Iván Reyna

Iván Reyna
Associate Professor of Spanish
131 Arts & Science Building

PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2005
Latin American Literature, Culture and Historiography


A native of Lima, Perú, Professor Reyna's teaching and research interests include colonial Spanish American literature, Andean literature, historiography and culture. He is the author of the book El Encuentro de Cajamarca (Fondo Editorial UNMSM, 2010). It offers a new understanding of the well-known Cajamarca Encounter by documenting the evolution of the narrative of the Cajamarca Encounter from the complex and conflicting set of narratives that circulated during the colonial period to the historical event that served as the foundational moment in the historiography of the Peruvian nation and, at the same time, the symbol of the trauma of the conquest. His latest articles include: "El orejón Ciquinchara y su participación en los eventos previos a la captura del Inca Atahualpa en Cajamarca" Corrientes 2 (2010): 87-104."La chicha y Atahualpa: el Encuentro de Cajamarca en la Suma y narración de los Incas de Juan Diez de Betanzos" Perifrasis. 1-2 Julio-Diciembre (2010): 22-36."Las venas aún están abiertas: Obama y Latinoamérica, el primer año" Palabras 2 (2010): 85-94.

Professor Reyna is currently working on an annotated edition of the Verdadera Relación de la Conquista del Perú by Francisco de Jerez, secretary and notary of Francisco Pizarro He is simultaneously working on an English edition of the same text, based on the translation made by Clement Markham and published in 1872, for which no other English edition exists. Parallel to the preparation of both editions he is in the process of researching and collecting information for his next major research project that involves the uprising of Gonzalo Pizarro against the New Laws in Perú between 1544-1548. An event somehow forgotten in history, Gonzalo Pizarro's revolt has been seen primarily as one of the many revolts against the "New Laws" instituted by the Spanish crown in 1542. These laws were enacted to improve conditions for indigenous people, while reducing the power and influence of the first conquistadors. Bernard Lavallé has suggested, using Juan Friede's analysis of the development of the Creole identity in Nueva Granada, that Pizarro's revolt might be also seen as the manifestation of a proto-Creole identity in the region He notes that the "Creole Spirit" has more to do with a sense of identity than with birth on the new continent. This might suggest that Creole identity understood on those terms probably appeared on the continent even before the first "Creoles" were able to fight for their own rights. I plan to further explore this suggestion by researching the textual representation of the Gonzalo Pizarro revolt, which appears in several chronicles, histories, legal documents, letters and other written accounts. I will argue this portrays the revolt as one of the first attempts to construct a Creole identity in the Andean region.

Professor Reyna teaches a variety of classes, including Graduate Seminars on Colonial Latin American Literature and Indigenismo as well as undergraduate courses in Andean Literature and Culture, Literature and Politics, Survey of Latin American Literature, Latin American Civilization, introductory classes in Hispanic Literature as well as Writing Intensive classes. Professor Reyna is also a devoted hincha (fan) of football (soccer) and an ardent follower of his beloved team Alianza Lima.

Professor Reyna also co-chairs the department's Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar Series