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Greg Dawes

Distinguished Professor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Withers Hall 415

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Bio

Born in New Jersey, I spent the formative years of my childhood in Córdoba, Argentina and have lived in Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, and Chile.  My Chilean wife, Marcia, our two daughters, and I return to Chile as often as we can.  I received my B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and my Ph.D from the University of Washington.  I have been at NC State since 1989.  I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on Latin American literature and culture in general and poetry in particular.  I have been a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and at the Universidad de Chile.

Books published:

Aesthetics and Revolution: Nicaraguan Poetry, 1979-1990 (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 1993).

Verses Against the Darkness:  Pablo Neruda’s Poetry and Politics (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006).

(Editor and contributor) Mario Benedetti, escritor uruguayo contemporáneo: estudios sobre su compromiso literario y político / Mario Benedetti, Contemporary Uruguayan Author: Studies on His Literary and Political Commitments (Lewiston / Queenston / Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).

Poetas ante la modernidad: las ideas estéticas y políticas de Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda y Paz (Madrid:  Editorial Fundamentos, 2009).

Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956 (Santiago:  RIL Editores, 2014).

Co-Editor with Luis Martín Cabrera and Ignacio Álvarez, and Contributor, Homenaje a Jaime Concha. Releyendo a contraluz (Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

Tras las huellas de Pablo Neruda:  Un homenaje a Hernán Loyola (Raleigh:  Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Office Hours

  • Tue: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Thu: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Or By Appointment

Projects

I am currently working on two book projects, one on Pablo Neruda and democracy, and the other on contemporary Argentine novels and the way that armed struggle and democracy are portrayed. My translation of Hernán Loyola’s Los pecados de Neruda (Neruda’s Sins) will be published by Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press in June 2022.

Responsibilities

I am the Editor in Chief and Founder of A Contracorriente (www.ncsu.edu/project/acontracorriente), a refereed journal on Latin American studies, which is published three times a year, and which I founded in 2003.  I am also the Editor in Chief and Founder of Editorial A Contracorriente (http://editorial.acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu), which publishes academic books in Latin American studies in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Press.

Research Publications

Article Published (since 2010):

Luis Correa-Díaz and Greg Dawes, “The Verse as Being in the World: Chilean Poetry Before, During and After Pablo Neruda, History, and Politics.” A History of Chilean Literature. Ignacio López-Calvo ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 259-295.

“La ambición totalizadora: el Canto general de Pablo Neruda.” Historia crítica de la literatura chilena (Santiago: LOM Editores, forthcoming).

“El socialismo y los senderos que se bifurcan: Historia del llanto, de Alan Pauls.” Revista Gramma, vol. 32, núm. 65 (2020): 3-15.

“Neruda, el anarquismo y la democracia” in Tras las huellas de Pablo Neruda: Un homenaje a Hernán Loyola (Raleigh: Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press, 2020), 126-155.

“1969: Sobre Fin de mundo.” Nerudiana. Nº 25-26 (primavera 2020 [published: December 2020): 73-76 [triple columns].

“Futurism in Chile.” Ed. Gunter Berghaus, Handbook of Futurism (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018), 365-372.

“Neruda en el umbral de la crisis de 1956.” Reprinted in Luis Martín Cabrera, Ignacio Álvarez, Greg Dawes eds. Homenaje a Jaime Concha: releyendo a contraluz (Raleigh: Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

“Altazor y el ‘individualismo estético’ de Huidobro.” Translated and reprinted in Luis Correa-Díaz and Scott Weintraub eds., La futuridad absoluta de Vicente Huidobro (Raleigh: Editorial A Contracorriente / University of North Carolina Press, 2018), 67-89.

“Hacia el pasado para llegar al futuro: El camino de Ida, de Ricardo Piglia.” Revista Gramma, Año XXVIII, Núm. 59 (2017; published in 2018): 133-144.

“Neruda en el umbral de la crisis de 1956.” Estudios Públicos 143 (invierno 2016): 115-137.

“El lugar de Alain Sicard.” Nerudiana. No. 18 (diciembre 2015): 29-31 [triple columns].

“Algunas reflexiones sobre Altazor.” Nerudiana. No. 15-16 (2014): 22-24 [triple columns].

“Versos del crepúsculo: Biografía para encontrarme de Benedetti.” Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana Nº 77 (1er semestre de 2013; published in the fall): 43-65.

“Fin de mundo: el ‘falso siglo victorioso.’” Nuevo texto crítico. Vol. XXIV-XXV, No. 47/48 (2011-2012; published in 2013): 127-155.

“La espada encendida: bosquejo de una utopía.” Nerudiana, no. 13-14 (marzo-diciembre 2012; published in 2013): 28-31 [triple columns].

“Las elegías irreverentes de Neruda.” Pluma y pincel [Chile]. May 2012. http://www.plumaypincel.cl

“Entre el realismo y el vanguardismo en las Residencias.” Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana Nº 74 (2º semestre, 2011 [published in spring 2012]): 287-305.

