José Luis Venegas

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Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Professor of Spanish & Interdisciplinary Humanities

Office: Greene Hall 540
Phone: (336) 758-4805

José Luis Venegas holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and the Department of Spanish. His teaching and research focus on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to modern and contemporary cultures and literatures in Europe and the Americas. He is the author of Decolonizing Modernism: James Joyce and the Development of Spanish American Fiction (Routledge, 2010) and Transatlantic CorrespondenceModernity, Epistolarity, and Literature, 1898-1992 (Ohio State University Press, 2014). His most recent book, which was supported by an NEH Summer Stipend, is The Sublime South: Andalusia, Orientalism, and the Making of Modern Spain (Northwestern University Press, 2018). He has also published articles in Comparative Literature Studies, MLN, Discourse, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Review, among other venues.

  • Education

    Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2007
    Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2004
    Licenciatura. Universidad de Sevilla, 2002

  • Publications

    The Sublime South: Andalusia, Orientalism, and the Making of Modern Spain (Evanston, IL.: Northwestern University Press, 2018).

    Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898-1992 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014).

    Decolonizing Modernism: James Joyce and the Development of Spanish American Fiction (New York: Routledge, 2010)

    Refereed Journal Articles (Selection)

    “Uneven Souths: The Mediterranean Dimension of Spain’s Southern Regionalism.” Comparative Literature Studies 58.3. Special Issue: New Critical Currents in Global South Studies. Edited by Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra and Anne Garland Mahler (2021): 532-556

    “Populism Without the People: The Culture Politics of the Junta de Andalucía.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 21 (2018).

    “Uncommon Sense: Dictatorship, Transition, and Dissensus in Carmen Martín Gaite’s El cuarto de atrás.”Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 35.3 (2013) [published in 2014]: 337-361.

    “The Genre of Treason: Epistolarity in Ricardo Piglia’s Respiración Artificial.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 66.1 (2013): 73-88.

    “Postal Insurgency: Letter Writing and the Limits of Mexican Nationalism in Gustavo Sainz’s Fiction.” Hispanic Review 80.2 (2012): 267-88.

    “Borges’s Aesthetic Revenge.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 19.2 (2010): 169-185.

    “Octavio Paz y la Guerra Civil española: lírica personal y visión histórica.” Letras Peninsulares 21.2-3 (2009): 527-537.

    “Unamuno, Epistolarity, and the Rhetoric of Transatlantic Hispanism.” MLN 124.2 (2009): 438-459.

    “Exile, Photography, and the Politics of Style in Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s Tres tristes tigres.” Latin American Literary Review 36.72 (2008): 107-133.

    “Writing Absence: History and Death in Borges’s ‘Tema del traidor y del héroe’.” Romance Notes 47.3 (2008): 281-289.

    “El ‘Principio de Incertidumbre’ de Heisenberg y la narración intersticial de ‘Axolotl’ de Julio Cortázar.” Hispanic Journal 28.2 (2007): 79-93.

    “Eliot, Borges, Tradition, and Irony.” Symposium 59.4 (2006): 237-255.

    Book Chapters:

    “Essays and Short Stories.” Roberto Bolaño in Context. Ed. Jonathan Beck Monroe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

    “Joyce and Latin American Literature: Minor Transnationalism and Modernist Form.” New James Joyce Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions. Ed. Catherine Flynn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. 

    “Above and Below the Nation: Bourdieu, Hispanism, and Literary History.” Pierre Bourdieu in Hispanic Literature and Culture. Ed. Ignacio Sánchez-Prado. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

    “From Granada to Havana: Federico García Lorca, Spanish Orientalism, and the Avant-Garde” Imperialism and the Wider Atlantic: Essays on the Aesthetics, Literature, and Politics of Transatlantic Cultures. Ed. Tania Gentic and Francisco LaRubia-Prado. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

    “El gusto de lo precario.” La imaginación hipotecada: Aportaciones al debate sobre la precariedad del presente. Ed. Antonio Gómez López Quiñones and Palmar Álvarez Blanco. Madrid: Libros en Acción, 2016. 219-28.

    “El sur dentro del sur: Andalucía y la persistencia del mito.” La retórica del sur: Representaciones y discursos sobre Andalucía en el periodo democrático. Ed. Antonio Gómez López Quiñones and José Manuel del Pino. Sevilla: Alfar, 2015.

    “Mexican Antimodernism: Ulysses in Gustavo Sainz’s Obsesivos días circulares.” TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmission in Ibero-American Literature. Eds. Brian Price, César A. Salgado, and John Pedro Schwartz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 211-28.

    “Poesía, revolución y exilio: notas sobre la poética transatlántica de Octavio Paz.” El exilio republicano de 1939 y la segunda generación. Eds. Manuel Aznar Soler and José Ramón López García. Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2012. 1007-1014.

    “Figuring Modernity: James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Diario de un poeta reciencasado.” Silverpowdered Olivetrees: Reading Joyce in Spain. Eds. Jefferey Simons et al. Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, 2003. 102-113.


    Review of The City of Translation: Poetry and Ideology in Nineteenth-Century Colombia, by José María Rodríguez García. Hispanófila 170 (2014): 151-54.

    Review of Nuevos Hispanismos: Para una crítica del lenguaje dominante, edited by Julio Ortega. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48.1 (2014): 243-45.

    Review of A Universal Argentine: Jorge Luis Borges and English Literature, edited by Estela Valverde. Hispanófila 165 (2012): 150-52.

    Review of Jorge Luis Borges, by Jason Wilson. Hispanófila 158 (2010): 113-14.

  • Courses Taught

    HMN 211: Dialogues with Antiquity: The West and Beyond
    HMN 212: 
    Reading the Modern World
    HMN 213:
     Studies in European Literature: Fictions of a New Old World
    HMN 214: Literatures and Cultures of the Americas
    HMN 216: Present Pasts: Prehistory, Archaeology, and the Modern Nation