Interdisciplinary approaches to literature; Modern Latin American literature; European and Latin American literary relations; the Faustian tradition; theory and practice of comparative civilizational analysis; comparative colonizations; the discovery of America; Freud, Jung, and the history of psychoanalysis; phenomenology and hermeneutics; Indian English literature
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Spanish & Portuguese
Harvard University (1976)
Books and monographs
Perspectives on Faust. Editor. 1983.
Gabriel García Márquez: La línea, el círculo y las metamorfosis del mito. Author. 1984.
The New World, the New Man, and Latin America. Editor. 1985.
Myth and the Modern Novel. Author. 1987.
Comparative Literature in the Nineties. Co-editor. 1993
The Narrow Bridge: Beyond the Holocaust. Co-author. 2000.
The Janus Perspective in Comparative Civilizations. Editor. 2001.
About 70 other publications, including major encyclopedia articles on Spanish-American authors and the history of Spanish-American literature, as well as essays on Germanic subjects, English literature, Latin American literature, cannibalism as a perceived fact and idea in the colonization of the New World, and on theoretical issues in cross-cultural analysis.
Two fellowships each from the Newberry Library, the John Carter Brown Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Distinguished Extramural Professor of Humanities and Literature at the Universidad del Valle (in Colombia), since 1997.
“Order of Merit in Art and Culture Pedro Morales Pino”, from Colombia, 1998, for contributions to Colombian letters.
Past President of three learnèd societies: the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, the Association of Departments and Programs of Comparative Literature, and the Association of Colombianists.