Assistant Professor

Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library N3026  (on leave fall 2014- spring 2015)

Email: lena.burgos-lafuente@stonybrook.edu

Lena Burgos-Lafuente (Ph.D. 2011, New York University) is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University. She specializes in poetry, Latin American essay writing, sound studies, and transatlantic literary crossings in the first half of the twentieth century. She has published articles on the Spanish Republican exile in the Caribbean, Caribbean literature, and the essays of Jorge Luis Borges.

Burgos-Lafuente is working on two book manuscripts. In Poesía y destiempo: literatura y política en el Caribe de mediados de siglo XX, (forthcoming 2017), she discusses the critical juncture at which prevailing ideological positions induced by the Second World War in the Caribbean met a new political poetics of postwar literature in the encounter between Caribbean writers and Spanish exiles in the late 1940s and 1950s. In Pedagogies of Progress: Listening to the Long 1950s in Puerto Rico, she examines the dissonances between sonic and visual cultures in the artistic production of 1940s-1960s Puerto Rico. Burgos-Lafuente was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014-2015.

She is the editor of a special issue on poet Julia de Burgos and wrote the prologue to Cartas a Consuelo, Julia de Burgos’s unpublished correspondence to her sister. She is co-editor of a special issue on philosopher María Zambrano, María Zambrano in Dialogue and co-editor of The Puerto Rico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, under contract to Duke University Press.

Selected publications:

• “Los amarres de la lengua: Politics, Exiles, and the Disputes over Language in Puerto Rico (1942–2016)” Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro and Robert P. Newcomb, eds., The Transatlantic Studies Reader: Iberia, Africa and Latin America. Liverpool, IJ: Liverpool University Press, (Forthcoming 2017).
• “Cinco caras de Julia.” Revista Exégesis 27/28 (Primavera 2016): 391-99.
• “¿Qué es entonces una isla: ruinas, isla y escritura en el Caribe de María Zambrano.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 16.4 (Winter 2015): 375-396.
• “Yo, múltiple: las cartas de Julia de Burgos”. Prologue to Cartas a Consuelo (1939-1953). San Juan: Ediciones Folium, 2014, xxi-xxxiv.
• “Untendered Eyes: Literary Politics of Julia de Burgos (Introducción)” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 26.2 (Fall 2014): 4-25.
• “Tiempo de isla: Pedro Salinas y los trópicos típicos.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Washington University, St. Louis 44 (2010): 107-126.
• Melancólicas inquisiciones: lectura y sujeto en Borges. Followed by Conversación con Sylvia Molloy. Recipient of the Concha Meléndez Award for Literary Criticism. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2006.

Recently taught courses:

PhD seminars:

SPN 671 The Literary Caribbean: Aesthetics, Politics and Archipelagic Thought
SPN 671 Writing Ruins: Time, Modernity and Decay in 20th Century Latin American Literature
SPN 671 Literary Politics in Mid 20th Century Caribbean Literature

MA Seminars:

SPN 585 Caribbean Discourses: Hispanophone Literature in a Comparative Context
SPN 573 Poetics of Confinement in Latin American Literature (Escritura y confín: poéticas del encierro en América Latina)

Undergraduate seminars:

SPN 435 Before the Law: Writing, Order and Desire in Latin American Literary Culture (Ante la ley: escritura, orden y deseo en la cultura literaria latinoamericana)
SPN 415 Revolutionary Islands: Modern and Contemporary Caribbean Art and Politics
HUS 254 Latin America Today. The Caribbean: Culture, Power, Aesthetics

See past events

Fall 2016

Click here for a list of our fall 2016
undergraduate courses and graduate seminars

Congreso Internacional
Cervantes realismo y fantasía (IV Centenario de la muerte de Cervantes)


Stony Brook University, October 27-28, 2016
Organized by The Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University and GRISO, Universidad de Navarra

See PROGRAM and POSTER. Free and open to the public 

"Disputed Mediations:
Interpretations, Aesthetic Value and popular culture in Latin America and Spain"
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Idelber Avelar (Tulane Univ)
Stony Brook Manhattan
Nov, 4, 2016
9 am to 5 pm
See poster


Image from Colonial Mexico.
Nexahualpili, Lord of Texcoco (1472-1515)



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