“Neruda ante la crisis del ’56.” Estudios públicos, nº 123 (invierno 2011): 237-262.

“Del amor irrenunciable al amor social: Cien sonetos de amor.” Revista Casa de las Américas. Nº 263 (Abril-junio 2011): 47-64.

Conference Papers and Lectures

A Contracorriente Fifteen Years Later.”  Opening remarks for the Symposium:  Celebrating A Contracorriente’s 15th anniversary.  18 October 2018.

“La Editorial A Contracorriente.”  10th UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Annual Conference.  Feb. 13th, 2016.  Presentation of Emilio del Valle Escalante’s book, Teorizando las culturas indígenas.

“Closing Remarks.”  Simposio Virtual A Contracorriente.  North Carolina State University.  October 17-19, 2013.

A Contracorriente y reflexiones sobre los estudios latinoamericanos.” Roundtable Discussion with Carlos Aguirre (University of Oregon) and Emilio del Valle-Escalante (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.  Simposio Virtual A Contracorriente.  North Carolina State University. October 17-19, 2013.

“La intertexualidad indispensable en Geografía infructuosa.”  Session Chair.  Neruda después de 1956:  nuevas aproximaciones.  Latin American Studies Association.  Washington D.C.  May 29-June 1st, 2013.

Invited Presentations

“The Persistence of the Nightmare: Argentine Narrative in the 21st Century.” Conferences on Ecological and Political Justice in Latin America. Department of World Languages and Literatures. Elon University. 9 November 2021.

“La urgencia del pensamiento de John Beverley.” Book Launch: Urgencias del latinoamericanismo en tiempos de globalización conflictiva. Tributo a John Beverley. Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Bolivian Studies Journal, University of Pittsburgh. 29 October 2021.

“Living Out the Contradiction: Pablo Neruda and the Avant-Garde.” Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of New Hampshire. 19 April 2018.

“A Contracorriente: History of an Open Access Journal and its Challenges.” Diamond Library, University of New Hampshire. 19 April 2018.

“Living Out the Contradiction: Pablo Neruda and the Avant-Garde.” Symposium: Intersections of the Avant-Garde: Spain, Latin America, and the Problem of the Global in the Early Twentieth Century. Department of Hispanic Studies, Bowdoin College. 17 April 2018.

“Neruda in the Midst of the Spanish Civil War.” Department of Hispanic Studies, Bowdoin College. 17 April 2018.

“Globalization and Culture in Latin America.” Lee Early College / Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC. 27 February 2017.

“Multiforme y comprometido:  Pablo Neruda después de 1956.”  Coordinación de Hernán Jaeggi y Pablo Ponza.  Secretaría de Extensión y Relaciones Internacionales.  Facultad de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. 6 October 2015.

A Contracorriente:  la historia de una revista y una editorial y sus desafíos.” Las Editoriales en el Mundo Universitario.  Coordinado por Pablo Ponza.  Secretaría de Extensión y Relaciones Internacionales.  Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales.  Universidad de Córdoba.  5 October 2015.

“Neruda en el umbral de la crisis.”  Simposio:  Leer a contraluz:  un recorrido por la literatura latinoamericana junto a Jaime Concha.  Universidad de Chile/Pontificia Universidad Católica/Fundación Pablo Neruda.  Santiago, Chile.  13-14 August 2015.

“Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda La Sebastiana.  Valparaíso, Chile.  17 April 2015.

“Neruda.”  Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile.  Santiago, Chile. 15 April 2015.

“Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda La Chascona.  Santiago, Chile.  14 April 2015.

“Multiforme y comprometido:  Neruda después de 1956.”  Sponsored by the Center of Latin American Studies and John Beverley, University of Pittsburgh.  12 November 2014.

“La ardiente paciencia del testigo:  Neruda y la Unidad Popular.”  Invited by the Fundación Pablo Neruda—La Sebastiana and the Universidad de Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Chile.  4 May 2012.

“Las elegías irreverentes de Neruda.”  Invited by the Fundación Pablo Neruda—La Chascona, Santiago, Chile.  2 May 2012.

“Neruda’s Irreverent Elegies.”  Guest Speaker at the 4th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival.  Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina.  15 April 2012.

“La ‘paciencia ardiente’ del testigo:  Neruda y la Unidad Popular.”  Invited by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at University of California—Davis.  8 March 2012.

“Future Directions of Digital Publishing in Latin American Studies.”  Invited by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.  University of California—Davis.  7 March 2012.

Cien sonetos de amor:  del amor irrenunciable al amor social.”  Fundación Pablo Neruda, La Chascona.  Santiago, Chile.  11 March 2011.

“En torno a Fin de mundo.”  Encuentro Internacional:  Poesía y diversidades.  Perspectivas críticas en el bicentenario.  Santiago, Universidad de Chile.  30 de agosto-2 de septiembre, 2010. [Invited by the conference organizers.]

Education

Ph.D. Latin American Literature University of Washington 1990

Area(s) of Expertise

Twentieth and Twenty-first century Latin American literature and culture, Latin American Poetry, Literary and Cultural Theory

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