The Postcolonial Condition:

 Eurocentric Discourse in Latin America

(in progress) 

 Literary representations of postcoloniality in Latin America revolves around the question whether the area may or may not be considered as a postcolonial space. My inquiry is focused on Latin American representations of racial métissage, cultural hybridity and transculturation situated in a postcolonial framework. I am keenly aware of the danger of the homogenizing gesture of a culturally, racially and historically diverse area.  Read more....


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Global Academe:

Engaging Public Intellectual Discourse

Co-edited with Karyn Hollis

Palgrave MacMillan  (2012)         TABLE OF CONTENTS

Following the line of inquiry advanced in Truth to Power, this volume addresses the representation of the economic, political and cultural interrelations between agents involved in the process of intellectual activity, a distinct transformation in intellectual production and the changing role of academics themselves.

“Taking an international view and offering a range of perspectives, Global Academe is a refreshing and exciting answer to claims that public intellectuals are absent from society. Confrontational and provocative, the essays in this volume argue that intellectuals still wield the power of public debate. This book proves that public intellectuals are alive and kicking and that many of them are to be found in institutions of higher learning.”

Sophia McClennen, author of America according to Colbert.

Review: The Blogora, The Rhetoric Society of America

Perennial Empire

Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives

Co-edited with Chantal Zabus

Cambria Press (2011)

TABLE OF CONTENTS          Preface          Presentation

"Perennial Empires represents an important entry into the discussion surrounding our continuing engagement with the powerful ‘earthly empires’ that shape our world." Transnational Literature

"The book acknowledges the emergence of new theoretical models of imperialism and empire, but it sets them firmly within the longer history of the analysis of the post colonial. [...] Claiming modestly to be only a supplement to these issues, this book in fact provides a convincing model for rethinking the relationship between past and present theories of the exercise of world power from the age of classic imperialism to the era of Bush and Obama.”

 Gareth Griffiths, coauthor of The Empire Writes Back

and The Post-Colonial Studies Reader



Review: Transnational Literature 4.2 May 2012


Truth to Power:
Public Intellectuals In and Out of Academe

Co-edited with Karyn Hollis

Cambridge Scholars Publishing  (2010)      TABLE OF CONTENTS

The function of public intellectuals in producing and disseminating knowledge is scrutinized in this volume with a preface by Henry A. Giroux and an introduction by the editors is dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn, an exemplary public intellectual.

Review: The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America

Colonization or Globalization?
Postcolonial Explorations of Imperial Expansion

Co-edited with Chantal Zabus

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, Inc (2009)


"This is an excellent and timely intervention into the dialogue between postcolonialism and globalization studies, emphasizing as it does the utility and adaptability of postcolonial concepts to a rapidly changing world. This collection demonstrates with admirable clarity the ways in which the imperial enterprise has developed globally and shows how valuable postcolonial analyses have become.”

Bill Ashcroft, co-author of  The Empire Writes Back   

 and The Post-Colonial Studies Reader



Letras Femeninas

Moros en la costa: Orientalismo en Latinoamérica

Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2008    Table of contents

A collection of articles that explore the manifestations of orientalism based on Edward Said's theories in the Latin American literary and cultural production with an article-length introduction by the editor. Contributors: Hernán Taboada, Jorge Barrueto, Isabel de Sena, Marilyn Miller, Jorge Chen Sham, Éva Bánki, Csilla Ladányi-Túróczy, Delma Wood, Gladys Ilarregui, Patricia Vilches, Georgina Wittingham.

Selected articles were published in the Palimpszeszt Review.

Paradoxical Citizenship: Edward Said

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, Inc.

2006, paperback: 2008           Table of Contents

This volume contains a collection of critical evaluations of Edward Said's oeuvre by leading scholars in the field with a foreword by Gareth Griffiths and an introduction by the editor. Contributors: Gareth Griffiths, Valérie Orlando, Laura Rice, Karim Hamdy, Ella Shohat, John Ochoa, Ranjan Ghosh, Kiyoko Magome, Matthew Abraham, Rasha Ramzy, Sura  Rath, Steven Barfield, Hernán Taboada, Lidan Lin, Tamara Silvia Wagner, Sarah Fulford, Robert Ficociello, Gilbert Doho, Nabil Boudraa, John Hawley, Yifen Beus, Salah  Hassan.

"Clearly, this is the most comprehensive analysis of Edward Said's work yet compiled, a collection that will open up the full range of Said's impact on the humanities. The book combines a range of investigation with new insights into his work."                                                                                    Bill Ashcroft



          Gulf Research Center    Encyclopedia Britannica   

Democracy in Chile: The Legacy of September 11, 1973

Co-edited with Fernando Leiva.      

