Antonio Barrenechea specializes in literatures and cinemas of the Americas. He is the author of America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies (University of New Mexico Press, 2016), a comparative study of the imagination of colonial histories in big novels from the U.S., Latin America, and Francophone Canada. In relation to this book, the forthcoming “Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion: Comparative Literature and the Summa Americana” was awarded the prize for best essay for 2014-2016 by the International Association for Inter-American Studies. He is currently researching a new book project with the working title: “The Savage Hemisphere: Monster, Trash, and Exploitation Cinema of the Americas.” Dr. Barrenechea has developed several courses at UMW, including a three-semester survey on the literatures of the Americas that ranges from pre-1492 to the present, and an honors course on exploitation cinemas from Thomas Edison to Quentin Tarantino. He presently serves on the boards of the American Comparative Literature Association, the International American Studies Association, the International Association for Inter-American Studies, and Comparative American Studies: An International Journal.
Antonio Barrenechea in the News
- Barrenechea Lectures at University of Rome, Gives Interview on New BookAntonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture "Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion" at the University of Rome (Sapienza). He was also interviewed about his new book, America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies. The interview will be published in the inaugural issue of the Italian journal America Critica.... Read more »
- Barrenechea Publishes on Hemispheric American LiteratureAntonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently published the article “Hemispheric American Literature” in Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report (Routledge, 2017). [...]... Read more »
- Barrenechea Wins Essay AwardAntonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, has won the award for "Best Essay in Inter-American Studies" from the International Association of Inter-American Studies for his essay "Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion: Comparative Literature and the Summa Americana." The essay is a critique of U.S.-led Hemispheric Studies as currently practiced in favor of a comparative global paradigm that is invested in... Read more »
- Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Aix-en-Provence, FranceAntonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture "The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju's Eyes without a Face" as part of the fall lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France. [...]... Read more »