19th and 20th Centuries Spanish American Literature, Cultural Discourses of Modernity and National Formation, Displacement and Testimonio, Disruptive Humor, Classic Fairy Tale Discourse and its Subversive Retellings
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Hiram Aldarondo received his bachelor degree from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, and his master degree from Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago, with a dissertation on Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University, where he also serves as Director of Temple’s Latin American Studies Program and major, as well as Director of the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS). His areas of specialization are 19th and 20th century Latin American literature. His current research agenda focuses on the use and role of classic fairy tale discourse in Latin American literature, and its humor and subversive retellings. It includes new versions by such authors as Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Rubén Darío, José Santos Chocano, María Luisa Bombal, Dulce María Loynaz, Gabriel García Márquez, Senel Paz, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferré, Ana Lydia Vega, and Guillermo Saavedra. At Temple, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Spanish American short fiction, foundational novels, and Southern Cone writers. He tries to formulate courses in which teaching intersects with research, in order to bring his research interests into the classroom, and communicate them both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minority Scholars, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and MacArthur Foundation Research Fellowship.