Latin American History Seminar: At the Threshold Between Slavery and Freedom: A Slave’s Predicament (Juan Francisco Manzano and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
Gerard Aching is Professor of Romance Studies and Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University in New York. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean literatures and intellectual histories, theories of modernism and modernity in Latin America, and nineteenth-century colonial literatures in the Caribbean, with a specific focus on the relations between slavery, literary sensibility, and philosophy. In the contemporary period, he has worked on visual regimes and politics in Caribbean popular cultures. He is the author of Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba (Indiana University Press, 2015), Masking and Power: Carnival and Popular Culture in the Caribbean (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), and The Politics of Spanish American Modernismo: By Exquisite Design (Cambridge University Press, 1997).