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 StudiesProfile:
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
- Critical Insights: Mario Vargas Llosa, editor (Salem Press, 2014)
- The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel: Bolaño and After, co-editor with Will H. Corral and Nicholas Birns (Bloomsbury, 2013)
- Mario Vargas Llosa: Public Intellectual inNeoliberal Latin America (U of Arizona P, 2011)
- Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics, co-editor with Nicholas Birns (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
- The Spaces of Latin American Literature: Tradition, Globalization and Cultural Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
- Mestizo Nations: Culture, Race andConformity in Latin American Literature (U of Arizona P, 2002)
- "Boom Writers and Power." Council of Hemispheric Affairs. September 15, 2014.
- "Vargas Llosa, el Nobel y la izquierda.Guaraguao" 16.40 (2012): 55-66.
- (co-written with Nicholas Birns) “The Historical Novel: The War of the End of the World.” The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa. Ed. Efraín Kristal. Cambridge UP, Cambridge, 2012. 62-73.
- “‘¿En qué idioma escribe usted?’:
Spanish, Tagalog, and Identity in José Rizal’s Noli me tangere.” MLN 126.2 (March 2011).
- “Australia in Borges andBuarque.” Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/NewZealand Literature
24.2 (December 2010): 157-63.
- “Mr. Vargas Llosa Goes to
Washington.” Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 21-28.
- “Mario Vargas Llosa versus Barbarism [PDF]” Latin American Research Review 45.2 (June, 2010). 5-26.
- “¿Fue José CarlosMariátegui racista? [PDF]” A Contracorriente 7.2 (Winter
- “DeEliot a Borges: Tradición y periferia [PDF]” Iberoamericana 7.26 (2007): 7-18.
- “RubénDarío Visits Ricardo Palma:Tradition, Cosmopolitanism, and the Development of an Independent LatinAmerican Literature.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 36.1
- “Christopher Isherwood Meets Jorge LuisBorges: On the Value of South American Cultures [PDF]” MLN 119
- “Richard Rodriguez in ‘Borderland’:The Ambiguity of Hybridity [PDF]” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 26.1
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal ArtsOffice Hours:
80 Fifth Ave. Rm.525
New York, NY 10011
Tues. and Thurs. 11-11:50 amPhone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2257Email:DecastrJ@newschool.eduResearch 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