I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century Mexican and Central American narrative fiction, as well as in broad comparative areas that reach into other disciplines and traditions: Latina/o Studies, critical theory, political philosophy, and border and diaspora studies. My research is animated by questions of political agency, economic precarity, and the violence that obtains throughout waning national modernity, as well as by the ways in which literature shapes, critiques, and indexes burgeoning neoliberal globalization.
My dissertation analyzed the novels of Chilean-Mexican-Catalunyan author Roberto Bolaño and Honduran-Salvadoran-US-Latino author Horacio Castellanos Moya as a means of conceptualizing the rise of what I call “post-national literature,” which refers to literary works that comment on and critique, both formally and thematically, the shifting dynamics of the nation state as neoliberal globalization becomes the dominant ordering system of world relations. To do this, I analyzed these authors’ engagements with literary and aesthetic traditions, particularly realism and the avant-garde, to demonstrate that a dialectic emerges between their works and the literary past that opens a space to interrogate the place of aesthetic praxis as neoliberal globalization becomes ascendant. Finally, I examined Bolaño’s and Castellanos Moya’s literary rejections of Leftist militant reason and discussed how their novels implicate the Left in the rise of neoliberal globalization.
My current book project, Neoliberal Encounters: Latin American Literature in the Age of Technological Globalization, studies and sets up a series of “neoliberal encounters” in its examination of 21st-century Mexican and Central American literature—produced both domestically and in the diaspora. Encounters are both destructive and generative. They may be sites of confrontation, change, synthesis, or revelation. They are both temporal and spatial, and occur across distinct genres and media. I read narrative works by Roberto Bolaño, Laury Leite, Laia Jufresa, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Claudia Hernández, and Valeria Luiselli as sites of such encounters, and I attend to the ways in which politics, economics, ethics, and aesthetics become entangled in the age of neoliberal globalization. Along the way, my project engages with diverse theoretical perspectives, such as Critical Race Theory, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and Sound Studies.
“Broken Bodies, Broken States: Roberto Bolaño on Neoliberal Logic and (Un)Mediated Violence.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Accepted, forthcoming March 2021).
“Escatología y marginalización en la literatura andina: Las porosas fronteras sociopolíticas en Los ríos profundos de José María Arguedas,” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos (May 2020).
“Geopoetics, Geopolitics, and Violence: (Un)Mapping Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio” Latin American Perspectives (September 2019).
“Carving Place out of Non-Place: Luis Rafael Sánchez’s ‘La guagua aérea’ and Post-National Space,” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana (May 2018).
“Interventionism, Migration and Diaspora: Central American Literature Beyond the Isthmus,” Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, MLA Anthology, Eds. Mónica Albizúrez and Gloria E. Chacón, (Forthcoming).
“La Llorona, from Plaintive to Plaintiff: Accessing Rights in Neoliberal Globalization,” Cry Baby, eds. Norma Alarcón and Kathleen Alcalá (Under Review, Arizona University Press)
“The Latin American Telluric Novel and the Mexican Revolution.” Oxford Handbook of the Latin American Novel. Proposal accepted, under contract, May 2020. Co-authored with Amanda M. Smith, UC Santa Cruz. Eds. Ignacio López-Calvo and Juan E De Castro.
“Natalia Almada: The Sound & the Image,” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 1.1 (September 2016), ed. Jonathan Risner: Indiana University Press.
Translations of poetry by Conceição Evaristo (Brazilian Portuguese to English), Revista Hiedra 1.1 (Fall 2013): 66-68.
Review of Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata Since the Sixties by Karen Mary Davalos. Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2.2 (May 2018).
Review of Pliegues del yo: Cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanoamérica by Sergio R. Franco. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 51.3 (October 2017).
Articles in Preparation
- “Rancière and the Paradox of Politics: Mexico, Central America, and the Long 1968 in Retrospect.”
- “Desnudando a los maîtres à penser: La ‘novelization’ de lo histórico en El fin de la locura.”
- “Dead Matter: A Historical Materialist Approach to Literary Corpses in W.G. Sebald and Oscar Zeta Acosta.”
- “A Tale of Two Genres: The Duæling Discourses of Luis Rafael Sánchez’s Quíntuples.”
- “Violencia y alienación social en El Salvador: El arma en el hombre como Bildungsroman neoliberal.”
In April 2019, I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop and spending the day with Honduran-Salvadoran author Horacio Castellanos Moya, one of two authors whose corpora I examine at length in my dissertation project.