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Associate Professor of Spanish | Dey 230


Ph.D., Brown University

M.A., Brown University

Other Appointments

Adjunct, Comparative Literature


  • Late 19th-21st Century Spanish-American Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Digital Humanities, Digital Literature and Theory
  • History of Ideas
  • Gender Issues
  • Interrelations of Literature and Science
  • Cultural Studies


Alicia Rivero’s publications include the following:

a. Books:

Autor/lector: Huidobro, Borges, Fuentes y Sarduy (author).

Between the Self and the Void: Essays in Honor of Severo Sarduy (editor).

b. Invited, special issue on “Literatura y Ciencia” of La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (editor).

c. Issues of Ometeca: Science and Humanities/Ciencia y humanidades/Ciência e humanidades (editor).

d. Scholarly articles and book chapters on Borges, Sarduy, Fuentes, Huidobro, Arreola, Castellanos, Campos, Elizondo, Futoransky, Mallarmé, Gómez de la Serna and others from the perspective of ecocriticism, comparative literature, mythography, science and cultural studies, literary theory, history of ideas, gender issues, etc.

e. She is working on a book project titled “Nature in Contemporary Latin(a) American Literature: Ecology, Gender, and Race,” as well as on articles focusing on digital humanities.


  • Invited, “Carlos Fuentes’ Evolution Towards Ecological Awareness in His Essays and Narratives.” Science, Literature and Film in the Hispanic World. Eds. Jerry Hoeg and Kevin Larsen. Palgrave MacMillan, 2006. 75-85.
  • Invited, “La opresión en la narrativa de Luisa Futoransky: Son cuentos chinos y De Pe a Pa (o de Pekín a París).” Rev. in Luisa Futoransky y su palabra itinerante. Ed. Ester Gimbernat González. Ediciones de Hermes Criollo, 2006. 133-52.
  • Invited, “Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in Contemporary Spanish American Fiction.” Science and the Creative Imagination in Latin America. Ed. Evelyn Fishburn and Eduardo Ortiz. Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, School of Advanced Study, 2005. 129-50.
  • “Scientific and Neobaroque (In)stability in Nueva inestabilidad.” Between the Self and the Void: Essays in Honor of Severo Sarduy. Ed. Alicia Rivero-Potter. Cuban Literary Studies Series. Society of Spanish and Spanish American Studies, U of Colorado, 1998. 101-19.
  • Invited, “Afinidades intertextuales entre la evocación mallarmeana y la metáfora neobarroca sarduyana: De donde son los cantantes.” Le Néo-baroque cubain. América: Cahiers du CRICCAL 20. Presses de Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1998: 125-36.


  • Invited, “Simulation, Gender, and Nature in Sarduy: Lezama’s Neobaroque, Baudrillard’s Simulacra, Butler’s Performance, and Ecology.” MIFLC Review 15 (2009-11) [actual publication date Oct. 2013]: 177-94.
  • Invited, “La sutura sarduyana en El Cristo de la rue Jacob.” Hispanofila 157 (2009): 159-73.
  • Invited, “Carlos Fuentes’s Dystopia: Cristóbal Nonato.” Ometeca: Humanities and Science 8.1 (2004): 113-32.
  • “Ecocide in Paradise: The Turn of the Century in Fuentes’ ‘Las dos Américas’.” Latin American Literary Review 63.32 (2004): 5-23.

“El imaginario cosmológico en Pájaros de la playa de Severo Sarduy.” Escrituras del imaginario en veinte años de Archivos: Actas del Coloquio Internacional. Proc., June 1998, Centre de Recherches Latino-Américaines-Archivos, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France. Ed. Joaquín Manzi and Fernando Moreno. Centre de Recherches Latino-Américaines-Archivos, Université de Poitiers, 2001. 321-27.

Typical Courses

She teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on Spanish-American, comparative, and interdisciplinary topics, including literature, civilization, the novel, the short story and essay, the Vanguard, and seminars.

Recently Directed Dissertations

J. Stewart Bankhead, “Queer(ed) Bodies, Spaces, and Forms in Selected Works by Reinaldo Arenas, Mario Bellatin, and Isaac Chocrón” (Ph.D. 2014).

Professor Rivero‘s Current and Previous Advisees

Professor Rivero is currently accepting new advisees.