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Víctor Pueyo Zoco
445 Anderson Hall

PhD,  Stony Brook University
Assistant Professor of Spanish


Victor PueyoResearch Interests

- Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Peninsular and Spanish American ideological production.

- Poetry in Spain and in the New Spain; politics and form; critical theory; medical discourses and teratology. Pre-modern and modern horror.

My research focuses on Seventeenth Century Spain and Colonial America, with a special emphasis on poetry, libidinal forces, and medical history in the transition to the capitalist mode of production. In a Spinozan fashion, I seek to explore those elements of excess that can account for historical change without resorting to externalist explanations or a reductive form of agency. My first book (Góngora: hacia un poética histórica), analyzed the works of Góngora – and particularly his popular verse – precisely in terms of its monstrous inadequacy to the epistemological framework of the Baroque. In this book, I claim that it is Góngora’s heavy investment in feudal purity what paradoxically puts into play a political breakthrough that will set up, in time, the ground conditions for literary “modernity”. This growing interest in the imaginary coordinates of the political has led me to examine how codified rules are rooted in states of exception, particularly in regards to the way legal and medical discourses remain intertwined in the figure of the early modern monster. My second and upcoming book, Cuerpos plegables: anatomías de la excepción en España y América Latina (siglos XVI-XVIII), is a good example of it.

I have written articles about Manrique, Cervantes, Góngora or Espinosa Medrano, among others. Currently, I am preparing the first critical edition of Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán’s Tragicomedia de los jardines y campos sabeos, a drama written by one of the few woman playwrights in Early Modern Spain, which will be published next year as a part of a larger project of cultural heritage recovery and archival restoration funded by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


Most Recent Publications


Góngora: hacia una poética histórica. Barcelona: Ediciones de Intervención Cultural/Montesinos, 2013.

Cuerpos plegables: anatomías de la excepción en España y América Latina (siglos XVI-XVIII). Woodbridge: Tamesis. In press. Expected publication date: 2015.

Critical editions:

__ . Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán. Tragicomedia de los jardines y campos sabeos. Estudio y edición crítica. Madrid: Musa a las nueve/Clásicos castellanos EdoBNE (Accepted for publication).

Book chapters:

“After the End of History: Horror Cinema in Neoliberal Spain (2002-2013).” Contemporary Spanish Thriller and Horror Cinema. Ed. Jordi Marí. (Invited collaboration).



“Cuerpos imaginarios e imágenes corporales. La producción del sujeto femenino en el espacio místico de la bilocación (1570-1670).” Letras femeninas 40.1 (2014). Special number: Women’s Gaze/Mirada de mujer: Narrativas visuales femeninas y narraciones femeninas de lo visual en el mundo luso-hispano. Ed. María Claudia André and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli. In press.

“Tener y no tener: lecturas de Sancho Panza en la dictadura de Primo de Rivera (1923-1930).”Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 33.1 (2013): 199-222. With Ana Fernández-Cebrián.

“Después del fin de la historia: estados de excepción y escenarios de emergencia en el cine de terror español contemporáneo (2002-2013).” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 17 (2013): 163-180.

“Gongorismo y criptogongorismo en América. La norma virreinal del siglo XVII.” Calíope. Journal of the Society for Renaissance & Baroque Hispanic Poetry 18.2 (2013): 92-115.

“Sobre la categoría del mediador evanescente: pícaros, bufones y prostitutas en el umbral de la modernidad.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 13.2 (2012): 149-165.

“Las Coplas a la muerte de su padre de Jorge Manrique: una lectura marxista.” Revista de crítica literaria marxista 6 (2012): 4-21

“Viaje de ida y viaje de vuelta del modernismo latinoamericano: el caso de Delmira Agustini.” Journal of Hispanic Modernism 1 (2010): 132-50. To be re-published in Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. Biblioteca de Autor Delmira Agustini. Ed. Rosa García Gutiérrez (2014). Forthcoming.

“Desnúdese el desnudo. Para seguir leyendo los Poemas humanos de César Vallejo.” Aula lírica. Revista sobre poesía ibérica e iberoamericana 1 (2010): 1-16.

Bruce R. Burningham: “Tilting Cervantes: Baroque Reflections on Postmodern Culture.” Anales cervantinos XLII (2010): 450-461.

“Bajtín contra Foucault. Arqueología de un debate silenciado en Mito y Archivo, de Roberto González Echevarría.” Riff-Raff. Revista de pensamiento y cultura 37 (2008): 63-79.

“Qué es el humor negro. Teoría y práctica en el cine español de posguerra.” Hiperfeira. Arts & Literature International Journal 9 (2007).

“Introducción: Del humor” Eclipse. Revista literaria universitaria 6 (2006): 9-24.

 “Las cosas nunca vistas ni oídas: El Quijote como texto opaco.” In Arboleda, Carlos (Coord.). The Impact of Don Quijote (1605-2005) on the Culture of the Modern and the Postmodern World. New Haven: Southern Connecticut State University (2006): 148-159.

Teaching Interests

I teach courses on Medieval, Golden Age and Colonial Spanish literature, both undergraduate and graduate. When it comes to teaching, I make no distinction between theory and practice. Teaching (or, as Althusser would put it, “theoretical practice”) is an integral task of theory. I try to undertake this task dialectically: besides guiding the students through a series of immersions in the foreign past “culture”, I try to turn the tables and lead them into questioning their own present from the privileged perspective of the past. As a result of that, no single culture becomes more outstanding or pertinent than another or than history itself.




Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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