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). She has published several essays about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musicals, In the Heights and Hamilton. Her most recent publication, "Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok," appears in TikTok Cultures in the United States (2022). In addition, Dr. Machado Sáez’s current research project focuses archival activism and contemporary 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.


"Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok," TikTok Cultures in the United States. Ed. Trevor Buffone. Routledge Focus on Digital Media and Culture Series. New York: Routledge, 2022.

"In pursuit of property and forgiveness: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and In the Heights." Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies. Eds. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. New York: NYU Press, 2021. 332-343.

"Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of US Latinx Twitter," archipelagos: a journal of Caribbean digital praxis: 4 (2020).

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

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