My research is focused upon the articulation of cultures in the Andes, integrating political, cultural, and social issues as interdependent variables. My courses connect the Andes with important issues related to the development of the 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture. My interests also include topics such as the "lettered project" of the past century, and the shift in the nature of the cultural "public sphere" brought about by the changes in the Andean societies that have accompanied the recent integration into global economic and communications circuits.
In my new book, entitled Franz Tamayo and the Aesthetic Politics in Modern Andean Bolivia (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming), I propose cultural readings of Bolivia's letrados, whose works, mostly essays, have been traditionally read as sociopolitical writings. I offer a reading of foundational essays from the vantage point of discourse analysis, postmodernism, and postcolonial theories.
Recent and Selected Publications
Co-author with Fernando Calderon, El Gato Que Ladra. 1999.
Estética y Carnaval: Ensayos de Sociología de la Cultura. 1984.
Literatura Contemporánea y Grotesco Social en Bolivia. 1992.