Antonio Cordoba

Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

My main academic interests are Spanish-language science fiction in all media (literature, film, TV, and comic books), and the intersections of modernity and the sacred in Iberian and Latin American cultures.

CV (December 2020).

Education

  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2008.
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000.
  • B.A. University of Sevilla, 1997.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 202. Spanish for Communication II.
  • SPAN 209. Speaking Spanish
  • SPAN 210. Writing Spanish
  • SPAN 303. Spanish Culture through Film.
  • SPAN 307. Advanced Grammar and Composition.
  • SPAN 320. Special Topics: in Hispanic Culture Studies. Imagining the Fantastic in Spanish and Latin American cultures.
  • SPAN 340. Spanish Civilization.
  • SPAN 341. Spanish American Civilization.
  • SPAN 351. Masterworks in Spanish II.
  • LLRN 102. Classical Origins of Western Culture.
  • LLRN 102: Classical Origins: West Culture
  • SPAN 201: Spanish for Communication I
  • SPAN 202: Spanish for Communication II
  • SPAN 303: Spanish Culture Through Film
  • SPAN 340: Spanish Civilization
  • SPAN 341: Spanish American Civilization
  • SPAN 424: The Modern Novel in Spain and Spanish America
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications.

    Edited volumes and monographs.

    • Fabulous Leviathan: Visions and Uses of New York Citiy in Iberian Cultures, 1875-1975. (Edited volume in preparation).
    • Rite, Flesh, and Stone: The Matter of Death in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. Forthcoming. Essays by Ana Fernández-Cebrián, Eugenia Afinoguénova, Ángel Loureiro, Elizabeth Scarlett, Annabel Martín, Patty Keller, Cristina Moreiras-Menor, Daniel García-Donoso, N. Michelle Murray, William Viestenz, Jordi Morera and Sol Tarrés, Layla Renshaw, and Pedro Aguilera-Mellado. Link.
    • The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Articles by Samuel Llano, Wan Sonya Tang, Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Alberto Medina, Sarah Thomas, William Viestenz, Antonio Cordoba, Daniel García-Donoso, Nathan Richardson, Tatiana Alekseeva and Esteve Sanz. Afterword by Joan Ramon Resina. Link.
    • ¿Extranjero en tierra extraña? El género de la ciencia ficción en América Latina. Sevilla: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla, 2011. Link.

    Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters.

