Antonio Cordoba

Assistant Professor

Modern Languages & Literatures

I am interested in modern and contemporary Latin American literature, film, and culture, and in Spanish-speaking science fiction (literature, film, TV, comic books). I am currently working on a book manuscript on how modern and contemporary Latin American science fiction reimagines the concept of sovereignty.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Latin American Literature. Harvard University.
  • M.A. in Latin American Literature. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • B.A. in English Literature. University of Sevilla.

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 203: Writing Spanish
  • SPAN 303: Spanish Culture Through Film
  • SPAN 316: Aspects of Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 341: Spanish American Civilization
  • SPAN 420: Spanish Seminar
  • SPAN 424: The Modern Novel in Spain and Spanish America
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications

    Books and Edited Volumes.

    Articles and Book Chapters.

    • "Aliens, Mutants, Cyborgs, Digital Selves: Avatars of the Posthuman in Latin American Culture." To be included in Companion to Latin Science Fiction/ Manual Introductorio a la Ciencia Ficción Latinoamericana. Edited by Silvia Kurlat Ares and Ezequiel de Rosso. (In progress).
    • "Spanish Science Fiction Film in Times of Emergency." European Film and Television: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis. Edited by Betty Kaklamanidou and Ana Corbalán. New York: Routledge, 2018. Forthcoming.
    • "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. Forthcoming.
    • "(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. Forthcoming fall 2017.
    • "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. Forthcoming. Link.
    • "Precarious Life in the High Rise: Neoliberal Urban Interiors in Rec (2007) and Mientras duermes (2011).” In 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. Forthcoming. 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. 47, no. 1, May 2017, pp. 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 Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. 119-137. Link.
    • "Introduction." With Daniel García-Donoso.The Sacred and Modernity in Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. 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.

    Conferences

    Selected conference presentations:

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

    • "Posthumanismo fascista en La nave (1959) de Tomás Salvador." Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). October 2017. (Paper accepted).
    • "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 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 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. 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 2014 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. May 2013.
    • "Latin American Ghosts in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: On Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." 2013 American Comparative Literature Association Convention. April 2013.
    • "From Cult to Exhibition: The Mechanically Reproducible Image in Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." 2013 Northeastern Modern Language Association 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 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 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. 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:

    • "Materialities and the Cultures of Death in Spain." Modern Languages Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Coorganizer. January 2018. (Panel accepted).
    • "New Cartographies of Death in Spanish Culture." Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literatures. Coorganizer. October 2017. (Panel accepted).
    • "The Aesthetics of Latin American Science Fiction 1: Constructing Visual and Digital Futures." Latin American Studies Association XXXIV International Conference. May 2016.
    • "Colonialism and Latin American Science Fiction." Latin American Studies Association 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. 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 NeMLA Convention. March 2012.