Department: Spanish and Portuguese
5331 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532
Professor Héctor Calderón is a specialist in Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicano literatures and cultures. He began his career in Spanish American literature and early modern Spain. His Conciencia y lenguaje en “El Quijote” y “El obsceno pájaro de la noche” (Pliegos 1987) examines two classic novels within their respective modern and postmodern contexts. However, Calderón is most widely known for his contributions to Chicano literary studies. He is one the field’s leading figures. His co-edited anthology Criticism in the Borderlands (Duke 1991) is considered one of the founding works in the field. His most recent book is Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, and Borders (Texas 2005). Calderón’s numerous publications have concentrated on border studies and the North American Mexican cultural diaspora. His current research projects include Mexican literature, film, and rock and Mexican American fiction of Los Angeles. His forthcoming publications include “The Chicana and Chicano Literary Canon“ for the Routledge Companion to Latino/a Studies and “Interview with Héctor Calderón” for White Rabbit: English Studies in Latin America.