Associate Professor of Spanish

Graduate Spanish Language Advisor | Dey 230

At UNC since 1983


Ph.D., Brown University

M.A., Brown University

Other Appointments

Adjunct, Comparative Literature


Alicia Rivero’s Autor/lector: Huidobro, Borges, Fuentes y Sarduy combines reader response with authorship theory and criticism. It analyzes the roles that readers and writers play in the writing and decoding of texts from classical antiquity to the twentieth century, using examples taken primarily (but not exclusively) from the works of Huidobro, Borges, Fuentes and Sarduy. She edited Between the Self and the Void: Essays in Honor of Severo Sarduy, which offers theoretical and critical analyses of Sarduy’s texts. It deals with such topics as identity, self- portraiture, gender, queer theory, AIDS, psychoanalytic aspects of eroticism, canonical subversion, postmodernity, the neobaroque, culture, religion, myth, reality, pictorial representation, and cosmology. She also edited an invited, special issue on “Literatura y Ciencia” of La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puert o Rico, which is devoted to the interrelations of literature and science in 19th 20th century Spanish-American and Spanish texts. Her other publications include articles on the works of Borges, Sarduy, Fuentes, Huidobro, Arreola, Castellanos, Campos, Elizondo, Futoransky, Mallarmé, and Gómez de la Serna from the perspective of comparative literature, mythography, science and other cultural studies, literary theory, history of ideas, gender issues, and new historicism. She is working on a book project titled “Nature in Contemporary Latin(a) American Literature: Ecology, Gender, Race and Other Issues.” Most recently, she is including digital humanities, digital texts and theory in her research and classes.


  • 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

She organized the XIV Ometeca Conference (April 6-9, 2016) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The keynote speakers were the renowned theorist, N. Katherine Hayles (Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and James B. Duke Professor of Literature, Duke U), and the acclaimed Mexican-American poet, Loss Pequeño Glazier (Director, Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY-Buffalo and Media Studies Professor). She is also the webmaster of the Ometeca Institute’s site.


Editor of the Ometeca Institute’s peer-reviewed journal, Ometeca: Science and Humanities/Ciencia y humanidades/Ciência e humanidades. The latest issue is available; see her preface and its contents at  New submissions are always welcome.

Some of her selected publications are the following:


  • 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. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006. 75-85. Print.
  • 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. Montevideo, Uruguay: Ediciones de Hermes Criollo, 2006. 133-52. Print.
  • Invited, “Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in Contemporary Spanish American Fiction.” Science and the Creative Imagination in Latin America. Ed. Evelyn Fishburn and Eduardo Ortiz. London, UK: Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, School of Advanced Study, 2005. 129-50. Print.
  • “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. Boulder, CO: Society of Spanish and Spanish American Studies, U of Colorado, 1998. 101-19. Print.
  • 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. Paris: Presses de Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1998: 125-36. Print.


  • 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. Print.
  • Invited, “La sutura sarduyana en El Cristo de la rue Jacob.” Hispanofila 157 (2009): 159-73. Print.
  • Invited, “Carlos Fuentes’s Dystopia: Cristóbal Nonato.” Ometeca: Humanities and Science 8.1 (2004): 113-32. Print.
  • “Ecocide in Paradise: The Turn of the Century in Fuentes’ ‘Las dos Américas’.” Latin American Literary Review 63.32 (2004): 5-23. Print.

“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. Poitiers, France: Centre de Recherches Latino-Américaines-Archivos, Université de Poitiers, 2001. 321-27. Print.

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.