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Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé


Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute
Lowenstein 915-C
[email protected]u
SPRING 2023 Office hours:
on leave 


BA, Yale University
PhD, Stanford University


  • Hispanic Caribbean Literature
  • New York in Latino Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality in Latin American and U.S. Latin Literatures
  • Latin American Neobaroque

Courses Taught

  • New York in Latino Literature and Film
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Cuba: Revolution, Literature and Film

Selected Publications

Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails. New Directions in Latino American Cultures series, edited by José Quiroga and Licia Fiol-Matta. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, October, 2007.

Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York and London: New York UP, 2002).

El primitivo implorante. El “sistema poético del mundo” de José Lezama Lima(Amsterdam/Atlanta: Editions Rodopi: Colección de Teoría Literaria: Texto y Teoría, 1994).

“Between Irony and Belief: The Queer Diasporic Underground Aesthetics of José Rodríguez-Soltero and Mario Montez,” GLQ21, 4 (Fall 2015).

“Transnationalism and Manuel Ramos Otero’s ‘Traveling Theater’ of Return,” Rasanblaj Caribéen, e-misférica 12.1 (Spring 2015).

“’Under the Skirt of Liberty’: Giannina Braschi Rewrites Empire,” American Quarterly 66, 3 (Fall 2014). Special issue of American Quarterly (Las Américas Quarterly) edited by Licia Fiol-Matta and Macarena Gómez-Barris:

“Julián del Casal.” Prologue and annotated edition of José Lezama Lima’s essay from Analecta del reloj. La Habana Elegante. 53 (Spring-Summer 2013):

“The Oxymoron of Sexual Sovereignty: Some Puerto Rican Literary Reflections,” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies XIX, 1 (Spring 2007): 50-73.

“Toward an Art of Transvestism: Colonialism and Homosexuality in Puerto Rican Literature,” in ¿Entiendes? Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings, eds. Paul Julian Smith and Emilie L. Bergmann, “Series Q,” Duke University Press, 1995. 137-67.

“What a Tangled Web!: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Foundations of Puerto Rican Literature in the United States,” differences 8 1(1996): 132-51.