Paul Firbas


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Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Center
Office: Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library N3017
Email: paul.firbas@stonybrook.edu

Paul Firbas is associate professor in the Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University and Director of Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC). He specializes in Spanish-American texts of the colonial period. Before coming to Stony Brook in 2007, he was assistant professor at Princeton University (2001-2007) and visiting professor at Columbia University (spring 2007).

His research deals with epic poetry, textual criticism, historiography and the colonial geography of transatlantic South America. In 2006 he published a study and a critical edition of Armas antárticas, epic poem written by Juan de Miramontes Zuázola (Lima: PUCP, 2006). He is also the editor of a volume of essays on Ibero-American epic texts in the colonial word Épica y colonia (Lima: Univ. de San Marcos, 2008).

He has published several articles on epic poetry and cultural traditions in colonial Peru, on Sarmiento de Gamboa’s accounts on the Strait of Magellan, and the colonial image of Lima. He is currently working on a book on the moral geography of Strait of Magellan between 1579 and 1622; on an edition of Lima News-sheets of early 18th century; and on a series of essays on memory and excavation in the Andes.

He has also co-edited with Pedro Meira Monteiro a book on documentary film maker Andres Di Tella: Cine documental y Archivo personal. Conversación en Princeton (Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2006); with Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, a book of conversations with Ricardo Piglia, La forma inicial (Talca, Chile: Univ Talca, 2015 and Bs. As: Eterna cadencia, 2015; Mexico: Sexto Piso, 2015); and with Esperanza Lopez Parada and Marta Ortiz, a catalog of the exhibit they curated at the National Library of Spain: La biblioteca del Inca Garcilaso (Madrid: BNE, 2016)

Recently taught courses (click here for course descriptions)

  • SPN 652 Utopian texts in the Andes
  • SPN 652 Matter and Voice in Colonial Textualities
  • SPN 652 Colonial moral geographies
  • SPN 435 Fictions of Communities in the Andes
  • SPN 435 Civilization and Barbarism
  • SPN 453 Literature, Non Fiction and Journalism in Latin America
  • SPN 395 Introduction to Latin Americcan Literature: Colonial Period
  • SPN 396 Introduction to Latin American Literature: Modern Period
  • HUS 254 Latin America Today

Publications (click here for selected list of publications, details and links)

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See past events

Spring 2016

Talk
Prof. Rafael Rojas (CIDE, México)
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"Traduciendo la Utopía.
La revolución cubana en Nueva York"
Thursday April 28, 12.00 pm
Melville Library N3060
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Talk
Prof. Mariano Siskind (Harvard Univ)
"Latin American Lit and World War I: Notes towards a Redefinition of global Modernism"
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Wed Aprill 20, 4 to 6 pm in HUM 1006
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Tertulia Literaria
Wed April 20th
1.00-2.20 pm
Dept Community Room (next to Melville N3060)
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Talk
Prof. Auréie Viallete (Stony Brook University)
Disposable Bodies: The Problem of Disposable Colonization
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April 14, 1 pm, SAC Ball Room B
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Conversation with Argentine film
director Julian Troksberg
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April 14, 7 pm, HUM 1006
Hispanic Languages Film Festival

Talk
Prof. Gabriela Basterra (NYU)
"Reason enjoined"
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Tuesday, April 5, 4.30pm
Melville N3060
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HISPANIC LANGUAGES FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Under the Thumb
April 4, 5, 13, 14 at 7 pm
Humanities 1006
Free and open to the public
poster

Conversation with Prof. Ruben Ríos Ávila (NYU)

"Para volver a ver. Eduardo Lalo y la fotografia de lo singular"

Tuesday, March 29, at 2.30 pm in Melville Library N3060

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"Geografías y retóricas de la guerra en América Latina"

Mary Louis Pratt (NYU)
Fernando Degiovanni (CUNY Graduate Center)
Felipe Martínez Pinzón (Brown University)

Stony Brook Manhattan
Wed March 9th, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

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Talk by Spanish writer

José Manuel Fajardo
"América, un viaje literario de ida y vuelta."
Monday March 21, 2:30-4.00, Melville Library N3060

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