Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Héctor García Chávez

Title/s:  Director of Graduate Program in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies
Senior Lecturer of Spanish

Office #:  CC206B

Phone: 773.508.2863

Email: hgarci1@luc.edu


  • M.A. and Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Graduate Studies, Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil
  • B.A. with Honours, Amherst College (Art History & Spanish, Five Colleges Latin American Studies Certificate)

Research Interests

  • XX/XXI Latin American Literatures
  • Mexican Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies & Queer Theory
  • Ibero-American Transatlantic & Postcolonialism Studies
  • Latin@ Studies, Border Studies
  • Contemporary Iberian, Latin@ and Latin American Cinema
  • Latin American Cultural Studies and Transnationalism 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Director, Summer Program in Palma de Mallorca (2011, 2012), Córdoba, España (2013, 2014)
  • Director, Hank Center´s 2014 Chicago Catholic Immigration Conference: The Mexicans:  http://ecommons.luc.edu/ccic/

Courses Taught

  • HONR 208: Encountering Latin America
  • SPAN 270 & 271: Canonical Iberian Peninsular Texts, I, II
  • SPAN 352: Obras maestras de América Latina
  • SPAN 389: El legado cuentístico latinoamericano
  • SPAN 397 Literatura y cine mexicano contemporáneo
  • SPAN 480: Novelas ejemplares latinoamericanas: siglos XX/XXI
  • SPAN 487: Manifiestos de narrativa 'revolucionaria' y 'dictatorial' en América Latina
  • WSGS 380/480: Queer Theory


  • Sujack Master Teacher

Selected Publications

  • Roberto Bolaño, Enrique Serna and Juan Villoro: Parody, Dark Humor, and Literary Wit in Contemporary Mexican Literature, book project with US publisher  (in progress).
  • “ ‘Fefu and her Friends’: Performance as a method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry,” group article in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Rutgers University Press), (peer reviewed, in progress).
  • “Enrique Serna and Juan Villoro: Parody, Dark Humor and Literary Wit in Contemporary Mexican
  • Literature,” Special Session “El humor en la literatura mexicana”, LASA, Chicago, May 2014.
  • “Inverts”, “Degenerates” and “Perverts” in México City and Barcelona: Peripheral Voices Subverting the Global City,” (ACLA), NYU, March 2014.
  • “Procurando un espacio 'queer' en la narrativa de Enrique Serna,” “Literatura ‘queer’ contemporánea: subversions de la masculinidad hegemónica latinoamericana,” Special Session Presider and Program Organizer, 2014 MLA, Chicago, January 2014.
  • “Teaching Queer Theory as a Transformative Teaching Tool,” LGBT Psychology and Related Fields
  • Coming Out for LGBT Psychology in the Current International Scenario, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (IUL), Lisboa, Portugal, June 2013.
  • “Carlos Fuentes, una breve biografía,” La Raza, Chicago ImpreMedia Digital, 2nd of November 2012.
  • “Hélice neobarroca: La imagen de México en la narrativa de Carpentier,” in Actas XXXVII IILI, Universidad de Las Américas, Puebla, June 2008.
  • “Ilan Stavans and the Rise of Transnational Latino Fiction,” in The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories (Northwestern University Press on-line promotional material, 2007).
  • “Filomeno: El negro subversivo como motivo histórico literario,” ejemplar: El siglo de Alejo Carpentier (La Habana, Casa de las Américas, número 238, 2005).
  • “Latino presence in Illinois,” in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society (Danbury, Grolier Publishing, 2005).
  • “Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language,” in Amherst Quarterly Magazine, Spring, 2004.