Walfrido Dorta

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Education

M.A. Univ of Santiago, Compostela (2010)
Ph.D. City University of New York (2016)

Areas of Expertise

  • Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
  • Latin American and Caribbean Cinema
  • Latino Studies
  • Visual and Media Studies
  • Critical Theory

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

RLSP 105(F)

Advanced Spanish Grammar and Conversation

RLSP 235 / COMP 234(F)

A Survey of Hispanic Cinema from 1960 to 2010: Politics, Gender, and Memory

RLSP 403 / COMP 405(S)

Exemplary Monsters: Cannibals, Zombies, Ghosts and Vampires in Latin American Literature

Scholarship/Creative Work

Edited Dossiers

“Inscripciones actuales de un mundo por venir: nuevos escenarios en literatura y arte cubanos recientes” [“Current Inscriptions of a World to Come: New Scenarios in Recent Cuban Literature and Art”]. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 51.2 (2017).

“Monográfico Literatura cubana contemporánea” [“Dossier on Contemporary Cuban Literature”]. Revista Letral 18 (2017). Web.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Narrativas de la Generación Cero: escenas de traducción, cosmopolitismo y extrañamiento” [“Generation Zero’s Narratives: Scenes on Translation,
Cosmopolitanism, and Strangeness”]. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 51.2 (2017): 349-68.

“Fricciones y lecturas del archivo cultural cubensis: Diálogos entre Juan Abreu y Jorge E. Lage” [“Frictions and Readings of the Cultural Cubensis Archive: Dialogues Between Juan Abreu and Jorge E. Lage”]. Revista Letral 18 (2017): 37-55. Web.

“Políticas de la distancia y del agrupamiento. Narrativa cubana de las dos últimas dos décadas” [“Groups’ Politics. Cuban Narrative of the Last Two Decades”]. Istor. Revista de Historia Internacional 63 (2015): 115-35.

“Interrogar el vacío: ‘Deutsches Requiem’ de Borges y algunos discursos sobre la Shoah” [“Questioning Emptiness: Borges’s ‘Deutsches Requiem’ and Some Discourses on the Shoah”]. Variaciones Borges 37 (2014): 53-68.

“Los bordes del canon y la centralidad del mal: La literatura nazi en América de Roberto Bolaño” [“The Edges of the Canon and the Centrality of Evil: Roberto Bolaño’s La literatura nazi en América”]. Caracol 5 (2013): 252-64.

Book Chapters

“Negociaciones en el devocionario: Juan Ramón Jiménez y los origenistas” [“Negotiations in the Prayer Book: Juan Ramón Jiménez and the Orígenes group”]. El Atlántico como frontera. Mediaciones culturales entre España y Cuba. Ed. Damaris Puñales-Alpízar. Madrid: Verbum, 2014. 188-218.

“Discursos postnacionales, políticas de (des)autorización y terror-ismo literario: la poesía no-lírica de los escritores del grupo Diáspora(s)” [“Postnational Discourses, Politics of Authorization, and Literary Terrorism: Diáspora(s)’s Non Lyric Poetry”]. Non Lyric Discourses in Contemporary Poetry. Eds. Burghard Baltrusch and Isaac Lourido. München: M. Meidenbauer, 2012. 231-46.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Political Dynamics and Cultural Projects in Cuban Post-Revolution (1989-2015): Paideia, Diáspora(s) and Generación Cero.

Invited Talks

“The Disruptive Politics of Diáspora(s) Journal in the Special Period.” Cuba’s “Special Period:” Legacy in the Arts and Culture. The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies; The Graduate Center (CUNY). May 1, 2017.

“Scenes of Translation, Cosmopolitanism, and Strangers: an An-archaeological Reading of Cuban Narrative.” Foro Latinoamericano: The Cuban Revolution After Fidel Castro. Carleton College. April 21, 2017.

“Narrativa cubana de las dos últimas décadas: políticas de la distancia y del agrupamiento” [“Groups’ Politics: Cuban Narrative of the Last Two Decades”]. Seminario de Historia y Literatura, “Poéticas del presente: narrar a Cuba, 1956 2015.” Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), México D.F. June 16, 2015.

“‘No estamos disponibles’: volverse intraducibles para algunas lógicas (literatura cubana hoy)” [“‘We are Not Available:’ Becoming Untranslatable to Some Logic (Cuban literature today)”]. Coloquio Islas y diásporas del Caribe Hispano en el siglo XXI. Princeton University. April 11, 2014.

“Intellectual and Cultural Politics in Cuba and the Cuban Exile Community in the United States (1960-2000): Mapping Cultural Journals.” Cuban Heritage Collection, Graduate Fellows Colloquium, University of Miami. June 26, 2013.

Conference Participation

Papers presented

“Time dislocations and counter-archives: “The feats of the mambí” and Tregua fecunda.” XXXV International Congress, LASA, Lima, Perú. April 29-May 1, 2017.

“Disruptive Worlds for a Limited Narrative: Cuba – United States from the Counterfactual, Sexploitation and Intrahistory”. Eleventh Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies; Florida International University, Miami. February 23-25, 2017.

Fabricando the criticism on the artistic entrepreneurship in Cuba: Cristo Salvador Galería.” MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia. January 5-8, 2017.

“Frictions and Readings of the Cultural Cubensis Archive: Dialogues Between Juan Abreu and Jorge E. Lage”. Reading Cuba. An Interdisciplinary Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Literature; Florida International University, Miami. November 9-10, 2016.

“Variations of a Defining Relationship: Paideia, Diáspora(s), Generación Cero, and the State”. XXXIV International Congress, LASA, New York. May 27-30, 2016.

“New Scenarios for Cuban Literature: Current Inscriptions of a World to Come.” MLA Annual Convention, Austin. January 7-10, 2016.

“Politics on Opacity and the Untranslatable in the Recent Cuban Narrative”. XXXIII International Congress, LASA, San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 27-30, 2015.

“Poetic Profile of Reina María Rodríguez’s work”. VII International Conference on Transatlantic Studies; Brown University. April 21-24, 2015.

“Cuba’s Oblivion Narratives: Regarding Some Recent Cuban Writings.” New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference; Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami. March 20-21, 2014.

Diáspora(s)’s Literary Politics: Disagreement, Writing, and Totalitarianism”. Ninth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies; Florida International University, Miami. May 23-25, 2013.

 

 

 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

New Challenge Award for Student Social Innovation. Project “Material Socialism,” The New School, 2014.

Travel Grant, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 2014.

Pre-Prospectus Fellowship, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami, 2013.

Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center (CUNY), 2013.

Enhanced Chancelor’s Fellowship (ECF), The Graduate Center (CUNY), 2011-2016.

 

Professional Affiliations

Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Modern Language Association (MLA)