Elena Machado

Elena Machado

Professor of English
Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies; Specialization: contemporary American, US Latinx, and Caribbean diaspora literatures
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About Elena Machado

Elena Machado Sáez is a Professor of English at Bucknell University. She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press 2015) and coauthor with Raphael Dalleo of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007). Her most recent publications have analyzed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musicals, In the Heights and Hamilton. In addition, Dr. Machado Sáez’s current research appears in the article, “Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of US Latinx Twitter,” published in the journal archipelagos.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., Fordham University

Teaching Interests

  • US Latinx Literature
  • Caribbean Literature
  • American Literature
  • Courses on drama, performance and film.

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Selected Publications


Machado Sáez, Elena. Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction. New World Studies Series, Modern Language Initiative. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, March 2015.

  • Discusses the historical novels of Robert Antoni, Julia Alvarez, Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Marlon James, Andrea Levy, Ana Menéndez, and Monique Roffey.


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

  • Analyzes the relationship of politics and the market in the works of Chantel Acevedo, Julia Alvarez, Angie Cruz, Nilo Cruz, Junot Díaz, Cristina Garcia, Ana Menéndez, Pedro Pietri, Ernesto Quiñonez and Abraham Rodriguez. Paperback version issued in January 2013.

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