Juan Carlos González Espitia
He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from Cornell University and B.A.in 1995 from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His book, On the Dark Side of the Archive: Nation and Literature in Late Nineteenth-Century Hispanic America, to be published by Bucknell University Press, examines nineteenth-century nation building through narratives that are not part of the romantic or realist traditions, especially those associated with the critique of traditional ideals often portrayed in decadentism and modernismo. The study focuses on the “non-canonical” works of turn-of-the-century authors like José María Vargas Vila, Horacio Quiroga, Clemente Palma, and José Martí, and concludes with a study that compares the literary portrayal of doomed societies in the nineteenth-century with the work of contemporary authors like Fernando Vallejo. His principal areas of research include nineteenth-century Spanish-American literature, contemporary Spanish-American literature, and discourses of crime and sickness in the nineteenth century literary theory.