David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Francisco Laguna Correa
Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking, Cultural Studies, and Writing 

Office: Wilson Commerce 106
Phone: (336) 841-9783


Francisco Laguna Correa is a writer, ethnographer, and college professor. He was awarded in 2012 the National Literary Prize of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE), an institution based in New York City. In 2013, he received the International Poetry Prize of the University of Aguascalientes, in Mexico. In 2016, professor Laguna Correa was one of the recipients of The Fuerza Award, a social recognition for his intellectual activism in the Pittsburgh area granted by The City of Pittsburgh, the collective Café con Leche, and The Latin American Cultural Union (LACU). Professor Laguna Correa has been invited to talk about his research at various institutions, including Emory University, the University of California, Texas State University, and Duke University.

He began his university studies at The School of Philosophy and Letters and The School of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and two master’s degrees, one in Immigration and another in Hispanic Philosophy, both from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He was the recipient in 2014-2015 of the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2016 he received a doctoral degree in Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Expertise and Interest: Mexican Intellectual Modernity, Sonic Borderspaces, Literary Circulation, Latinx/Latina/o and Latin American Cultural Fluidity, Intellectual History, Border Textuality, Subaltern Studies, Critical Race Theory, Digital Humanities

Courses recently taught
-FYS 1000: Cultural Revolutions
-HST 1601: Foundations of Latin American Civilizations
-SPN 2130: Introduction to Latin American Cultures
-ENG 1103: “CosmoLatinx in a World of Strangers” (writing and performance)

Selected Academic Publications
Critical Review. Film Lupe Under the Sun. E-International Relations. Web, November 2017.

“The Rise of Latino Americanism: Deterritorialization and Postnational Imagination in New Latino American Writers,” Contemporary U.S. Latinx Literature in Spanish: Straddling Identities, Amrita Das, Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez, Michele Shaul, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming 2018-19), book chapter.

“Narrando el exilio y la experiencia de retorno de Francisco Zarco: personalidad, encuentros y enfermedad de un liberal mexicano,” Volver a México. Espacios, medios y poéticas de regreso. Zamora, Montes de Oca, Carranza, eds. México: El Colegio de San Luis, 2015. Book Chapter.

Book Review. Salgado, Dante. Octavio Paz: el amor como idea. Romance Notes. Vol. 54, No. 2, 2014.

“Illustrating Otherness: Crossing Frontiers in ‘The Illustrated Man’ (Ray Bradbury’s first trip to Mexico),” Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific and Other Perspectives. Gloria McMillan, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. Book Chapter.

“Recuperando a Perico de Arcadio Zentella como un proyecto subalterno de liberación.” A Contracorriente. A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America. Vol. 10, No. 3, 2013.

“Fragmentos de un violín roto: el discurso amoroso en Casi nunca de Daniel Sada,” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. No. 53:18, 2012.

“De la ‘ciudad letrada’ a la ciudad digital: tecnología y graffiti digital en el nacionalismo mexicano del siglo XXI,” Discursos sobre arte digital. José Luis Crespo, ed. Spain: EUMED/Universidad de Málaga, 2012. Book Chapter.

Invited Speaker
“Sonic Borderspaces: Noise and Echoes of Belonging.” Emory University, Fall 2017.

“Re-writing El Otro Lado/La Frontera: The New Latino Americanism.” Texas State University-San Marcos, Fall 2017.

“Intellectual Networks and the Circulation of Power in the Lettered City: Towards an Anthropological Literary History of 19th-century Mexico.” University of California-Riverside, Spring 2016.

“State Domination and Queer Superheroes in Mexican Horror Film: Taming a Nation through El Santo (The Silver-Masked Man).” California State University-Fresno, Spring 2016.

Public Poetry Reading from Crush Me / Ría Brava, invited writer for the “Social Justice & Cultural Self-Determination in Latin America and the Caribbean Conference.” John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University, Fall 2013.

Selected Conferences
“Revolutionary Trauma and State Domination Through Mexican Horror Film: The Case of El Santo films,” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS) Congress at Campeche, Mexico, 2017.

“Building a generation through literary circulation and socialization strategies: Daniel Sada and Juan Villoro,” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress at New York City, 2016.

“Religiosidades tenues en El enemigo de Efrén Rebolledo (1900), Un adulterio de Ciro B. Ceballos (1901) y La Venta del Chivo Prieto de Laura Méndez de Cuenca (1910).” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress at Chicago, 2014.

“Encuentros y desencuentros trasatlánticos: “Juegos de memoria y olvido” de Octavio Paz y La familia interrumpida de Luis Cernuda.” XIX Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea at UT-El Paso, 2014.

“Viajeros mormones y anarquistas en el siglo XIX mexicano: Helaman Pratt, Plotino Rhodakanaty y la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días.” XIX Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference at UC-Irvine, 2013.

“The Mexican influence in XIX century New Orleans’ musical scene: The Mexican Band in the 1884 World’s Cotton Exposition.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention at Durham, NC, 2012.

Selected Fiction
Crush Me / Ría Brava (Hybrid poetry in English). Chicago: Radical Narratives, 2016.

Wild North (Novel in Spanish). Tamaulipas, México: Rayo Press, 2016.

Finales felices (Book of flash fictions in Spanish). New York: North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE), 2012; México: Editorial Paroxismo, 2013; Sevilla: RD Editores, 2013 (electronic book)



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