Victor Figueroa

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).

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Caribbean Studies; Latin American Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Environmental Criticism

Research

PUBLICATIONS

A. 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. 

C.   Journal Articles (Peer reviewed):

  1. “Colonial Commodity or Numinous Realm: The Representation of Nature in the Poetry of Luis Palés Matos” Hispanic Review. (forthcoming).
  1. “De “ciudades hundidas” a la “ciudad ilegal”: presencia y transformación de la poesía de Luis Palés Matos en Boat People de Mayra Santos Febres.” Hispanófila (Vol. 173: December 2015): pp. 395-416.
  1. “Drogas y marginalidad en Cualquier miércoles soy tuya de Mayra Santos Febres.” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos. (Vol. 38, No. 3: Spring 2015): pp.443-466.
  1. "Disseminating “El Chivo”: Junot Díaz's Response to Mario Vargas Llosa in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. (Vol. 42, No.1: Fall 2013): pp. 95-108.
  1. "Between Louverture and Christophe: Aimé Césaire on the Haitian Revolution." The French Review (Vol. 82, No. 5: April 2009): pp. 1006-1021.
  1. "Colonial Grammar: Pronominal Ambivalence in Pedro Mir’s Contracanto a Walt Whitman.” CARIBE, Revista de cultura y literatura. (Vol. 10, No. 2: Winter 2007-08): pp. 47-62.
  1. "Between Africa and Puerto Rico: Haiti and Lyric Self-Fashioning in the Poetry of Luis Palés Matos."  Latin American Literary Review (Vol. 35, No. 70: July-December 2007): pp. 74-87.
  1. "“Encomium of Helen”: Derek Walcott’s “(un)ethical twist” in Omeros." Twentieth Century Literature (Vol. 53, No. 1: Spring 2007): pp. 23-39.
  1. “A Kingdom of Black Jacobins: Alejo Carpentier and C.L.R. James on the Haitian Revolution.” Afro-Hispanic Review (Vol. 25, No. 2: Fall 2006): pp. 55-71.
  1. "Martí's Infanticides: Ismaelillo between the Pen and the Sword." Latin American Literary Review (Vol. XXXII, No. 63: January-June 2004): pp. 40-56.
  1. "Strategic Homelands: The Performance of Puerto Ricanness in Pedro Pietri's Puerto Rican Obituary." SECOLAS Annals: Journal of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (Vol. XXV; Nov. 2003): pp. 72-81.

D. Book Chapters

  1. “Ante el espejo de la historia: Toussaint Louverture de Aimé Césaire.” Toussaint Louverture: Rethinking an Icon/Repensando un Icono. Ed. Mariana Past & Natalie M. Léger. (Santiago de Cuba: Casa del Caribe, 2015).
  1. "In Search of the Absent Revolution: Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá's Novels of Invented History." In Redifining Latin American Historical Fiction. Edited by Helene Weldt-Basson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  1. "Discordant Differences: Strategic Puerto Ricanness in Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary." In Writing Of(f) the Hyphen: Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Edited by Jose L. Torres-Padilla and Carmen Haydée Rivera (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008).

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Harvard University Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, November 2000. M.A. received in June 1996. University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras B.A. magna cum laude in Comparative Literature, 1992.

Awards and Grants

  • Wayne State University

    Winter 2016                WSU Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award for the book Prophetic Visions of the Past.

    2011-2012                   Career Development Chair

    2009                            Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2009

    2008                            University Research Grant

    2006                            Humanities Center Research Grant

    2005                            College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinction in Teaching Award

    2003                            University Research Grant 

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.

Currently Teaching

  • WINTER 2017

    Spanish 5300--Advanced Grammar

    Spanish 6620--Spanish American Poetry in the 20th Century

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