Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish
Modern Languages and Classics
Charlie Geyer received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University in 2019 and is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ball State University. He has taught both Spanish and Portuguese language at a variety of levels, as well as introductory and advanced courses in Latin American literature and cultural studies. He specializes in the comparative study of contemporary Brazilian, Spanish American, and Latinx literatures, with a focus on the political force of the artistic production of marginalized Latin American and Latinx groups. In his current book manuscript, tentatively titled Disturbing Beauty: Aesthetics, Politics, and Marginality in Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Literature, he studies the way in which marginalized groups are represented in public discourse as grotesque, revolting, or threatening, and the manner in which literature in Spanish America, Brazil, and the Latinx United States offers a contestatory discourse through finding beauty in stigmatized bodies and spaces.
“Re-Thinking Todorov: The Fantastic and the Ironic in Memorias Póstumas de Brás Cubas
and ‘O pirotécnico Zacarias.’” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana,
vol. 47, no. 2, 2018, pp. 176-89.
“Creolizing the Canon: Manuel Puig, Junot Díaz, and the Latino Poetics of Relation.” The Comparatist
, vol. 43, 2019, pp. 173-93.
“Abject Failure and Utopian Longing in the Lower East Side: The Poetry and Performance of Miguel Piñero.” (In press at CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
, forthcoming Summer 2021).