Héctor Hoyos

Héctor Hoyos

Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature
Director, Iberian and Latin American Cultures
2008: Ph.D. and M.A., Cornell University, Romance Studies
2002: B.A., with honors, Universidad de los Andes, Philosophy
2001: B.A., magna cum laude, Universidad de los Andes, Literature

Héctor Hoyos works at the intersection of literary criticism and continental philosophy. His scholarly publications include two monographs with Columbia University Press: Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel (2015), on ideological critiques of globalization in the Latin American novel, and Things with a History: Transcultural Materialism and the Literatures of Extraction in Contemporary Latin America (2019), on the articulation of critical theory and new materialism in the region’s cultural production. The first of these studies appeared in Spanish translation as Los Aleph: Bolaño y la novela global latinoamericana, Crítica, 2020. (For Stanford Report coverage, see here.) He is a former Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin.

Hoyos has edited or co-edited article collections for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, on contemporaneity, in 2014; for Cuadernos de literatura, on material culture, in 2016; and for the Nueva América book series at the University of Pittsburgh press, on subjectivity, in 2023. Articles by Hoyos have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Third Text, Chasqui, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Law and Literature, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Revista Iberoamericana, among others. He is preparing a co-authored manuscript entitled García Márquez as Law: World Literature and the Pluriversal Imagination.

Professor Hoyos welcomes graduate applicants in all fields of modern Latin American literature and culture, from the 19th century to the present. Dialogues across national traditions are preferred. Primary subfields are the Southern Cone and Colombia; secondary include Cuba and Brazil. Current topics of interest include: contemporaneity; post-anthropocentrisms; globalization and World Literature; fictionalizations of human rights and juridical reasoning. For multidisciplinary projects, see Modern Thought and Literature.

Presently, Hoyos co-chairs the research groups materia, on Latin Americanist and comparative post-anthropocentrisms; Law and Literature in the Global South; and Comics: More than Words. His radio interview on Roberto Bolaño, hosted by Robert Harrison on Entitled Opinions, can be listened here. A 2014 invited lecture can be viewed here; a 2018 lecture here. For a recent essay, visit Public Books.



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Research Interests

  • Comparative Studies


  • Latin Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Modernism


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Visual Arts and Visual Culture