Languages and Literatures


Oscar J. Montero

MonteroOscar Montero is professor of Latin American literature at Lehman College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of The Name Game (Chapel Hill, 1988) on Cuban writer Severo Sarduy; Erotismo y representación en Julián del Casal (Amsterdam, 1993); and José Martí: an Introduction (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004). Montero’s play Las rutas de Julia de Burgos, based on the life and works of the Puerto Rican writer, had a staged reading at Lehman College during the symposium The City in Hispanic Literatures, April 2, 2011. The play has also been presented at Baruch College. An English version of the play was presented at the Tribeca Peforming Arts Center of BMCC, November 2011. Information about the play, which is produced by IATI Theatre, may be found at A review of the play may be found at

During the spring semester 2011, Montero taught a graduate seminar at Columbia University. On April 11 2011, he presented a paper titled “Julia de Burgos in New York” at the Colloquium of the Modern Languages Department, BMCC. Montero´s article on José Martí, “José Martí: Exile in New York” is included in the volume Cuba, published by Gale Cengage in 2012. Montero has been visiting professor at Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and State University of New York in Stony Brook, N. Y.

Selected articles:

  • Sylvia Molloy. “Desarticulaciones de Sylvia Molloy: tácticas del olvido”. La Habana Elegante.
  • "La prosa neoyorquina de Julia de Burgos: 'la cosa latina' en 'mi segunda casa'”. Ciberletras 20 (December 2008).
  • Julián del Casal. In M. A. Salgado (Vol. Ed). Dictionary of literary biography: Vol 283. Modern Spanish American poets. (1st ser., pp. 76-85). New York: Thompson/Gale, 2003.
  • “Casal y Maceo en La Habana elegante.” Casa de las Américas 225 (octubre-diciembre, 2001): 57-70.
  • “Casal and Maceo: Art, War and Race in Colonial Havana.” Ciberletras 1 (August 1999).
  • “The Signifying Queen: Critical Notes from a Latino Queer.” Hispanisms and Homosexualities. Ed. Sylvia Molloy and Robert M. Irwin. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.
  • “Notes for a Queer Reading of Latin American Literature.” Queer Representations. Reading Lives. Reading Cultures. Ed. Martin Duberman. New York University Press, 1997.
  • “Modernismo and Homophobia: Darío and Rodó.” Sex and Sexuality in Latin America. Ed. Daniel Balderston and Donna J. Guy. New York University Press, 1997.
  • “Escritura y perversión en De sobremesa.” Revista Iberoamericana 63.178-9 (enero-junio 1997): 249-261.
  • “Hellenism and Homophobia in José Enrique Rodó.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 31.1 (enero 1997): 25-39.
  • “Julián del Casal and the Queers of Havana.” ¿Entiendes. Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings. Ed. Emilie Bergmann and Paul Julian Smith. Duke University Press, 1995.
  • “Modernismo y ‘degeneración’: Los raros de Darío.” Revista Iberoamericana 62.176-7 (julio-diciembre 1996): 821-834.

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