Regular Faculty

Juan Poblete
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Spanish Studies
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Kresge College, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-5734 (Office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Humanities 1 530
  • Office Hours Monday: 11:30-12:30 or Wednesday 2-3pm. No appointment needed
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Latin American and Latino Studies, Cultural Studies, Nationalism, Print Media
  • Courses Taught Latin American and Latino Studies; Latin/o American Testimonio; US Latino/a Writing in Spanish, English and Spanglish; Latin/o American Popular Culture; Latin/o American Critical Theory (graduate seminar); Topics Cultural Study (focus changes: reception theory, history of consumption, popular culture, globalization); Chilean Literature; Latin American Short Story; Introduction to Spanish Studies

Summary of Expertise

Nineteenth century Latin America and contemporary Latino American (US-Latin America) culture. The first focuses on the study of literature as a disciplinary discourse for the formation of national subjects, as a set of social practices and as product in the cultural market. The second deals with Latin/o America in times of globalization in both Latin American and Latino Studies and connects different discourses (literature, film, popular culture forms) with the question of citizenship and belonging in transnational contexts.

Research Interests

My research to date has identified two distinct but connected areas of study: nineteenth century Latin America and contemporary Latino American (US-Latin America) culture. The first focuses on the study of literature as a disciplinary discourse for the formation of national subjects, as a set of social practices and as product in the cultural market. The second deals with Latin/o America in times of globalization in both Latin American and Latino Studies. My studies on contemporary Latin American film, Chilean culture, and US Latinos participate in an effort to rethink Latin/o American Studies in a global framework. That is to say, an effort capable of encompassing Latin America and the USA from interdisciplinary, national, and transnational angles, which can do justice to the new complex cultural, social, and political developments of a globalized Latin/o America.

Biography, Education and Training

I am Chilean-American, with a Licenciatura from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. from Duke University. I generally focus on the question of literature as discourse in national and transnational contexts: what kind of experience does it provide, for whom, to what personal, cultural, and political effects? This involves the history of literary and cultural studies, the history of reading and the book as both technologies and social practices; the history of citizenship and migration; and the emergence of different forms of non-quasi-limited citizenship.

Selected Publications

  • Books and Monographs
  • 2019 Hacia una historia de la lectura y la pedagogía literarias en América Latina, Santiago, Cuarto Propio, (forthcoming). 
  • 2019 La Escritura de Pedro Lemebel como proyecto cultural y político, Santiago, Cuarto Propio, (forthcoming).
  • 2017 Editor with an Introduction: New Approaches to Latin American Studies: Culture and Power, London: Routledge.
  • 2015 Co-editor with Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste and Robert Irwin), Sports and Nationalism in Latin America, New York:Palgrave.
  • 2015 Co-editor (with Juana Suárez), Humor in Latin American Cinema, New York: Palgrave.
  • 2010 Co-editor (with Fernando Blanco), Desdén al infortunio: Sujeto, comunicación y público en la narrativa de Pedro Lemebel, Santiago: Cuarto Propio.
  • 2009 Co-Editor (with Beatriz Gonzalez-Stephan), Andres Bello, Serie Críticas, Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana.
  • 2009 Co-Editor (with Héctor Fernández-L' Hoeste). Redrawing the Nation: National Identities in Latin American Comics, Palgrave.
  • 2003 Literatura chilena del siglo XIX: entre públicos lectores y figuras autoriales. (Nineteenth Century Chilean Literature: Between Reading Publics and Authorial Figures), Editorial Cuarto Propio, Chile.
  • 2003 Editor with an Introduction: Critical Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Minnesota Press.
  • For Articles in Professional Journals and Chapters in Books, see my website

Teaching Interests

Latin(o) American national literatures; transnational/global cultures (literature, radio, film); Latin(o) American cultural studies; 19th-century studies; the history of reading practices; migration and citizenship.