Patrick O’Connor

  • Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature


  • BA, Cornell University, 1980
  • MA, Yale University, 1991
  • PhD, Yale University, 1994

  • Latin American Fiction and the Narratives of the Perverse: Paper Dolls and Spider Women (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
  • "The Anxiety of the Avunculate: Lezama Lima Reads Martía and Casal," Latin American Literary Review 33.66 (2005): 145-174.
  • "John Rechy," for Latino and Latina Writers, Alan West, ed. (Scribner's and Gale Group, 2004).
  • "César Aira's Life in Pink: Beyond Gender Games in Cómo me hice monja," Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, XXV.2 (2001): 259-76.
  • "Deleitando, dilatando, delatando: Una multiplicidad de lectores para El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes," Revista Iberoamericana, 62.175 (1996): 335-60.
  • "Melancolía Porteña' and Survivor's Guilt: A Benjaminian Reading of Cortázar's El examen," Latin American Literary Review XXIII.46 (1995): 5-32.
  • (With Jorge Salessi) "For Carnival, Clinic, and Camera: Fin-de-Siècle Argentine Drag Culture Performs 'Woman,"' in Diana Taylor and Juan Villegas, ed., Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality and Theatricality in Latin/o America, Duke University Press, 1994, 257-74.

  • Post-Dictatorship Southern Cone Literature
  • Surrealism and Other Avant-Garde Latin American Prose
  • Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • Queer and Psychoanalytic Theory in Latin America
  • The Novelists of "El Boom" (Cortázar, García Marquez, Donoso, Fuentes)
  • Theories of Modernism and Post-Modernism
  • U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures
  • Literature and Politics of Central America

  • CMPL 200 Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • HISP 202 Intermediate Spanish I
  • HISP 318 Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • HISP 322 Visions of Mexican Women
  • HISP 335 Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Narrative (in English)
  • HISP 355 The New Hollywood-Mexico Connection (in English)
  • HISP 422 Literature and Politics of Central America
  • HISP 435 Islands of History: Twentieth Century Cuban and Puerto Rican Literature
  • HISP 436 Literatures of the Dirty Wars
  • HISP 452 After Boom and Bust: Latin American Literature Since 1987
  • HISP 458 Fantasy and Violence in Argentine Literature, 1930-1955
  • FYSP 150 Questioning Reality:  The North and South American Fantastic (in English)
  • FYSP 151 Surrealist Prose of the Americas (in English)

Spring 2023

Capstone — HISP 501

Fall 2023

Playing at Gods: Myth, Ritual, Theater, Story — FYSP 187
Intermediate Spanish I — HISP 202
Borges to Cortázar: Fantasy and Violence in Argentine Literature 1930-1955 — HISP 458
Capstone — HISP 501