Associate Professor of Spanish/Portuguese and Comparative Literature
Graduate Program Director
One of Jorge's research projects focuses on the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in current ecological thinking, including ecological approaches to Latin American and Spanish literary and cultural studies. Their ontologies and axiologies on the interrelationships between humans and nonhumans. Their affinities with theories of sustainability and community resilience to environmental change. Documentary films.
Another line of research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Given its prominent role in the planet’s ecology and ecological imagination, the Amazon’s literary and artistic traditions are particularly rich on creative expressions that reconsider the human experience and its identity in light of the question of its interconnectedness with nature under colonization and modernization. Amazonia in national literatures, travel literature, and world literature.
Jorge has also published or taught on ecology and the Spanish American Regional Novel, Mexican literature, Chicana literature, Pablo Neruda, José Emilio Pacheco, among others.
Research by former and current graduate students include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.