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Indiana University Bloomington

Alberto Varon

Alberto Varon



Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2012
M.A. University of Chicago, 2003
B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2001

In both research and teaching, I am interested in contemporary and historical Latina/o literatures and in 19th and 20th-century American literature. Broadly speaking, my work explores the relationship between race, gender, and the nation, and how notions of belonging at all levels are shaped by regional, national, and transnational networks. I am currently at work on a book on the relationship between citizenship and gender, tentatively titled Textual Citizens: Literary Manhood and the Making of Mexican Americans, 1848-1959. Juxtaposing recovered Chicana/o texts with canonical American literature, Textual Citizens examines how manhood was used as a representational strategy that allowed disparate communities to gradually recognize themselves as and within a national community. Through representations of manhood, Textual Citizens argues for a new Chicana/o Studies paradigm (and by extension a Latina/o studies framework) grounded not in notions of resistance but rather on acts of national and cultural belonging. My book explores what Latino Studies, Latinidad, and the Chicana/o field-imaginary might look like when imagined from a position of national inclusion. I regularly teach classes in U.S. Latina/o literatures, critical ethnic studies, and in late 19th and early 20th-century American literature.