    • "Introduction: Materiality, Culture, and Death in Spain, 1959-2020" With Daniel García Donoso. Rite, Flesh, and Stone: The Matter of Death in Contemporary Spain. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. 9-40. Link. Forthcoming.
    • “Alienígenas, mutantes, ciborgs, sujetos digitales: avatares de lo posthumano en la ciencia ficción latinoamericana.” La ciencia ficción en América Latina: Crític, teoría, historia. Edited by Silvia G. Kurlat Ares y Ezequiel de Roso. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2021. 249-259. Link.
    • "Aliens, Mutants, Cyborgs, Digital Selves: Avatars of the Posthuman in Latin American Science Fiction." Peter Lang Companion to Latin American Science Fiction Studies. Edited by Silvia G. Kurlat Ares and Ezequiel de Rosso. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2021. Link.
    • "Genealogía, vulnerabilidad y mutación en Iris (2014), de Edmundo Paz Soldán." [Genealogy, Vulnerability, and Mutation in Edmundo Paz Soldán's Iris (2014)." Desafíos, diferencias y deformaciones de la ciudadanía: mutantes y monstruos en la producción cultural latinoamericana reciente. Edited by María del Carmen Caña Jiménez. Raleigh: Editorial A Contracorriente, 2020. 131-154. Link.
    • "Spanish Science Fiction Film in Times of Emergency: Crisis and Entrapment in Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestrial and David and Álex Pastor’s The Last Days." European Film and Television: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis. Edited by Betty Kaklamanidou and Ana Corbalán. New York: Routledge, 2019. 51-64. Link.
    • "Los niños perdidos zombis: La España postsecular y los descontentos con la memoria histórica en [REC]2." [The Lost Zombie Children: Postsecular Spain and the Discontents with Historical Memory in [REC]2]. Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía, vol. 6, no. 1, December 2018. Link.
    •  "(De)Mythologizing the Disabled: Chilean Freaks in Roberto Bolaño's El Tercer Reich and Estrella distante." In Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures. Ed. Sara Muñoz-Muriana and Analola Santana. Hispanic Issues Online, Vol. 20Fall 2018. 77-96. Link.
    • "Between Moscow and Santa Clara: The Soviet Cuban Imaginary in Agustín de Rojas' Espiral (1980)." Science Fiction Circuits of the East and South. Edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. 75-98. Link.
    • "Precarious Life in the High Rise: Neoliberal Urban Interiors in Rec (2007) and Mientras duermes (2011).” Gender in Spanish Urban Spaces: Literary and Visual Narratives of the New Millennium. Edited by Maria DiFrancesco and Debra Ochoa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 269-288. Link.
    • "Astral Cities, New Selves: Utopian Subjectivities in Nosso Lar and Branco Sai, Preto Fica." In Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema. Edited by Antônio Márcio da Silva and Mariana Cunha. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 133-147. Link.
    • "'Let Me Enter the Heaven of Her Consciousness': Cosmopolitan Ghosts in Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, vol. 46, no. 1, May 2017. 102-113. Link.
    • "Urban Avatars of 'El Maligno': Sacredness in Alex de la Iglesia's El día de la Bestia and Manuel Martín Cuenca's Caníbal." The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 119-137. Link.
    • "Introduction." With Daniel García-Donoso.The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xiii-xxvii. Link.
    • "'¿Qué hay detrás de la ventana': Oralidad delirante y el enigma de la voz en Los detectives salvajes de Roberto Bolaño." Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 7, 2011. 87-108. Link.

    Book Reviews.

    • García Caro, Pedro. "After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon." Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea vol. 22, no. 71, May-Aug. 2017. 211-16.

    Conferences.

    Selected conference presentations:

    • "La ciencia ficción 'rosada' de Daína Chaviano y el cuestionamiento de la comunidad nacional-revolucionaria en la Cuba de los ochenta" [Daina Chaviano's 'Pink' Science Fiction and the Questioning of the National-Revolutionary Community in 1980s Cuba]. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Convention. May 2021.
    • "Desperately Seeking a Good Lord: On Monarchy and El ministerio del tiempo (2015-2020)." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Convention. April 2021.
    • Advenimiento de la ruina en Un incendio invisible de Sara Mesa” [The Advent of the Ruin in Sara Mesa's Un incendio invisible]. Northeastern Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention. March 2020.
    • “Between Moscow and Santa Clara: The Soviet Cuban Imaginary in Agustín de Rojas’ Espiral (1980).” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXXVI International Conference. May 2018.

    • "Masculinity, Posthumanism, and the Gothic in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In." Modern Languages Association (MLA) Annual Convention. January 2018.

