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Pedro Garcia-Caro

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  • Title: Director, Latin American Studies Program
  • Additional Title: Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Phone: 541-346-5813
  • Office: 407 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12 or by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department, Latin American Studies, Translation Studies
  • Interests: Nationalism, Postmodernity, Postcolonial Studies, Environmental Studies, US Hispanic Literatures, Mexican Literature, Border Literature, Comparative American Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Satire, Drama, Translation
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  • Curriculum Vitae



Licenciatura en filosofía y letras (Filología Moderna) 1995, Universidad de Murcia

Research and teaching interests

My research focuses on the relations between nationalist narratives and the discourses of progress and modernity as seen by intellectuals and writers in Latin America, the US, and Spain. Discussions of Hispanidad, Mexicanidad, and Americanness are an important part of my syllabi and scholarly production. Currently I am working on a book manuscript on literature and mining in the Americas. I have also published articles on the ways in which Spanish writers portrayed Latin America, and Latin American nationalisms, after independence (from the early 19th Century to the 1930s). My critical edition of the first Spanish play performed in colonial California Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío comes out Fall 2016 in Arte Público Press (Houston).

Sample Courses taught at UO

  • LAS407 The Americas are (a) Mine: Natural Exploitation in the American Hemisphere. A Cultural Debate.
  • SPAN 317 Survey 19th-20th Century Peninsular Literature. SPAN319 Survey 19th-20th Century Latin American Literature.
  • SPAN328 US Hispanic Literature.
  • SPAN333 Introduction to Spanish Narrative: One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • SPAN407 Nation against People: Contemporary Chilean Literature.
  • SPAN407 La patria contra el pueblo: Nationalism and Narratives of Violence in 20th Century Latin America (from Chile to California).
  • SPAN407-507 Post-Colonial Spanish-American Relations.
  • SPAN407 A Neo-Colonial Gaze? The Americas in Spanish Literature 1808-2003.
  • SPAN407/507 Naturalisms: Literary Ecologies of the Social World.
  • RL410/510 Touring the Other Side: Literatures of the US-Mexican Border.
  • SPAN480 Carlos Fuentes and Mexican Postnationalism.
  • SPAN490/590 Social Change, the Avant-Garde and the Mexican Revolution.
  • SPAN490/590 Cultures of Narco-Traffic in Mexico, Colombia, and the US.
  • COLT407/507 Undermining Empire: Novel Nations and the Americas.
  • RL623 Colonial Skins, Independent Acts: Postcolonial Literatures of the Romance World.
  • SPAN690 (Post)Colonial Spanish Cultures: 1810-2010.

MA in Spanish

Periods 3 & 4


After the Nation

1. Books

From the book-cover: 

After the Nation is an extraordinarily rich book that encompasses more than literary criticism—the cultural history of divergent nations that cannot or should not be ignorant of each other’s culture nor of its dissident voices.”—Jean Franco, from the foreword.

“Exemplary in its inter-American scope, well-conceived and clearly written, this book offers an innovative framework to investigate a wide array of interrelated American topics—border crossing, modernity, enlightenment, postcolonalism, exceptionalism—that have shaped the works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon and, by extension, of many contemporary U.S. and Latin American writers.”—Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Michigan and author of The Censorship Files: Latin American Writers and Franco’s Spain.

After the Nation proposes a series of groundbreaking new approaches to novels, essays, and short stories by Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon within the framework of a hemispheric American Studies. García-Caro offers a pioneering comparativist approach to the contemporary American and Mexican literary canons and their underlying nationalist encodement through the study of a wide range of texts by Pynchon and Fuentes which question and historicize in different ways the processes of national definition and myth-making deployed in the drawing of literary borders. After the Nation looks at these literary narratives as postnational satires that aim to unravel and denounce the combined hegemonic processes of modernity and nationalism while they start to contemplate the ensuing postnational constellations. These are texts that playfully challenge the temporal and spatial designs of national themes while they point to and debase “holy” borders, international borders as well as the internal lines where narratives of nation are embodied and consecrated. 

Reviews of After the Nation:

- West, Ty. A Contracorriente: "Transnational Genealogies and Post-national Literary Canons." 12. 2 (2015): 455-461.

- Castañeda García, Daniel. Literatura mexicana 26.2 (2015): 139-143.

- Janzen, Rebecca. García-Caro, Pedro. "After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014." TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, 6.1 (2016). ssha_transmodernity_30933. Retrieved from:

- Castany Prado, Bernat. Revista Iberoamericana, XVI, 62 (2016): 268-70.

Delden, Maarten. "After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon by Pedro García-Caro (review)." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 50.1 (2016): 263-265.


  • Wallace Shawn, La fiebre/The Fever A Bilingual Edition/Edición bilingüe. Ed. and trans. by Pedro García-Caro in collaboration with Rafael Spregelburd (Paris: Les editions du Paquebot, 2012).

Books in progress

  • Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío by Fermín de Reygadas (1789). Critical introduction, edition, and notes. Forthcoming (Houston: Arte Público Press, 2017).

This is a neo-classical drama never published before, identified as the first play performed in the secular settlements of early California. 

  • Transatlantic Studies: Iberia, Latin America, Africa. Introduction and edition with Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, and Robert Newcomb. Forthcoming (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2018). A collective volume on methodologies and topics in Translatlantic Studies.
  •  La verdad sobre el caso José Antonio Primo de Rivera, memorias del juez instructor. Introduction and co-edition with Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel. Under review.
  • Undermining Empire: Mining Literature and the Aesthetics of Natural Determination.

2. Selection of articles, chapters in books

3. Reviews, interviews.


4. Other collaborations and publishing projects

- Interviewed on US/Mexico border for Flaunt Magazine Issue 114 (Spring 2011)

- Interviewed on La fiebre/The Fever on Puerto Rican Radio Station program 123 Probando: Part 1 and Part 2 January 2013.

Discussant Community Conversations: Día de Muertos

Curator for Photo Exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art of"David Maawad. Shining Rock / Resplandor de Roca" (April 3-29, 2012) and at the UO White Stag Building, Portland (May 3-June 9, 2012)

Editor, Les Editions du Paquebot.  Contact us directly here.   

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