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 (June 2022).

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 340: Spanish Civilization
  • SPAN 341: Spanish American Civilization
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications.

    Monograph.

    • ¿Extranjero en tierra extraña? El género de la ciencia ficción en América Latina. [Stranger in a Strange Land: The Science Fiction Genre in Latin America]. Sevilla: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla, 2011. Link.

    Edited volumes and special issues.

    • Posthumanism and in Latin(x) American Science Fiction. Edited by Antonio Córdoba and Emily A. Maguire. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Link. Forthcoming. Essays by Ana Ugarte, Miguel García, Stephen C. Tobin, Maia Gil’Adi, Jonathan Risner, Samuel Ginsburg, Liliana Colanzi, M. Elizabeth Ginway, William Orchard, and Antonio Córdoba. Afteword by Silvia Kurlat Ares.
    • Rite, Flesh, and Stone: The Matter of Death in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Edited by Antonio Córdoba and Daniel García-Donoso. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2021. 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. Read the Introduction on Google Books.
    • The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Essays 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.

    Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters.

    • “'A Mutant Faith': Science Fiction, Posthumanism, and Queer Futurity in Arca’s KiCK Album Pentalogy." Posthumanism and Latin(x) American Science Fiction. Edited by Antonio Córdoba and Emily A. Maguire. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Forthcoming. Link.
    • "Introduction: Posthumanism and Latin(x) American Science Fiction." With Emily A. Maguire. Posthumanism and Latin(x) American Science Fiction. Edited by Antonio Córdoba and Emily A. Maguire. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Forthcoming. Link.
    • "Introduction: Materiality, Culture, and Death in Spain, 1959-2020." With Daniel García Donoso. Rite, Flesh, and Stone: The Matter of Death in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2021. 9-40. Link. Text available on Google Books.
    • “Alienígenas, mutantes, ciborgs, sujetos digitales: avatares de lo posthumano en la ciencia ficción latinoamericana.” La ciencia ficción en América Latina: Crítica, teoría, historia. Edited by Silvia G. Kurlat Ares y Ezequiel de Roso. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2021. 251-262. 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. 249-259 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." Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures. Edited by 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:

    • ""Eerie Capitalism in Ana Galvñ's Speculative Graphic Fiction." El Taller Summer Institute, New York University. June 2022.
    • "'No se acerque... Estoy contaminado': Contagio, colectividad y ciencia ficción en Embalse de César Aira." ['Don't come any closer... I'm contaminated': Contagion, Collectivity, and Science Fiction in César Aira's Embalse]. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Convention. May 2022.
    • "Disappearance, Silence, and Post-Anthropocentric Mexico City in Diego Velázquez Betancourt's La noche que asolaron Tokio." XXVI Congreso Anual de Mexicanistas Juan-Bruce Novoa [26th Juan-Bruce Novoa Annual Conference of Mexicanist Studies]. University of California at Irvine. April 2022.
    • 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 and seminars organized or coorganized.

    • "Envisioning Memory: The Work of Remembrance in Iberian Cultures." Roundtable with five participants. Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA). March 2022.
    • "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.