Héctor Hoyos

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Pigott Hall 220
650 723 3291

Office Hours: 
Wed 2:45-4:45 p.m. and by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Curriculum Vitae: 

Héctor Hoyos is an Assistant Professor of Latin American literature and culture at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, and degrees in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Hoyos’s research areas include visual culture and critical theory, as well as comparative and philosophical approaches to literature. His teaching covers various periods and subregions, with an emphasis on contemporary fiction and literary theory. His work has appeared in several venues, among them Comparative Literature Studies, Third Text, Chasqui, and Revista Iberoamericana. His book, Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel (forthcoming with Columbia UP, 2014), is the first monographic, theoretical study of Latin American novelistic representations of globalization of its kind. He co-edits the special issue "Theories of the Contemporary in South America" for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Other ongoing proyects include the study of César Aira as cultural critique and an examination of new materialisms in Latin American fiction.

Hoyos is a Delegate Assembly Representative for the Division Executive Committee on 20th Century Latin American Literature at the MLA and a past board member and Secretary for the Colombianists Association. In 2012-2013, he was a faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. From 2009-2012, he chaired Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture, a multidisciplinary forum for contemporary cultural theory at the crossroads of Latin Americanism and comparatism.

His radio interview on Roberto Bolaño, hosted by Robert Harrison on Entitled Opinions, can be listened here.


2008: PhD, Cornell University, Romance Studies
2002: BA with honors, Universidad de los Andes, Philosophy
2001: BA, magna cum laude, Universidad de los Andes, Literature

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