Professor Emeritus of Hispano Literature
He has numerous publications on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature. His most recent essay, Anachronism and Baroque Abandon: Carpentier’s, Cortázar’s, and Botero’s Decolonial Columns, is in collaboration with Monique Roelofs, with whom he is working on a book-length study of anachronism in contemporary Americas literature.
At Hampshire, he regularly offers courses on Latin American narrative and culture, Latin@ literature, world literature, and translation studies.
Given the importance of letters to the Latin American colonial enterprise and nation-building project, literature is a privileged site to think through contemporary rhetorics of modernity, decoloniality, and neoliberalism. We will begin with the critique of modernity by Borges and Cortazar and then turn to the temporal dislocations introduced by Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, Jamaica Kincaid, Manuel Puig, Garcia Marquez, Diamela Eltit, Pedro Lemebel, Juan Vasquez, and Samanta Schweblin, as they confront the pressures of the marketplace and imagine alternative knowledges and socialities. We will also explore these implications in several works of film and visual art. Alongside the above artifacts, we will read selections of the postmodern and postcolonial projects of Anzaldua, Fanon, Franco, Lugones, Mignolo, Rama, Richard, among others.
"Mediocre writers borrow. Great writers steal." exhorts T.S. Elliot. This course connects the reading and writing processes so that they are reciprocal and reinforcing. Every week we will alternate between reading a mosaic of U.S. American short fiction and analyzing the ways in which these narratives make their point, and practical writing exercises in order to build linguistic, literary and cultural skills. During the final month, you will workshop your own narratives, fiction or non-fiction, allowing you to give and receive feedback on the process and products of your practice. You will be expected to provide clear, thoughtful, constructive oral and written feedback on your peers' efforts too. The aim is to become a better critical reader by being attuned to how narratives work, and to create something new that is haunted by the past. Writers are made by their libraries.