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"I am a literary scholar who specializes in modern Latin American literature (from 1810 onwards). My primary areas of coverage include the Southern Cone, Colombia, and Cuba. I happen to be a Colombian national—I've been working on the subject matter of this course, in a sense, my whole life. After teaching for a number of years at a high school in Bogotá, I embarked on a Ph.D. in Latin American literature at Cornell. The rather harsh upstate New York winter was a sobering experience for someone from the tropics, yet it also allowed me to understand that the slow 'rainfall of yellow flowers' in García Márquez is actually modeled on seeing a snowfall.
"I enjoy teaching and researching at Stanford, where I have held a professorship since 2008. My current work deals with the representation of nature-culture (one word) in contemporary fiction from Guatemala, Bolivia, and Argentina, among other locales. I have a strong connection with Chile, Roberto Bolaño's country of origin, as well as with his experience of living abroad. I have taught at the Stanford overseas campuses of Santiago, Berlin, and Kyoto."
Héctor Hoyos is an Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, and degrees in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Hoyos’s research areas include visual culture and critical theory, as well as comparative and philosophical approaches to literature. His teaching covers various periods and subregions, with an emphasis on contemporary fiction and literary theory. His book, Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel (Columbia UP, 2015), is the first monographic, theoretical study of Latin American novelistic representations of globalization of its kind. He edited the special journal issues "Theories of the Contemporary in South America" for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (with Marília Librandi-Rocha, 2014) and “La cultura material en las literaturas y cultura iberoamericanas de hoy” for Cuadernos de literatura (2016).His current manuscript, Things with a History: Transcultural Materialism in Latin America develops the concept of transculturation as a way of integrating new and historical strands of materialism in the study of narrative. The study focuses on post-1989 authors who rethink materiality, such as the Cuban José Antonio Ponte, the Chilean Alejandro Zambra, and the Bolivian Blanca Wiethüchter. Hoyos received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship in connection with this project. Articles by Hoyos have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Third Text, Chasqui, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, and Revista Iberoamericana, among others.