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Aching, Gerard

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Gerard Aching specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Caribbean literatures and intellectual histories, theories of modernism and modernity in Latin America, and 19th-century colonial literatures in the Caribbean, with a specific focus on relations between slavery and philosophy. He is the author of The Politics of Spanish American Modernismo: By Exquisite Design (Cambridge, 1997) and Masking and Power: Carnival and Popular Culture in the Caribbean (Minnesota, 2002). His most recent book is Freedom From Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba (Indiana, 2015). Aching's current research projects include just war theory, sovereignty, and the invention of the "Indian"; and witnessing and empathy in abolitionist philanthropic humanitarianism. His courses and teaching interests include subjectivity in slave narratives; Caribbean literatures (especially poetry) in English, Spanish, and French; black racial formations in Colombia; sugar and the modern transatlantic world; modernista and avant-garde Latin American poetry; and sociogeny.

Professor Aching has been the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship (1999) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2003) and is a Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, French

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