My first book Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (The University of Virginia Press, 2007) studies the metaphorical power of the vulnerable body within what Edouard Glissant calls â€śthe Poetics of Relation.â€ť It discusses illness, gender, childhood, detection and abjection in works by Patrick Chamoiseau, Jamaica Kincaid, Severo Sarduy, Michelle Cliff, Maryse CondĂ©, Magali GarcĂa Ramis, Giselle Pineau and Pedro Juan GutiĂ©rrez.
My second book Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (Routledge, 2014) analyzes contemporary literature and art in Cuba from the point of view of sociality and postmodern ethics. I analyze contemporary literature and art produced in Cuba since 1991, and attribute the extraordinary survival of the Cuban Revolution to a social contract based on deeply ingrained notions of gender, community, and ethics. I study novels by Leonardo Padura, JesĂşs DĂaz, Abel Prieto, Ena LucĂa Portela, Abilio EstĂ©vez, Antonio JosĂ© Ponte, Guillermo Rosales, and Pedro Juan GutiĂ©rrez; art by Carlos Garaicoa, RenĂ© PeĂ±a, Abigail GonzĂˇlez, and Angel Delgado.
I am the curator of an exhibit called Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today (Chazen Museum of Art, March 6-June21, 2015). It includes photography-based installations, digital photomontage, and â€śintervened photographyâ€ť by eight contemporary Cuban artists. The exhibition reflects on the technological, philosophical and aesthetic changes that affect photography today, and explores the way our contemporary experience of the medium allows for creative ways to understand or envision alternative Cuban realities.
I have served as guest editor for the Spanish Comparative Literature journal 1616 for a special issue on World Literature from the perspective of Latin American literature, and co-editor with Vicky Unruh (University of Kansas) of a special issue of Contracorriente dedicated to Post-Detection Padura.
I am co-editor with Ursula Heise from UCLA of the Routledge series Literature and Contemporary Thought. I have also published articles in The Latin American Literary Review, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, The Hispanic Review, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, among others.