Javier Uriarte


Assistant Professor
Office: Melville Library N3025
Email: Javier.Uriarte@stonybrook.edu

See here for CV

Javier Uriarte completed his PhD at New York University in 2012. He specializes in Spanish American (mainly Southern Cone) and Brazilian Literatures and Cultures from the 19th and early 20th centuries. His research interests include travel writing, war and representation, theories and politics of space and time, Nation and State-making in Latin America. His book manuscript, tentatively titled Fazedores de desertos: viajes, guerra y Estado en América Latina (1864-1902), won Uruguay’s 2012 National Prize for Literature in the Unpublished Literary Essay category. It studies the intersection of travel, state formation, and war in late 19th century Latin America. In it, Javier explores the ways in which the rhetoric of travel introduces different conceptualizations of space and time in four key moments of war in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He has co-edited one special issue of Cahiers de Li.Ri.Co. dedicated to Uruguayan literature and titled Raros uruguayos: nuevas miradas (Paris: Université Paris 8, 2010), and is the co-editor of the collective volume Entre el humo y la niebla: guerra y cultura en América Latina (forthcoming in 2014 with the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana – IILI).

Selected published articles

  • “Forms of nostalgia and (mis)recognition: the impossibility of homecoming in the Countess of Merlin’s La Havane”. Studies in Travel Writing. Special Issue: Travel Writing and Cuba. Guest Edited by Peter Hulme. 15:4. 359-376. 2011.
  • Em território inimigo: on Space and (In)Visibility in Euclides da Cunha’s Os sertões. Revisiting 20th Century Wars. New Readings of Modern Armed Conflicts in Literature and Image Media. Tom Burns, Élcio Cornelsen, Volker Jeckel, and Luiz Gustavo Vieira, eds. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag. 101-117. 2012.
  • “Los espacios de la sangre: imperio informal, guerra y nomadismo en The Purple Land”. Entre Borges y Conrad: Estética y territorio en W. H. Hudson. Leila Gómez and Sarah Castro- Klarén, eds. Iberoamericana Vervuert: Madrid/ Frankfurt am Main. 129-156. 2012.
  • “Tyranny and Foundation: Appropriations of the Hero and Re- readings of the Nation in Augusto Roa Bastos and Jean-Claude Fignolé”. Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature: The Life and Works of Augusto Roa Bastos. Helene Weldt-Basson, ed. New York: Palgrave/ Mc Millan. 153-188. 2010.
  • “Guerra y construcción del espacio: Letters From the Battle Fields of Paraguay, de Richard Francis Burton.” Los viajeros y el Río de la Plata: un siglo de escritura. Jean-Philippe Barnabé, Lindsey Cordery and Beatriz Vegh, coord. Montevideo: Linardi y Risso. 29-38. 2010.
  • “Las fechas y la invención del sistema simbólico nacional en América Latina”. Derechos de memoria. Nación e Independencia en América Latina. Hugo Achugar, coord. Montevideo: Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación: 341-400. 2003.
  • “Fora da ordem: Temporalities of Travel in Euclides da Cunha and Claude Lévi-Strauss”. Face-à-Face: Brazil-France Liaisons Exposed (Art, Literature, Politics). Regina Felix y Scott Juall (forthcoming in 2014).

Courses Taught at Stony Brook

Fall 2011
HUS 254 - Latin America Today - Urban Landscapes: a visit to four Latin American cities
SPN 392 – The Culture and Civilization of Spanish America

Spring 2012
SPN 662 - Desertificaciones: War and Representation in 19th century Latin America
SPN 311 – Spanish Conversation and Composition

Fall 2012
HUS 254 – Latin America Today - Urban Landscapes: a visit to four Latin American cities
SPN 573 – Entre el humo y la niebla: guerra y cultura en América Latina.

Spring 2013
SPN 435 - Geographic Fictions: Latin American Deserts in Literature and Film
SPN 312 – Introduction to Literary Studies: forms of violence and women voices in Latin American Literature

Fall 2013
POR 511 – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
SPN 510 - Travel Writing in Latin America: Self, Otherness, and the Nation-state

See past events

Spring 2016

Prof. Rafael Rojas (CIDE, México)
"Traduciendo la Utopía.
La revolución cubana en Nueva York"
Thursday April 28, 12.00 pm
Melville Library N3060

Prof. Mariano Siskind (Harvard Univ)
"Latin American Lit and World War I: Notes towards a Redefinition of global Modernism"
Wed Aprill 20, 4 to 6 pm in HUM 1006

Tertulia Literaria
Wed April 20th
1.00-2.20 pm
Dept Community Room (next to Melville N3060)

Prof. Auréie Viallete (Stony Brook University)
Disposable Bodies: The Problem of Disposable Colonization
April 14, 1 pm, SAC Ball Room B

Conversation with Argentine film
director Julian Troksberg
April 14, 7 pm, HUM 1006
Hispanic Languages Film Festival

Prof. Gabriela Basterra (NYU)
"Reason enjoined"
Tuesday, April 5, 4.30pm
Melville N3060

Under the Thumb
April 4, 5, 13, 14 at 7 pm
Humanities 1006
Free and open to the public

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



"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


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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