ninguna parte’: Narrative Performances of Mental Illness inEl porteroby Reinaldo Arenas andCorazón de skitalietzby Antonio José Ponte.Libre acceso: Critical disability studies in Latin American literature and film. Eds. Susan Antebi and Beth Jorgensen. SUNY Press, 2015.
  4. “Spanish after service-learning: A comparative study”.Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education (2014). http://journals.sfu.ca/jslhe/index.php/jslhe/article/view/63/20
  5. “Made in the USA en español: Reading Identity in Picture Book Life Narratives.”WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom 4.6 (June 2013). http://wowlit.org/on-linepublications/stories/storiesiv6/5/
  6. “Re-Placing the Madwoman: Irene Vilar’sThe Ladies’ Gallery.Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 31.3 (2010): 103-115. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/frontiers/v031/31.3.kanost.html
  7. "Viewing the Afro-Mexican Female Revolutionary: Francisco Rojas González’sLa negra Angustias."Hispania 93.4 (2010): 555–562. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/hispania/v093/93.4.kanost.html
  8. “The Kansas State Psychiatric Hospital as Heterotopia in La mujer que cayó del cielo by Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda.”Latin American Literary Review 37.74 (2009): 26-37. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41478042
  9. “Translating Ghosts: Reading ‘Cambio de armas’ and ‘Other Weapons’ as Haunted Texts.” Chasqui 37.2 (2008): 76-87. http://www.jstor.org/stable/29742269
  10. Pasillos sin luz: Reading the Asylum in Nadie me verá llorar by Cristina Rivera Garza.” Hispanic Review 76.3 (2008): 299-316. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/hispanic_review/summary/v076/76.3.kanost.html
  11. “Body Politics in Patrícia Galvão’s Industrial Park.” Luso-Brazilian Review 43.2 (2006): 90-102. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/luso-brazilian_review/v043/43.2kanost.html