Columbia SPPO

Óscar Iván Useche

Graduate Student

Useche holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Latin American Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana at Bogotá, an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University at Bloomington, and an M.Phil. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University. Currently, he serves as an editorial assistant for the Revista Hispánica Moderna, and regularly reviews new scholarly books published in the United States for the Colombian academic journal Cuadernos de literatura.

Useche’s teaching and research interests include the relations between Economics and Literature in Spain’s fin de siècle, the influence of science, technology and industry on Spanish literature and culture, and the possible connections between mathematical thought and religion-science tensions in nineteenth-century Spain. His dissertation looks at the mining industry and the expansion of the railroad in Spain as two technological innovations whose scientific, economic, social, and political impact was semiotically and textually negotiated in the literature written during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
He has published the articles “Anhelos de modernidad en Los Pazos de Ulloa: civilización y barbarie como espacios contradictorios,” Sin Frontera 1.1 (2006), “Economía y crisis de representabilidad en Su único hijo de Leopoldo Alas,” Siglodiecinueve 15 (2009), and “La solución de la maternidad: esterilidades contradictorias en La Regenta de Leopoldo Alas.” Some of his works in progress include the articles “Abyección y destrucción de la subjetividad: memoria, ciudad y excrementos en El sitio de los sitios de Juan Goytisolo,” and “La persistencia de la memoria: historia o histeria en la producción cultural española de la primera década del siglo XXI—Benjamín Prado y Alex de la Iglesia”.

The following papers make up a representative sample of the work Useche has presented at recent conferences: “Amores imposibles: la encrucijada ideológica de la modernización nacional ante la industrialización de finales del siglo XIX en España”, given in The Ohio State University’s 14th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium—Cultural Conversations: Popular Culture, Interculture, High Culture and Counterculture, in April 2011; and, “Invertir para subvertir: ambigüedad, ruptura y crisis de representabilidad en Su único hijo de Leopoldo Alas,” presented at The MLA's 124th Annual Convention in San Francisco—The Economics of Literature and the Literature of Economics in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Hispanic World, in December 2008.

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