Victor Goldgel Carballo, 2019–2020

Passing as Open Secret: Race and Fictions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Victor Goldgel-Carballo

Víctor Goldgel-Carballo (PhD, Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley) is an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América. Prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX (Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2013), which won prizes for best book from the Latin American Studies Association and Casa de las Américas. His other publications engage with a wide range of topics, including snobbery, impostors, piracy, slavery, and spectrality. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others, he is currently at work on a book entitled Passing as Open Secret: Race and Fictions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.

Selected Publications

Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América

  • Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor. “Spectral Realism: Cecilia Valdés as Gothic Novel.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 27, no. 3 (2018): 313-29.
  • Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor. “El fantasma de la raza: simulación, caricaturas y cosméticos en la Cuba del siglo XIX.” In Miradas efímeras: cultura visual en el siglo XIX, edited by Cecilia Rodríguez Lehmann and Nathalie Bouzaglo, 177-95. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2018.
  • Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor. “Una isla pintoresca y su horroroso colorido: Aproximaciones a la modernización y la violencia en la cultura visual cubana del siglo XIX.” Decimonónica 12, no. 1 (Winter 2015): 134-50.
  • Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor. “The Reappropriation of Poverty and the Art of ‘Making Do’ in Contemporary Argentina Cultural Productions.” The Global South 8, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 112-27.
  • Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor. Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América: prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX. Metamorfosis. Buenos Aires: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 2013.