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Dr. Jorge Machin-Lucas

Faculty of Arts


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Dr. Machín-Lucas in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Dr. Jorge Machín-Lucas in Havana, Cuba

Biography

Dr. Machín-Lucas received his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Ohio State University, with a dissertation on the XXth Century Pennisular Poetry since the 1950s. His research looks at some of the most difficult and profound Spanish authors of the second half of the 20th-century. These authors write about a complicated interior life and a reality beyond what most of us see. Some of these authors call themselves the poets of silence. They listen for what is beyond the words, beyond the sound. But this is not fantasy or speculation. As Dr. Machín-Lucas explains, dogs hear sounds that we human beings miss. We miss these sounds because we are imperfect not because the sounds are not there. In a similar manner, these authors look for a reality that we often cannot detect, not because it is not there but because we are not perfect.

Dr. Machín-Lucas' work with these authors have led him to consider philosophy, Marxism, religion (Catholicism, Kabbalah and Sufism) and, more recently, ancient history to plumb the depth of their work.

But Dr. Machín-Lucas is also a teacher. His on-going relation with Spain and things Spanish put him in a position to teach not just the language but cultural studies, the literature and the cinema of Spain and also from Latin America. He is even trying his hand at his own novel. As he protects and nurtures his relations with his extended family in Barcelona, he brings this currency with modern Spain to his classroom. If you can’t travel to Spain, a semester with Jorge is the next best thing.


Research Interests

Dr. Machín-Lucas’ primary area of research is contemporary Spanish literature with a particular interest in intertexuality, comparative studies, modernity and postmodernity, philosophy, semiotics and Marxism. He specializes in the poetry and essays of José Ángel Valente, Antonio Gamoneda, Octavio Paz, and in the novels and essays of Juan Benet. He has also studied the influence of synchretic mysticism (Catholicism, Kabbalah, and Sufism) in Valente’s and Gamoneda’s works. He is about to publish an article about the relationships he sees between Paz’s work and that of Valente and Gamoneda in the Equadorian journal, Kipus. He is currently studying the influence of ancient Greek and Roman history on contemporary continental philosophy in the novels of Juan Benet. Finally, he is looking at how irrationalism in formulated in XXth Century Spanish and Latin American literature with his findings to be published in a thematic issue that he is editing for the journal La Nueva Literatura Hispánica (with an introduction and an article about irrationalism in Gamoneda).


Publications

Books

  • An Original Translation of Trece fábulas y media y fábula decimocuarta (Thirteen and a Half Fables and Fable Fourteen) by Juan Benet. Barcelona: PPU, 2010. (co-authored with Jason Tentinger).
  • José Ángel Valente y la intertextualidad mística postmoderna: del presente agónico al presente eterno. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2010.
  • El primer Juan Benet (1965-1972) La forja de un estilo novelístico. Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.   

Articles

  • Material memoria de José Ángel Valente: un itinerario ontológico hacia las formas oscuras de lo originario. La nueva literatura hispánica. 15 (2011): 9-30. (Peer reviewed) 
  • Fragmentos de un libro futuro de José Ángel Valente: el último viaje solipsista hacia el origen del ser y de la vida”. Castilla. Estudios de literatura 1 (2010): 1-26. (Peer reviewed).
  • Mandorla de José Ángel Valente: una infructuosa búsqueda de la justicia social más allá de la muerte”. Analecta Malacitana. Revista de la sección de Filología de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras 32.1 (2009): 189-204. (Peer reviewed).
  • “La poética de Antonio Gamoneda: el referente esotérico”. Lectura y signo 4 (2009): 239-71. (Peer reviewed)
  • No amanece el cantor de José Ángel Valente: una corrección inmanente de la gran Historia del racionalismo. La nueva literatura hispánica 13 (2009): 39-60. (Peer reviewed).
  • Al dios del lugar de José Ángel Valente: historias del ser hacia el origen. Moenia. Revista lucense de lingüística & literatura, Vol. 12, 2006: 469-483. (Peer reviewed).
  • My article Juan Benet al trasluz was republished by the journal Literatura na Swiecie (Literature in the World) (1-2, May 29, 2007 (426-427): 56-65), which belongs to the Ministry of Culture in Poland, under the title Region jako palimpsest, translated by Barbara Jaroszuk. It is an introduction to the short story Catálisis and the two first chapters of the novel Un viaje de invierno (A Winter Trip), both works authored by Juan Benet.
  • José Ángel Valente y la mística en El fulgor: una teofanía pagana en busca del silencio sonoro de la palabra. Revista Hispánica moderna. Nueva Época LV, 2 (diciembre 2002): 423-434 (Peer reviewed).
  • Juan Benet al trasluz: Palimpsestos subversivos en Región. Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos 609 (2001): 19-28. (Peer reviewed). (I was also paid $265 by the Ministerio de Asuntos exteriores (Foreign Affairs) in Spain.)