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PhD, Yale University

Curriculum Vitae

Benigno Trigo

Department Chair

Professor Trigo’s areas of research include Latin American Literature; Women’s Writing; Psychoanalysis; Puerto Rican studies and Autobiography. He is particularly interested in thinking through the intersection of the body and writing. His publications include Remembering Maternal Bodies (2006), Subjects of Crisis (2000), Noir Anxiety (Co-authored with Kelly Oliver, 2003) and two edited collections: Kristeva’s Fictions (2013) and Foucault and Latin America (2002). He has also published articles in Academic journals such as Cultural Critique, MLN, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Iberoamericana, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Journal, Caribe and others.  He has a book manuscript under review provisionally titled Self-Sacrifice: Malady and Genius of the Puerto Rican Soul on the effect of neocolonialism on the Puerto Rican imaginary during the American Century.  He teaches courses on colonial pathologies, autobiography, the melancholy novel and foundational fictions.  He has served the profession through committees in his professional association (MLA).  He is a member of the editorial board for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Dissidences. He has served his community by sitting on the board of directors of the Luis A Ferré Foundation, of the Ponce Museum of Art, and on the Education Council of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University.