Catalina Arango Correa
Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
My research agenda focuses on the environmental humanities in Latin America. In particular, I look at how Latin American Cultural production has imagined our current world-ecology, including the socio-ecological origins and effects of extractive capitalism and neoliberal globalization, and how it has imagined intricate and relational worlds between humans and non-humans, communities, and ecosystems.
My current book project examines the work of several Latin American “regionalist” writers of the first half of the 20th century while responding to how they understood and thought about the effects of extractive and monoculture economies on communities and ecosystems in places such as the Amazon rainforest, the Venezuelan Gulf, the Northeast of Brazil, or the Misiones jungle. I show that this literary writing created an aesthetic in which “culture” and “nature” were interconnected and interdependent, exposed the intimate, socio-ecological bonds between colonialism and capitalist modernity, and often imagined alternative social and political ecologies. Therefore, I claim that this trend of Latin American regionalist writing was an early socio-ecological and postcolonial aesthetic and political response to the origins and effects of our present world-ecology in the first half of the 20th century.
Areas of Interest
- 20th and 21st Century Latin American Cultural Production with emphasis on Socio-ecological Issues and Coloniality
- Autobiographical and Autofictional discourse in Latin American Cultural Production and Theories of the Subject
- Latin American Women's Writers and Gender Issues
- Translation Studies
- Public Humanities
- Latin America Language & Culture
- Intro to Translation
- Grand Challenge Seminar: Environmental Justice
Selected Community, University, and Professional Service
- Managing Editor, Emisférica Journal, Hemispheric Institute, New York University, September 2018 - May 2019
- “Guerra y cultura en América Latina: el modus operandi de la modernidad” review of Entre el humo y la niebla. Guerra y cultura en América Latina edited by Felipe Martínez Pinzón and Javier Uriarte, Perífrasis, 8,16 (July-December 2017): 180-188.
- “El río del tiempo de Fernando Vallejo: la voz y el derrame del yo” [The River of Time by Fernando Vallejo: The Voice and the Overflow of the I], Hipertexto (13) 2011: 108-119.