Skip to main content

Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Alberto Ribas-Casasayas

Alberto Ribas-Casasayas

Associate Professor

Biographical Information

Prof. Ribas holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Harvard University, 2007). His work focuses on contemporary fiction and film in Spanish, mostly from mid-20th century to present. His current areas of interest are spectrality (ghosts, hauntings, absence, invisibility) in Latin American narrative, and money and finance in literature and film. He has co-edited the collection of academic essays Espectros: Ghost Hauntings and the Talking Dead in Transhispanic Narratives (Bucknell University Press, 2016). His most recent article, “El tirano indigente” (The Indigent Tyrant) discusses the classic Mexican novel Pedro Páramo in connection with contemporary drug-related violence and the global debt crisis, and is forthcoming in the journal A contracorriente. He has also published scholarship on contemporary authors such as Sergio Ramírez, Carlos Fuentes, and Heriberto Yépez, as well as on Mexican film. Additionally, Prof. Ribas has been involved in educational projects, such as the writing of a Hispanic culture textbook for secondary school students with De Agostini (Italy) and the production of digital instructional materials for the textbook Plazas (Cengage, Inc.).

Prof. Ribas has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on a diverse array of subjects: contemporary Latin American narrative and film, introduction to Latin American and Mexican culture, Latin American social and political discourse, culture and society of the U.S. – Mexico border, introduction to literary analysis, Spanish and Latin American theatre, theory and practice of translation, Spanish composition, Spanish for heritage learners, and intermediate to advanced Spanish.

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century Latin American narrative, with an emphasis in Mexico.
  • Cinema of the Spanish-speaking world. The spectral in literature and film.
  • Finance in literature and film.

Selected Publications

  • “El tirano indigente: Pedro Páramo, deuda y necropolítica.” A contracorriente [Forthcoming May 2017]
  • “Theories of the Ghost in a Transhispanic Context.” Espectros: Ghost Hauntings and the Talking Dead in Transhispanic Narratives. Ed. Alberto Ribas-Casasayas and Amanda L. Petersen. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2017.
  • Mil y una muertes de Sergio Ramírez: Los fantasmas de la articulación nacional nicaragüense.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 48.3 (Oct. 2014): 493-517.
  • “La posthibdridez fronteriza en la narrativa de Heriberto Yépez.”  Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 42.1 (May 2013): 77-94.
  • "Transatlantic Fuentes: Between 'The Two Shores' of Pluriculturality and Glossocentrism." Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos 27.1 (Winter 2011): 137-68.