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Sergio R. Franco
419 Anderson Hall

Sergio R. Franco PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Spanish


Research Interests

My research interests are primarily contemporary Spanish-American narrative, Cultural Studies and Film Studies. I am also interested in the topic of literary self-representation and the interweaving of autobiographical discourses and other codes of representation, such as photography, painting and film. My next book actually covers a scope of Spanish-American autobiographical texts, with particular attention to the interconnections between memory and writing, representations of the body and sexuality, relations between fiction and history, construction of individual and collective subjectivity as well. I am also planning a book on Peruvian contemporary narrative and a work on globalization in late Latin American fiction.


Most Recent Publications


In(ter)venciones del yo: Escritura y sujeto autobiográfico en Hispanoamérica (1974-2002). Madrid; Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, Serie ETC. 2012. 248 pp. ISBN: 9788484896586.

Editor: Literaturas y culturas de la región andina. Special Issue of Revista Iberoamericana 220. Pittsburgh: 2007.

Editor: José María Arguedas: hacia una poética migrante. Pittsburgh: IILI, 2006. 

A favor de la esfinge. La novelística de Jorge Eduardo Eielson. [In favor of the Sphinx:  The Novels of Jorge Eduardo Eielson. Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2000.



“Diez líneas de fuerza de la crítica arguediana.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 72. Homenaje a José María Arguedas [Forthcoming].

“La tentación del fracaso. Existencia y sentido.” Néstor Tenorio Requejo y Jorge Coaguila eds. Julio Ramón Ribeyro: penúltimo dossier. Homenaje a un clásico de la literatura hispanomericana. Lima: Tierra Nueva Editores y Fondo Editorial de la Facultad de Ciencias Histórico Sociales y Educación de la Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo, 2009. 405-15.

“Fotografía y escritura en Autobiografía precoz de Salvador Elizondo.” J. Andrew Brown ed. Tecnoescritura: literatura y tecnología en América Latina. Special Issue of Revista Iberoamericana 221. (2007): 771-785.

“Jorge Eduardo Eielson, 1924-2006.” Revista Iberoamericana 215-216 (2006): 677-678.

“La importancia de llamarse Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929-2005).” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 61 (2005): 217-218.

“Tecnologías de la representación en El hablador, de Mario Vargas Llosa.” Revista Iberoamericana 211 (2005): 575-589.

“Augusto Roa Bastos, 1917-2005.” Revista Iberoamericana 211 (2005): 595-596.

“Deseo mimético en Reo de nocturnidad.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 59 (2005): 315-22.

Diarios de Motocicleta: Nota I & Nota II.”  Osa Mayor 16 (2004): 149-50; 153-4

“Cuatro consideraciones sobre Camera Buff, de Krysztof Kieslowski.” Objeto Visual.

Revista de la Cinemateca Nacional de Caracas (2004): 92-101

“La sedimentación del vivir: el Diario de Angel Rama.” Revista Iberoamericana 201 (2002): 1145-1150.

“Elementos para una poética del relato acausal.” Escritura y pensamiento 6 (2000): 129-135.

Teaching Interests

As an instructor my commitment to my students is, as I understand it, twofold. First of all, I believe that the teaching dynamics should always include topics that motivate and challenge students, both at the graduate and at the undergraduate level. While some topics should adapt to curricular needs, other can be more creative and enrich, from different perspectives, academic programs. I always welcome the opportunity of designing new classes in order to fit the academic graduate and undergraduate curricula in the department I am working in. Secondly, in my courses I make every attempt to provide students with firm historical, theoretical, and critical foundations which enable them to find and pursue their academic viewpoints. I believe in student-oriented seminars that encourage discussion and demand dedication to the writing process. To emphasize literature as a discourse that both mirrors and explores the conflicts of society, and to examine the connections between literary and historical fields, I incorporate into the class other forms of artistic expression such as film, art, and music. I encourage critical thinking and challenge my students to reflect on the issues that connect the subject matter with current issues, interrelating knowledge from different disciplines and fields of study. 

Selected Honors and Distinctions

The University of Scranton. Internal Research Summer Grant, 2007.

Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional. Fellowship to attend XL Curso Iberoamericano para Profesores de Lengua y Literatura Española, 1996.

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. First Prize of Essay. Juegos Florales, 1992, Homage to César Vallejo.

al Mayor de San Marcos . Juegos Florales, 1992, Homage to César Vallejo .


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