    • "Posthumanismo fascista en La nave (1959) de Tomás Salvador." Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). October 2017.
    • "Leaving the Café Behind: Avant-Garde Cultural Politics in Arqueles Vela's 'El Café de Nadie.'" Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Annual Meeting. November 2016.
    • "Beyond Benjamin: Cult Mechanically Reproducible Images in Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." "Science and Culture in Theory and History: Latin America, France, and the Anglophone World." Conference organized by Oxford University and Cambridge University. July 2016.
    • "Astral Cities?: Science Fiction Futures in Contemporary Brazilian Film." Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXXIV International Conference. May 2016.
    • "Science Fiction, Globalization, and the Ethics of Memory in César Aira's The Literary Conference." "Science Fiction from Latin America: The (Re)Invention of a Genre." Conference organized by Oxford University and Cambridge University. September 2015.
    • "Del agotamiento de la imaginación política, o el cine español reciente de ciencia ficción: Los cronocrímenes y Eva." Congreso internacional de Historia, Arte y Literatura en el Cine Español y Portugués (CIHALCEP). Universidad de Salamanca. July 2015.
    • "Game of the Worlds and the Dispossessed: On César Aira's Science Fiction." Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXXIII International Conference. May 2015.
    • "'Un latido anormal': Memoria, modernidad y ciencia ficción en Una meditación de Juan Benet." Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL). October 2014.
    • "Interview at the Border: Migration as Compulsion in Roberto Bolaño's 2666.""Mobility and Exchange in Latin America, Past and Present." Johns Hopkins University. April 2014.    
    • "'Era parriano en la ingenuidad': Nicanor Parra en el canon anti-nostálgico de Roberto Bolaño." Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA). April 2014.
    • "'How Do You Describe a City?': Spectral Luchadores, Robot Apocalypse, and Esoteric Mexico City in Rodrigo Fresán's 'Mantra." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Convention. March 2014.
    • "Primeras armas: La práctica de la memoria en Kalpa Imperial de Angélica Gorodischer." XXIII Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femeninas Hispáncias (AILCFH). October 2013.
    • "Ekphrasis and the Apocalypse in 1990s Mexican Cyberpunk." XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). May 2013.
    • "Latin American Ghosts in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: On Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." 2013 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention. April 2013.
    • "From Cult to Exhibition: The Mechanically Reproducible Image in Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." 2013 Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. March 2013.
    • "Left-Wing Peronism, the Loss of Utopia, and the Failure of Alternative Histories in Manuel Puig’s Pubis Angelical." Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXX Convention. May 2012.
    • "Images of European Collapse in Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2012 Convention. March 2012.
    • "'La partida transcurrió como entre brumas': Juego, guerra y escritura en El Tercer Reich de Roberto Bolaño.” Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL). October 2010.
    • "2010, ruptura y renovación de la Conquista en La destrucción de todas las cosas de Hugo Hiriart.” XVI Mexican Conference. University of California at Irvine. April 2010.

    Panels organized or coorganized.

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    • "Head and Tails of the Monarch: Representing Kings and Queens in Iberian Cultures, 1975-2020." Three-panel seminar with a total of 11 participants. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting. Coorganizer. April 2021.
    • "Retrato de la ruina: On Ruins, Ruination, and Bankruptcy in Modern and Contemporary Spain." Two roundtables with a total of 12 participants. Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA). March 2020.
    • "Fabulous Leviathan: Visions of New York City in Peninsular Cultures, 1875-1975." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Convention. Coorganizer. March 2019.
    • "Materialities and the Cultures of Death in Spain." Modern Languages Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Coorganizer. January 2018.
    • "New Cartographies of Death in Spanish Culture." Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). Coorganizer. October 2017.
    • "The Aesthetics of Latin American Science Fiction 1: Constructing Visual and Digital Futures." Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXXIV International Conference. May 2016.
    • "Colonialism and Latin American Science Fiction." Latin American Studies Association (LASA) XXXIII International Conference. May 2015.
    • "The War Is Not Over Yet: Continuities and Resistance in the Permanent Conflict of Postwar Spain."  Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL). October 2014.    
    • "Capitals, Modernity and the Sacred in Latin American and Iberian Cultures." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2014 Convention. Coorganizer. March 2014.
    • "Avatares femeninos de la escritura histórica." XXIII Annual Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). October 2013.
    • "Politics, Decline, and the Apocalypse in Iberian and Latin American Cultures." 2013 Norteastern Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Convention. March 2013.
    • "Avatars of Apocalypse in Latin American and Iberian Cultures." 2012 Northeastern Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Convention. March 2012.

    Invited Talks.

    • "The Faces of Disappearance: Imagining Human Extinction in Contemporary Mexican Science Fiction." Catholic University of America. November 13, 2019.
    • "Strange Sovereignties: Imagining Political Communities in Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican Science Fiction, 1976-2016." SUNY-Albay. April 18, 2018.