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.

    • "Between Moscow and Santa Clara: The Soviet Cuban Imaginary in Agustín de Rojas' Espiral (1980)." To be included in Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East. Edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche. (In progress).
    • "'Let Me Enter the Heaven of Her Consciousness': Cosmopolitan Ghosts in Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel." Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana 47.1 (May 2017): 110-122. 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.
    • "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.
    • "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.
    • "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.
    • "Introduction." With Daniel García-Donoso.The Sacred and Modernity in Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. xiii-xxvii.
    • "'¿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

    Panels organized:

    • "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.

    Selected conference presentations:

    • "Agustín de Rojas’ and Yoss’ Science Fiction and the Past and Present of the Cuban Revolution." 11th Cuban Research Institute Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Florida International University. February 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 Ghost 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 Peeronism, 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.