Dr Greg Dawes

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Distinguished Professor

Biography

Born in New Jersey, I spent the formative years of my childhood in Córdoba, Argentina and have lived in Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, and Chile.  My Chilean wife, Marcia, our two daughters, and I return to Chile as often as we can.  I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and my Ph.D from the University of Washington.  I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on Latin American literature and culture in general and poetry in particular.  I also teach cultural theory at the graduate level. I have been at NC State since 1989 and have been a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill and at the Universidad de Chile.

Teaching and Research Interests

Twentieth and Twenty-first century Latin American literature and culture

Latin American Poetry

Literary and Cultural Theory

Projects

I am now working on a book on Pablo Neruda and Walt Whitman.

Publications

My books include Aesthetics and Revolution: Nicaraguan Poetry, 1979-1990 (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 1993), Verses Against the Darkness:  Pablo Neruda’s Poetry and Politics (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006), (Editor and contributor) Mario Benedetti, escritor uruguayo contemporáneo: estudios sobre su compromiso literario y político / Mario Benedetti, Contemporary Uruguayan Author: Studies on His Literary and Political Commitments (Lewiston / Queenston / Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008), Poetas ante la modernidad: las ideas estéticas y políticas de Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda y Paz (Madrid:  Editorial Fundamentos, 2009) and Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956 (Santiago:  RIL Editores, 2014). I have also published articles Latin American poetry and on cultural theory.  

 

Co-Editor with Luis Martín Cabrera and Ignacio Álvarez, and Contributor, Homenaje a Jaime Concha. Releyendo a contraluz (Editorial A Contracorriente, 2018).

Presentations

(Since 2010):

 Conference Papers and Lectures

 “Closing Remarks.”  Simposio Virtual A Contracorriente.  North Carolina State University.  October 17-19, 2013.

  “A Contracorriente y reflexiones sobre los estudios latinoamericanos.” Roundtable Discussion with Carlos Aguirre (University of Oregon) and Emilio del Valle-Escalante (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.  Simposio Virtual A Contracorriente.  North Carolina State University. October 17-19, 2013.

“La intertexualidad indispensable en Geografía infructuosa.”  Session Chair.  Neruda después de 1956:  nuevas aproximaciones.  Latin American Studies Association.  Washington D.C.  May 29-June 1st, 2013.

 Invited Presentations:

“Living Out the Contradiction: Pablo Neruda and the Avant-Garde.” Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of New Hampshire. 19 April 2018. “A Contracorriente: History of an Open Access Journal and its Challenges.” Diamond Library, University of New Hampshire. 19 April 2018. “Living Out the Contradiction: Pablo Neruda and the Avant-Garde.” Symposium: Intersections of the Avant-Garde: Spain, Latin America, and the Problem of the Global in the Early Twentieth Century. Department of Hispanic Studies, Bowdoin College. 17 April 2018. “Neruda in the Midst of the Spanish Civil War.” Department of Hispanic Studies, Bowdoin College. 17 April 2018. “Globalization and Culture in Latin America.” Lee Early College / Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC. 27 February 2017.

“Multiforme y comprometido:  Pablo Neruda después de 1956.”  Coordinación de Hernán Jaeggi y Pablo Ponza.  Secretaría de Extensión y Relaciones Internacionales.  Facultad de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. 6 October 2015.

 “A Contracorriente:  la historia de una revista y una editorial y sus desafíos.” Las Editoriales en el Mundo Universitario.  Coordinado por Pablo Ponza.  Secretaría de Extensión y Relaciones Internacionales.  Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales.  Universidad de Córdoba.  5 October 2015.

“Neruda en el umbral de la crisis.”  Simposio:  Leer a contraluz:  un recorrido por la literatura latinoamericana junto a Jaime Concha.  Universidad de Chile/Pontificia Universidad Católica/Fundación Pablo Neruda.  Santiago, Chile.  13-14 August 2015.

 “Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda La Sebastiana.  Valparaíso, Chile.  17 April 2015.

 “Neruda.”  Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile.  Santiago, Chile. 15 April 2015.

 “Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda La Chascona.  Santiago, Chile.  14 April 2015.

 “Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Sponsored by the Center of Latin American Studies and John Beverley, University of Pittsburgh.  12 November 2014.

“La ardiente paciencia del testigo:  Neruda y la Unidad Popular.”  Invited by the Fundación Pablo Neruda—La Sebastiana and the Universidad de Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Chile.  4 May 2012.

  “Las elegías irreverentes de Neruda.”  Invited by the Fundación Pablo Neruda—La Chascona, Santiago, Chile.  2 May 2012.

 “Neruda’s Irreverent Elegies.”  Guest Speaker at the 4th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival.  Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina.  15 April 2012.

 “La ‘paciencia ardiente’ del testigo:  Neruda y la Unidad Popular.”  Invited by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at University of California—Davis.  8 March 2012.

 “Future Directions of Digital Publishing in Latin American Studies.”  Invited by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.  University of California—Davis.  7 March 2012.

 “Cien sonetos de amor:  del amor irrenunciable al amor social.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda, La Chascona.  Santiago, Chile.  11 March 2011.

 “En torno a Fin de mundo.”  Encuentro Internacional:  Poesía y diversidades.  Perspectivas críticas en el bicentenario.  Santiago, Universidad de Chile.  30 de agosto-2 de septiembre, 2010. [Invited by the conference organizers.]

 

Responsibilities

I am the editor of A Contracorriente (www.ncsu.edu/project/acontracorriente), a refereed journal on Latin American studies, which is published three times a year, and which was founded in 2003.  I am also the General Editor of Editorial A Contracorriente (http://editorial.acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu).

Education

  • Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from University of Washington, 1990