Conflicting Corrientes: Non-Arriving Latinx Currents in Melville's 1855 Benito Cereno

José Alfaro

University of California, Riverside

José Alfaro is a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests dwell in Dance and Performance, 19th Century Transamerican Literature, and Queer Latinidades. Currently, his work turns to the emergence of “Queer Latinidades” in american literary history as they exceed, open, and disrupt the Latinx "arrival" choreographed by 19th Century american letters and their respective border formations. As a performer of dance (primarily salsa y bachata), he observes alternative Latinx histories of sound, movement, and performance.


Latinx subject formations are often choreographed by specific 19th Century literary histories of territory and time, usually “arriving” after the Mexican-American War and subsequent 1848 drawing of the US-Mexican border.... [ view full abstract ]


  1. José Alfaro (University of California, Riverside)

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