Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
June – September 2015; June – September 2016
Radical Things: Transcultural Materialism in Literature
Héctor Hoyos' current book project 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, among others.
Héctor Hoyos is Assistant Professor of Latin American literature at Stanford University, where he teaches contemporary fiction and literary theory. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, and degrees in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. 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 is the co-editor of the special issue "Theories of the Contemporary in South America" for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.