Dr. Gustavo Garcia teaches Spanish. He specializes in Latin American literature, cultural studies, Spanish poetry, the relationship between literature and social sciences, and the representation of indigenous people in literature. Dr. Garcia is active on campus — he advises the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and has led an Engineers Without Borders͛ trip to Ghana in West Africa, where students worked with villagers to construct a public latrine.

Academic Degrees

  • BS, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, 1985
  • MS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990
  • MA, The State University of New York, 1993
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

Awards & Honors

  • Annual Research Award, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2011

Research Experiences

  • Relationship between Literature and Social Sciences
  • Representation of indigenous people in Literature
  • Spanish poetry

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “The Discourse of Desire in 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair,” Hispanismos del mundo, Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila Editores, 237-247, 2016
  • “Corona de sombras: Light and Shadows in a History of Masks,” JALLA 2016–Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, August 2016
  • “Incaism and Legitimization of the American ‘nation’ in the Diálogo entre Atahualpa y Fernando VII en los Campos Elíseos,” VIII Congreso de la Asociación de Estudios Bolivianos, San Francisco Xavier University, Sucre, Bolivia, July 2015
  • “The Influence of Las Casas and Class Struggle in César Vallejo's Tungsteno,” JALLA 2014–Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica, august 2014
  • “The Symbolic Importance of Food in Literature,” Atenea XXXV, 1–2 (Puerto Rico), 97-112, January-December 2015
  • “J. de la R.: Author of Memoirs of the Last Soldier of the Independence Movement,” Anales de Literatura Hispanoamericana 42 (Spain), 173-198, 2013
  • Editor, Critical Edition of the 19th Century Bolivian Novel Juan de la Rosa: Memoirs of the Last Soldier of the Independence Movement (by Nataniel Aguirre), La Paz, Bolivia: Plural Ediciones, 2010

Teaching Interests

  • Latin American literature
  • Cultural studies
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