Justin is a Ph.D. candidate with an M.A. in Hispanic Literatures from IU and an MAT in language instruction from Johns Hopkins University. He studies modern Latin American literature with a special interest in nineteenth-century literary narrative and political philosophy. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Developmental Allegory in Nineteenth-century Spanish American Narrative,” explores literature’s relationship to historical time and politics in post-independence Spanish America. It engages with the work of authors such as Soledad Acosta de Samper, Ignacio Altamirano, José Mármol, Juana Manuela Gorriti, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, and Jorge Isaacs, arguing that the most fundamental insights to be gleaned from narrative texts of this period require a radical reconfiguration of conventional understandings of both allegorical reference and developmental time. Drawing on a range of sources from literary theory and political philosophy, the project attempts just such a reconfiguration in the service of ignored or repressed readings of the texts’ structures of historical allegorization.
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Literatures