 London: Sussex Academic Press, 2005     

Table of Contents

 "This volume gives an overall view of Chile today and it offers the reader an instructive glimpse into what the future might hold for the country"

Marjorie Agosín

Contributors: Peter Kornbluh, Steven Volk, Kevin Foster, Volker Frank, Diane Haughney, Patricia Tomic, Ricardo Trumper, Mark Ensalaco, Ornella Lepri Mazzuca, Camilo Trumper, Gregory J Lobo, Julia Carroll, Amy Oliver,  Jeffrey Middents, Kristin Sorensen, Andrea Bachner, Fabiola Letelier.

Arthur P. Whitaker Prize for best book in Latin American Studies


Contracorriente 3, 3 (2006) 96-106

European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 81 (2006) 127-128

The Americas, 64 (2007) 120-121

Reference and Research, 21,1 February (2006) 94

Choice, 43, 9 (May 2006)

Bulletin of Latin American Research, 26, 3 (2007) 419-420

Arte de vivir: Aproximaciones críticas a la obra poética de Pedro Lastra

Co-edited with Luis Correa-Díaz.   

RIL/La Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, 2006    

Table of Contents

Contributions by literary critics specializing in poetry, and by poets, such as Gonzalo Rojas, Carlos Germán Belli, Enrique Lihn and Óscar Hahn among others about Pedro Lastra's poetic oeuvre, with an article-length introduction by the editors.

Selected to be part of the

"Memorias de Chile" series of the Biblioteca Nacional.



La Nacion (Chile) March 28, 2007

El Mercurio de Valparaiso (Chile) May 11, 2007

Mapocho: Revista de Humanidades (Chile) December 2007

Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana XXXIV, 67. Lima-Hanover, 2008

Blog: Príncipe de la torre abolida


Le Maghreb Postcolonial

Special Issue of the Celaan Review 2003

Critical contributions of critics, such as Eric Sellin, Allison Rice, Isabel Larrivée, Annie Devergnas-Dieumegard, Laura K. Reeck, Pamela A. Pears, Ernstpeter Ruhe, Mohamed Salah-Zeliche, Lotfi Sayahi, Mounira Chatti, and Deirdre Bucher Heistad about the postcoloniality of the Maghreb with an introduction by the editor.

Identidades en transformación:
El discurso neoindigenista de los países andinos

Quito: Abya Yala, 1997

Neoindigenismo: the term covers the narrative strategies of representation of the Indigenous subject. Textual and theoretical scrutiny neoindigenismo by leading critics  y with an article-length introduction by the editor.

.     Review: Hispania. 83, 2 (2000): 248-249.

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De texto a contexto:
Prácticas discursivas en la literatura española e hispanoamericana

Barcelona: Puvill, 1998


Thirteen articles grouped in four sections that reflect the diversity of discursive practices in the Hispanic world. The articles display a variety of critical tools and theoretical approaches.

Paralelismos transatlánticos:
Postcolonialismo y narrativa femenina en América Latina y Africa del Norte

Providence, RI: Ediciones INTI, 1996


Analyzing narrative texts written by Latin American and North African authors offering a theoretical approach to the literary production in both areas in a parallel examination of the feminine and postcolonial condition.

Foreword by Alicia Partnoy

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Revista Chilena de Literatura 51 (1998): 142-143.

The Comparatist  23 (1999) 192-193.

Latino Research Review (2000): 60-61.

Inti: Revista de Literatura Latinoaméricana 48-49 (2000): 63-366.

Cuadernos Americanos XIV, 82, 4 (2000): 249-252.

Mapocho: Revista de Literatura 27 (2000): 427-430.

Literatura y Lingüística 13 (2001): 441-442.


Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana XIX 37 (1993): 370-372.

South Eastern Latinamericanist 34 (1991): 34.  

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Historia de la canción folklórica en los Andes
New York: Peter Lang, 1989


A study of Andean (Peruvian, Bolivian and Ecuadorian) folksongs as poetic texts establishing the criteria for the Incan poetic tradition which survives today. Includes an anthology of Andean folksongs, many them come from the author's own collection.


The Question of Agency:

Representations of the Postcolonial Female Subject.
(Book-length project)

Cultural theories have focused on the extent to which representation and language are crucial to identity and the construction of subjectivity. My aim is to examine how postcolonial and feminist postulates (those of Bhabha, Spivak, Loomba, Mohanty, Suleri, among others) may be applied to the  writing by women. I argue that these authors represent in their work, Trinh Minh-ha's "triple bind", indicative of the condition of the postcolonial female subjects, that ultimately determines the position from which they write.

Painting by

Raquel Partnoy

Updated 2018