Victor Figueroa

Faculty Profile

Professor
an7664@wayne.edu

Department

Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Phone

313-577-3002

Fax

313-577-6243

Office

Manoogian 459

Biography

Víctor Figueroa was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After completing his B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. In addition to journal articles, he is the author of three poetry collections, El regicida y su sombra (Terranova Editores, 2011) and Devenir de los arcanos (Casa de los Poetas, 2013), and Alquimia del desasosiego (Casa de los Poetas, 2016); and two critical books on Caribbean literature: Not at Home in One’s Home: Caribbean Self-Fashioning in the Poetry of Luis Palés Matos, Aimé Césaire, and Derek Walcott (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009), and Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution (Ohio State University Press, 2015).

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books Published:

  1. Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2015.
  1. Not at Home in One’s Home: Caribbean Self-Fashioning in the Poetry of Luis Palés Matos, Aimé Césaire, and Derek Walcott. Cranbury, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2009.

Poetry:

  1. Alquimia del desasosiego. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Casa de los Poetas, 2016.
  2. Devenir de los arcanos. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Casa de los Poetas, 2013.
  3. El regicida y su sombra. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Terranova Editores, 2011.

Courses taught

1. Undergraduate:                       

                                    SPA 3200: Spanish Conversation

                                    SPA 4620: Survey of Spanish American Lit. I

                                    SPA 4640: Survey of Spanish American Lit. II

 2. Undergraduate and Graduate:

                                    SPA 5100: Advanced Composition

                                    SPA 5300: Advanced Grammar and Composition

                                    SPA 6620: Facing the Other: Difference and Negotiation in Latin American Fiction.

                                    SPA 6690: History and Literature in the Hispanic Caribbean

                                    SPA 5560: Latin American Cultures and their Traditions

                                    SPA 6630: 20th Century Spanish American Poetry

                                    SPA 6670: Spanish American novel until 1900

3. Graduate:

                                    SPA. 7770: Postcolonial theories, Latin American Perspectives

                                    SPA 8610: Graduate Seminar in Latin American Literature

Research Description

My research focuses on Caribbean and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Poetry, Latino Studies, Postcolonial and Decolonial thought and theory. My first book studied the poetry of Aime Cesaire, Derek Walcott, and Luis Pales Matos; I have recently competed a second book on the impact of the Haitian Revolution on Caribbean Literature (in Spanish, English, and French).

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