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Javier Uriarte

Javier Uriarte

Associate Professor
Humanities Building 1143. Phone: 631.632.7358

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Javier Uriarte holds a Licenciatura en Letras from the Universidad de la República of Uruguay, and a PhD from New York University. His first book,  Travel Writing, War, and the State in Latin America: The Desertmakers, is forthcoming in 2017 with Routledge. ( View Book)

In this book, he carries out a comparative study of the role that war played in the processes of state consolidation in the Southern Cone and Brazil in the last decades of the nineteenth century. He examines the role of war vis-a-vis the penetration of global capital in the region, and the dramatic ways in which these elements reconfigured the Latin American spaces in those years. In order to do this, he has opted to work with travel narratives, in which spaces, movement and displacement adopt a central role. The Spanish version of  The Desertmakers won Uruguay's 2012 National Prize for Literature in the Unpublished literary essay category.

Uriarte has co-edited, together with Valentina Litvan, a special issue of the academic journal Cahiers LIRICO (Université Paris VIII, 2010), dedicated to "Raros uruguayos: nuevas miradas". ( View Issue)

He has also co-edited, together with Felipe Martínez-Pinzón,  Entre el humo y la niebla. Guerra y cultura en América Latina (Pittsburgh: IILI, 2016). ( Read Review)

His second book project, “Bodies, Nature and Spatial Imagination in Amazonia,” proposes a comparative exploration of diverse narratives of the Amazon during the first two decades of the last century, in close dialogue with the field of environmental humanities. This project is unprecedented in that it seeks to study a multilingual and multinational corpus focusing on the same frontier. In order to adequately show the heterogeneous character of the Amazon, Uriarte examines – as he did in his first book – works written in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The corpus includes a variety of texts and formats: novels and travelogues, private diaries and essays, official reports and short stories, ethnography and photography.

Selected published articles

“Rios e ritmos indisciplinados: uma leitura da oscilação em Euclides da Cunha e Alberto Rangel”. Vozes da Amazônia III. Investigação sobre o pensamento social brasileiro. Élide Rugai Bastos and Renan Freitas Pinto, Orgs. Manaus: Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 2016. 183-205.

“Fora da ordem, or on Time and Travel in Euclides da Cunha and Claude Lévi-Strauss”. Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France. Regina Félix and Scott D. Juall, eds. Purdue University Press, 2016. 100-116.

“An “Immense Museum” or an “Immense Tomb”? War and the Rhetoric of Continuity in the Writings of Francisco Moreno”. In Collecting from the Margins: Material Culture in a Latin American Context. María Mercedes Andrade, ed. Lewisburgh: Bucknell University Press, 2016. 35-48.

“Emergencias de lo invisible: ruina y lenguaje en Os sertões”. In Felipe Martínez-Pinzón and Javier Uriarte, eds. Entre el humo y la niebla. Guerra y cultura en América Latina. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana/ University of Pittsburgh, 2016. 137-158.

“Retóricas de la (des)posesión: viajar, imaginar y escribir las tierras americanas”. Tierras, reglamento y revolución. Reflexiones a doscientos años del reglamento artiguista de 1815. Gerardo Caetano y Ana Ribeiro, coords. Montevideo: Planeta, 2015. 237-258.

“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, 2012. 129-156.

“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 (2011). 359-376.

“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, 2010. 153-188.

Forthcoming edited book (under contract with Liverpool University Press):

Contested Modernities: a Literary Geography of the Amazon. Co-edited with Felipe Martínez-Pinzón. Expected publication: 2017.

Forthcoming Articles:

2017 – “Disintegrating Bodies: the Undoing of the Discourse of War in Palleja’s Diario (1866)”. Authoritarianism, Cultural History, and Political Resistance in Latin America: Exposing Paraguay. Alejandro Quin, Federico Pous and Marcelino Viera, eds. Palgrave Macmillan.

2017 – “A ilusão da casa: viagens, domesticação e perdas da origem em Alberto Rangel e William Henry Hudson”. Letterature d’America. XXXVI. Special issue on ““Natura, cultura e ecologia”.

Courses Taught at Stony Brook

PhD courses
“Geographies and Rhetorics of War in Latin America” (Spring 2016)
“Paradise, Hell, Labyrinth, Home: Images of the Amazon” (Spring 2014)
“Desertificaciones: War and Representation in 19th century Latin America” (Spring 2012)

MA Courses
"Cultural Representations of War in Latin America" (Spring 2017)
“Travel Writing in Latin America: Self, Otherness, and the Nation-state” (Fall 2013)
“Entre el humo y la niebla. Guerra y cultura en América Latina” (Fall 2012)

Undergraduate courses (advanced)
“Nation and Space in 19th Century Latin America” (Spring 2015)
“Narrating Buenos Aires: Cultural Representations of a Changing City” (Fall 2014)
“Geographic Fictions: Latin American Deserts in Literature and Film” (Spring 2013)

General education courses
HUS 254 - “Latin America Today: A Visit to Four Latin American Cities” (Contemporary Latin American Culture, taught in English)