Dr. Leslie Maxwell Kaiura

Department Chair of World Languages and Culture Associate Professor - Spanish


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 278G
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Leslie Maxwell Kaiura, originally from Cairo, Georgia, holds degrees from Columbus State University in Georgia (B.A. in English Language and Literature, 2000), Auburn University (M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, 2003), and University of Virginia (Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature, 2008). Her areas of specialization are 19th and early 20th-Century Spanish literature and culture, with an emphasis on gender ideology, violence against women, law, and journalism. Dr. Kaiura has traveled and studied in Mexico and Spain and has nearly 20 years of teaching experience. She teaches language, literature, and culture courses and also has a special interest in teaching medical Spanish. In addition, she is active with the Women’s and Gender Studies program and has developed an international cinema course focused around the themes of culture, gender, and sexuality.

Dr. Kaiura has presented her research and pedagogical work many conferences, and she has also published five articles and two book chapters that explore themes such as gender ideology and gendered violence in the works of authors such as Patrocinio de Biedma, Fernán Caballero, Carmen de Burgos, and Rafael López de Haro. These articles have been featured in the journals Stichomythia: Revista de Teatro Contempáraneo [Journal of Contemporary Theater], Decimonónica: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Cultural Production, the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Hispanet Journal, and the MIFLC Review. Her book chapters have appeared in the volumes Kiosk Literature in Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture and Mito e historia en la televisión y el cine español [Myth and History in Spanish Television and Cinema]. Dr. Kaiura is currently pursuing a book project about adultery and wife-murder in the press and popular literature during Spain’s Silver Age (approximately 1898-1936).

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

  • “Del ángel del hogar al monstruo de la lujuria: Género y ciencia en dos novelas populares.” Del salvaje siglo XIX al inestable siglo XX en las letras peninsulares: una mirada retrospectiva a través de hispanistas. Ed. Ana Isabel Simón Alegre. Wilmington: Vernon Press, 2022. 143-58.

  • “El asesino del rosario: Gender in the Stranglehold of Church and State in El Caso: Crónica de Sucesos.” Mito e historia en la televisión y el cine español. Ed. Christine Blackshaw Naberhaus. Valencia, Spain: Albatros Ediciones, 2019. 149-74.

  • “Getting Away with Wife Murder: Article 438 in the Press and Popular Fiction.” Kiosk Literature in Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture. Eds. Susan Larson and Jeffrey Zamostny. Chicago: Intellect Press, 2017. 287-309.

  • “Company” (Short Story). AcademFic: A Journal of Fiction by Academics 1(2020): 56–71.

  • “Narrow Skulls and Vile Flesh: The Failure of Female Anatomy and Feminist Critique in Rafael López de Haro’s En el cuerpo de una mujer.” Hispanet Journal 6 (2013): 1–32.

  • “FernánCaballero’s Lessons for Ladies: Female Agency and the Modeling of Proper Womanhood in Clemencia.” Decimonónica: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Cultural Production. 9:1 (2012): 17–33.

  • “Birds, Butterflies, and Mercury’s Feathered Feet: Women and Winged Symbols in Fernán Caballero’s Clemencia.” MIFLC Review 15 (2009–2011): 39–57.

  • “What Change? Spanish Gender Ideology and Marital Rape in La malcasada and Solo mía.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 14 (2010): 67–84.

  • El mayor castigo: Mujeres castigadas y hombres perdonados en un melodrama del sigloXIX.” Stichomythia: Revista de teatro español contemporáneo 8 (2009): 71–84.