Armando García

Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures

Contact

1309F Cathedral of Learning
arg93@pitt.edu

Biography

Professor García is currently at work on his first book manuscript, Impossible Indians: Race, Performance and the Cultural Politics of Conquest, a study of 20th-century theatre and performance art responding to the effects of Conquest of the Americas on the contemporary present. Building on the recent decolonial turn in colonial/postcolonial studies, his book manuscript will be among the first full-length studies to focus on the relationship between performance and the consolidation of modernity/coloniality in the Americas. Impossible Indians theorizes the tragedy of modernity by studying the ways in which dramatic artists consistently turn to indigenous colonial and pre-Columbian pasts as a manner of imagining their racial presents bound to the history of colonialism.

The book project contends that U.S. Latina/o and Latin American playwrights and performance artists who strategically return to scenarios of conquest to create their racial presents do so vis-à-vis ideologies of indigeneity that are always-already originating outside of Western modernity’s linear time. In the process, the erotics of conquest espoused by these artists actively stages colonialism as an unfinished process, and these imaginaries of the modern world challenge the linearity attributed to historical formations of both time and race.

He is also at work on a second project, tentatively titled Intimately Ethnic: The Erotics of Kinship in Latino/a America, 1954-2012, a study of affect, migration, sexuality, and violence in contemporary performance and digital cultures arising from to the wars spanning the second half of the 20th-century and the present.

His translations of 19th and 20th-century U.S. Latina/o literature have been published in The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume II: 20th Century, Ed. Shay Brawn and Lisa Maria Hogeland (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2008); The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume C, 5th Edition. Ed. Paul Lauter, et al. (Boston: Wadsworth, 2010); and The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 7th Edition. Ed. Paul Lauter, et al. (Boston: Wadsworth, Forthcoming, 2013).  Most recently, he contributed several translated stories for the collection Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, Ed. Eduardo Jiménez and Chris N. Brown (Easthampton: Small Beer Press, 2012).

Degrees

  • PhD, Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (2012), Cornell University
  • Graduate coursesor, American Studies Program, Yale University
  • BA (with Honors), Ehnic Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Awards

  • Gates Millennium Scholar of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is the past recipient of a
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

Areas of Specialization

20th-century U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Literature, Theatre and Performance, Hemipheric Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, and Literary Translation