Antonio López

Antonio Lopez
Title:
Associate Professor of English
Office:
Phillips Hall, Room 525
Phone:
202-994-1925
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Latinx; African diaspora; hemispheric American; literary and cultural theory.

Associate Professor of English and Interim Chair, Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Current Research

Antonio López works on Latinx literature and culture from the colonial era to the contemporary period.  His current book project considers the literatures and cultures of indigeneity, swamplands, and Cuban diaspora in South Florida.

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2005.

B.A., Florida State University, 1994.

A.A., Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, 1991.

Publications

Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America (New York: New York University Press, 2012). 

Honorable Mention, Modern Language Association Book Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies, 2014.  Citation: Antonio López’s Unbecoming Blackness shows the demonstrable imprint of Cuban blackness on the cultural history of United States latinidad. With careful attention to performance, theater, archival work, photography, and memoir from the periods before 1959 and after 1980, López’s book offers Latina/o and Chicana/o studies a method for refusing to silence race in the process of archive building, in literary analysis, and in observation of the cultural interactions among African Americans and United States-based Puerto Ricans and Cubans. López’s book nimbly reads across a wide range of genres and cultural forms—journalism, rap lyrics, Miami slang, accounts of the Miami race riot of 1980, proverbs, and testimonio—in a way that teaches us new strategies for bringing literary-critical interpretative tools to the task of reconstructing America cultural history.

"Oratory, Memoir, and Theater: Performances of Race and Class in the Early Twentieth-Century Latina/o Public Sphere," in The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature, ed. John Morán González and Laura Lomas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). 

“To Be Black in Cuba,” The Chronicle Review, Volume 60, Issue 7 (October 14, 2013).

“Cosa de Blancos: Cuban-American Whiteness and the Afro-Cuban-Occupied House,” Latino Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, Summer 2010.

“Enrique Patterson: Black Cuban Intellectual in Cuban Miami,” in The [email protected] Reader: History and Culture in the United States, ed. Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).