Gustavo Verdesio

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Associate Professor of Spanish

Surface Mail: 812 East Washington Street | 4108 MLB, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 4212 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.647.2645
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty: Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
    • Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC), Native American Studies (NAS)
    • Latina/o Studies (LS) Faculty Associate
  • Fields of Study
    • Colonial studies, Native American studies, American culture, cultural studies, material culture.
  • About

    I am currently working on the territorial practices of indigenous cultures from 'prehistoric' time. The study of territorialities that are alternative to Western cartography and land exploitation may help us discuss our own representations of the land as well as our cognitive framework. It is also a way to recover from oblivion those indigenous practices erased from our Western imaginary and make them part of humankind's patrimony. This research agenda is, of course, in (sometimes critical) dialogue with some issues raised by Subaltern Studies.

    I am also working on the theoretical (as well as pedagogical) issues at stake in the relationship between colonial studies and cultural studies.

    Recent and Selected Publications 

    La invención del Uruguay: la entrada del territorio y sus habitantes a la cultura occidental. Montevideo: Graffiti Trazas, 1996. Review

    Forgotten Conquests. Re-reading New World History from the Margins. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001. Review

    Co-Editor. Colonialism Past and Present: Reading and Writing about Colonial Latin American Texts Today. Albany: SUNY Press, 2002. Summary

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Northwestern, 1992
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Colonial Studies, Native American Studies, Pre-Contact Indigenous Societies, Material Culture, Popular Culture, Theory