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Hiram Aldarondo (Department Chair)
436 Anderson Hall

Hiram Aldarondo PhD,  University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Spanish

Research Interests

My primary field of specialization is Spanish American literature during the 19th and 20th centuries. My research focuses on a variety of topics related to the role of disruptive humor in works by Latin American authors. It explores both the heterogeneous semiotics and the ambiguous politics of ludic representation in fiction written across regional and national borders.  This includes the entanglements between humor and power, humor and bodies, and humor and/as transgression, from multiple perspectives. My book, El humor en la cuentística de Silvina Ocampo, demonstrates how Ocampo uses different strategies of humor (irony, parody, satire, the grotesque) to create a new configuration of female subjectivity. 
Presently, I am working on a manuscript revision on the use and role of classic fairy tale discourse in Latin American literature, and its humor and subversive retellings.  It includes new versions by such authors as Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Rubén Darío, José Santos Chocano, María Luisa Bombal, Dulce María Loynaz, Gabriel García Márquez, Senel Paz, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferré, Ana Lydia Vega, and Guillermo Saavedra.

Most Recent Publications

Aldarondo, Hiram.  El humor en la cuentística de Silvina Ocampo . Madrid, Spain: Pliegos, 2004.


“La crónica periodística y la imaginación modernista de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.”  Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (Forthcoming) 
"Gradaciones del discurso: el humor agridulce en la narrativa de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera." Nuevos Estudios críticos de la obra de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera . Ed. Yolanda Cortés.  Mexico: Consejo de Educación y Cultura, 2005: 132-142.
"Barbarrosa enfrenta a Barbazul:  debate paródico entre Charles Perrault, Silvina Ocampo y Luisa Valenzuela."  Bulletin of Spanish Studies LXXX/6 (2003): 729-742.
"Embestida a la burguesía: humor, parodia y sátira en los últimos relatos de Silvina Ocampo." Revista Iberoamericana LXVIII/201 (October/December 2002): 969-979.

Teaching Interests

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Spanish American short fiction, foundational novels, and Puerto Rican literature and culture.  I try to formulate courses in which teaching intersects with research, in order to bring my research interests into the classroom, and communicate them both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  As a teacher, I believe it is important to teach students to become critical thinkers.  My role in the classroom is not merely to provide an abundance of content, but encourage students to think critically for themselves, as well as show them how to sharpen their own critical skills.  I truly enjoy the classroom experience: the challenge of conveying ideas to students, as well as learning about their views and experiences. I feel enriched when I teach, and it is my hope to convey that feeling to others.


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Anderson Hall 4th Floor 1114 West Berks Street Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090
Phone: (215) 204-8285 Fax: (215) 204-3731