(updated Nov. 2015) Rudyard Alcocer is the Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages and Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa and his B.A. (Magna cum laude) in Philosophy from Emory University. He is the author of Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature (Routledge 2005), and several essays on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. His current book-length project explores empirical approaches to literary studies. He is also co-editing a volume that explores the cinema of slavery in the Americas. Dr. Alcocer teaches courses in Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on the Caribbean. Broadly stated, he is interested in comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary approaches to literary and narrative studies. Please contact him at ralcocer@utk.edu

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