Hernán Manuel  García

Hernán Manuel García

Associate Professor of Spanish

hgarcia@wayne.edu

 Manoogian Hall 319

Hernán Manuel García

Department

CMLLC

Hernán Manuel García earned his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas in 2011. At WSU he is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of CMLLC where he teaches courses in contemporary Mexican literary, film and cultural studies. Before joining the faculty at WSU he was Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Dr. García’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Mexican literary, film and cultural studies.

Research

Dr. García's first book, La globalización desfigurada o la postglobalización imaginada: La estética hacker en el cyberpunk mexicano (Ediciones Eón, 2019), proposes an imaginative representation of globalization though Science Fiction in order to revisit the study of globalization. Although the study of globalization may seem to be over explored, the book highlights that contemporary Science Fiction offers an innovative approach to study globalization through imaginative and speculative representations of its effects. With this in mind, he offers an analysis of global networks, cyberspace, and digital technologies from the peripheral gaze of Mexican agents on the verge of becoming low-tech cyborgs as they experience the information highway. Dr. García's second book project tentatively entitled, Dysfunctional Mexican Low-Tech Cyborgs: Illness and Disability in the Periphery of the Information Highway will propose the analysis of the Mexican cyborg character from the lenses of Disability Studies. This idea emerged directly from his further interest and readings in Latin American Science Fiction literature and criticism, and by noticing that all of the cyborg characters in his first book experienced a mental illness (depression, anxiety, nostalgia) or a physical disability (visual impairment, amputations, chronic illness). In this book Dr.García will pointout that illnesses and disabilities in low-tech cyborgs metaphorically represent the use of outdated and counterfeited technology in underdeveloped societies. The book will analyze how marginal individuals operating second-hand hardware, and using obsolete software, embody an ill and disabled agent during the information age. This will allow Dr. García to articulate and explore issues like “technology gap” and “digital divide” as a sort of disability that illustrates current social and cultural inequalities related to the access to digital technologies in countries like Mexico.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D. University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas. August, 2011.
  • M.A. San Diego State University, San Diego, California. December 2001.
  • B.A. San Diego Sate University. San Diego, California. December 1998.

Awards and Grants

  •  Dr. García is a 2016-2017 WSU Humanities Center Faculty Fellow.

Selected Publications

La globalización desfigurada o la post-globalización imaginada: Hacker en la estética cyberpunk (post)mexicana. México: Ediciones Eón, 2019 (Forhtcoming).

“Texto y contexto del cyberpunk mexicano en la década del noventa”. Alambique: Revista Académica de Ciencia Ficción y Fantasía. 5.2 (2018): Article 5. 

“Hacia una poética de la tecnología periférica: Post-cyberpunk y picaresca 2.0 en Sleep dealer de Alex Rivera”. Revista Iberoamericana LXXXIII. 259-260 (Abril-Septiembre 2017): 327-344.

“Carne eres y en máquina te convertirás: El cuerpo post-humano en La primera calle de la soledad de Gerardo H. Porcayo”. Polifonía Scholarly Journal. 4.1 (2014): 4-24.

“Tecnociencia y cibercultura en México: Hackers en el cuento cyberpunk mexicano.” Revista Iberoamericana LXXVIII.238-239 (Enero-Junio 2012): 329-348.

 

Currently Teaching

  • Fall 2018
    SPA 3050: Spanish for the Health Care Professions.
    SPA 4640: Intro to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature.

    Winter 2019
    On Sabbatical Leave

     

Courses taught

SPA 2025: Cultural Connections, Grammar and Composition I
SPA 3050: Spanish for the Health Care Professions.
SPA 3200: Spanish Conversation
SPA 3300: Readings in Hispanic Literature and Culture.
SPA 4640: Intro to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature.
SPA 5300: Advanced Grammar and Stylistics.
SPA 5560: Spanish-American Culture and their Traditions.
SPA 5570: Advanced Spanish Conversation Through Film.
SPA 6690: Novel and Cinema of the Mexican Revolution.
SPA 8610: Modernism and Off-Modernism as Fin de Siècle Narratives.
SPA 8610: La Nueva Novela Histórica Latinoamericana.
SPA 8610: Posthumanism and Disability in Recent Latin American Narrative.