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Pedro García-Caro

Associate Professor of Spanish
OCIAS, Romance Languages, SAIL, School of Global Studies and Languages, Spanish, Translation Studies
Phone: 541-346-5813
Office: 325 Friendly Hall
Office Hours: W. 10am-12pm or by appointment.
Research Interests: Nationalism, Postmodernity, Postcolonial Studies, Environmental Studies, US Hispanic Literatures, Mexican Literature, Border Literature, Comparative American Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Satire, Drama, Translation


Ph.D. 2004, King's College LondonUniversity of London

M.A. 1997, University College LondonUniversity of London

B.A. (Hons) 1996, University of Surrey, Roehampton (University of Roehampton since 2004)

Licenciatura en filosofía y letras (Filología Moderna) 1995, Universidad de Murcia


After the Nation Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío by Fermín de Reygadas (1789)  The Fever La Fiebre

1. Books

From the book-cover: 

After the Nation is an extraordinarily rich book that encompasses more than literary criticism—the cultural history of divergent nations that cannot or should not be ignorant of each other’s culture nor of its dissident voices.”—Jean Franco, from the foreword.

“Exemplary in its inter-American scope, well-conceived and clearly written, this book offers an innovative framework to investigate a wide array of interrelated American topics—border crossing, modernity, enlightenment, postcolonalism, exceptionalism—that have shaped the works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon and, by extension, of many contemporary U.S. and Latin American writers.”—Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Michigan and author of The Censorship Files: Latin American Writers and Franco’s Spain.

After the Nation proposes a series of groundbreaking new approaches to novels, essays, and short stories by Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon within the framework of a hemispheric American Studies. García-Caro offers a pioneering comparativist approach to the contemporary American and Mexican literary canons and their underlying nationalist encodement through the study of a wide range of texts by Pynchon and Fuentes which question and historicize in different ways the processes of national definition and myth-making deployed in the drawing of literary borders. After the Nation looks at these literary narratives as postnational satires that aim to unravel and denounce the combined hegemonic processes of modernity and nationalism while they start to contemplate the ensuing postnational constellations. These are texts that playfully challenge the temporal and spatial designs of national themes while they point to and debase “holy” borders, international borders as well as the internal lines where narratives of nation are embodied and consecrated. 

Reviews of After the Nation:

- West, Ty. A Contracorriente: "Transnational Genealogies and Post-national Literary Canons." 12. 2 (2015): 455-461.

- Castañeda García, Daniel. Literatura mexicana 26.2 (2015): 139-143.

- Juan-Navarro, Santiago. "Review of After the Nation. Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentesand Thomas Pynchon by Pedro García-Caro." The Latin American Literary Review 43.85 (2015) 109-112.

- Janzen, Rebecca. García-Caro, Pedro. "After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014." TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, 6.1 (2016). ssha_transmodernity_30933

- Castany Prado, Bernat. Revista Iberoamericana, XVI, 62 (2016): 268-70.

Delden, Maarten. "After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon by Pedro García-Caro (review)." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 50.1 (2016): 263-265.

  • Wallace Shawn, La fiebre/The Fever A Bilingual Edition/Edición bilingüe. Ed. and trans. by Pedro García-Caro in collaboration with Rafael Spregelburd (Paris: Les editions du Paquebot, 2012).

Books in progress

  • Postcolonial Spain: The Cultural Politics of Imperial Amnesia. Under contract with publisher.
  • La verdad sobre el caso José Antonio Primo de Rivera, memorias del juez instructor. Introduction and co-edition with Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel. Under review.
  • Undermining Empire: Mining Literature and the Aesthetics of Natural Determination.

2. Selection of articles, chapters in books

3. Reviews, interviews.

4. Other collaborations and publishing projects

- Managing Editor for Periphērica: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History.

- Co-editor with Michael Dreiling of the Journal of Academic Freedom (2021-23).

Roundtable on Astucias por heredar with theatre Director Robi Arce at Portland State University (February 2018).

- Interviewed on US/Mexico border for Flaunt Magazine Issue 114 (Spring 2011)

- Interviewed on La fiebre/The Fever on Puerto Rican Radio Station program 123 Probando: Part 1 and Part 2 January 2013.

- Discussant Community Conversations: Día de Muertos

Curator for Photo Exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art of"David Maawad. Shining Rock / Resplandor de Roca" (April 3-29, 2012) and at the UO White Stag Building, Portland (May 3-June 9, 2012)

Editor, Les Editions du Paquebot.  Contact us directly here.