I work in the fields of U.S. Latino literature and culture, hemispheric American and borderlands literature and culture, the baroque/neobaroque/New World baroque, and critical theory. I also teach courses on 20th- and 21st-century American literature. My work has been published in American Literature, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, CR: The New Centennial Review, MLQ, Modernism/modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, and PMLA.
My new book, New Ecological Realisms: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory (forthcoming, Edinburgh UP), advocates for a new contextual realism of complex and embedded wholes, actor-networks, and ecologies. It brings together four groups of theories/theorists that have never been considered together before: Bruno Latour, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, Markus Gabriel, Jean-Luc Marion and Alphonso Lingis. Pairing philosophy with literature, it proposes that post-apocalyptic literature (by Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, Octavia Butler, and Cormac McCarthy) also embeds a new systems vision of the real, which it enacts in the narrative mode of apocalyptic endism.
Baroque New Worlds: Representation, Transculturation, Counterconquest (co-edited with Lois Parkinson Zamora, Duke UP 2010), traces the changing nature of baroque representation in Europe and the Americas across four centuries, from its 17th-century origins as a Counter-Reformation and monarchical aesthetic and ideology to its contemporary function as a postcolonial ideology aimed at disrupting entrenched power structures and perceptual categories.
Neobaroque in the Americas: Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film (Virginia UP 2012), is a comparative, hemispheric American study of the neobaroque in modern and postmodern North American, Latin American, and U.S. Latino literature, film, visual arts, and theory. Reflecting on the rich, non-linear transhistorical and transcultural genealogy of baroque expression, Neobaroque in the Americas envisions the baroque as an anti-proprietary expression that brings together seemingly disparate writers and artists: U.S. modernists T.S. Eliot and Djuna Barnes, contemporary anti-dictatorship literature and film from Chile and Argentina by Diamela Eltit, José Donoso, Raúl Ruiz and María Luisa Bemberg, popular baroques in U.S. Latino/a visual culture and art, as well as the work of Amalia Mesa-Bains, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Luis Gispert.