Elena Machado

Elena Machado

John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature and 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 project focuses on the role and depiction of activism in US Latinx theater.

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, 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, hardcover 2007, paper & 2013.

  • 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.


Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of U.S. Latinx Twitter.” sx archipegalos 4 (2020): 64pp. 2 Apr. 2020.

“Generation MFA: Neoliberalism and the Shifting Cultural Capital of U.S. Latinx Writers.” Latino Studies: 16.3 (2018): 361-383.

“Blackout on Broadway: Affiliation and audience in In the Heights and Hamilton.” Hamilton: A Special Issue. Guest Ed. Peter C Kunze. Studies in Musical Theater 12.2 (2018): 181-197.

“Bodega Sold Dreams: Middle-Class Panic and the Crossover Aesthetics of In the Heights.” Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. Eds. Carlos Gallego and Marcial González. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018. 187-216.

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