De Castro, Juan E

juan decastro

Juan E De Castro
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; MA, Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; BA, English, California State University, Los Angeles
Associate Professor, Literary Studies

The main topic of my research has been Latin American literature, which I see as neither homogeneous—it is obviously composed of many specific national, regional and even linguistic traditions—nor as isolated from world literature.  In particular, I have written on the manner in which unified national identities have been imagined in literary texts out of Amerindian, African diasporic and Iberian elements; on how Latin American writers, artists, and intellectuals have negotiated their relationship with Western culture; and more recently on the work of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize Winner.
Courses Taught:
  • Latina and Latino Literature and Identity
  • The Boom: Spanish American Narrative in the 1960s
  • Literature and Revolution in Latin America
  • Don Quixote and the Origins of Literary Modernity
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Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
80 Fifth Ave. Rm.525
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
Tues. and Thurs. 11-11:50 am
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2257


Research Interests:
Latin American literature; Latina and Latino literatures; Latin American popular cultures; constructions of nationality; Spanish literature.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Modern Language Association
  • Latin American Studies Association

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