Spanish American and Caribbean Literature, political theory, revolutionary discourse, European Continental Philosophy
Ph.D. and M.A. New York University
B.A University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras)
Dafne Almar Duchesne-Sotomayor is an Assistant Professor at SFC and was previously a Lecturer at Rutgers University (New Brunswick). She has a Ph.D and M.A in Comparative Literature from New York University, from which she graduated with honors for her dissertation. She also holds a B.A. with a double major in Comparative Literature and French from the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras) from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In 2008, she studied French Literature in Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her specialization is in Spanish American and Caribbean 20th century literature and her research interests are in political theory, revolutionary discourse, European Continental Philosophy, Latin American Science Fiction, among others. Her current book project is on the intersection between voice, politics, and language in the transition from the revolution to the nation-state in Spanish America and the Caribbean. Her most recent peer-reviewed publication, “¿Qué ocurre cuando el zombie habla? Malashierbas de Pedro Cabiya” (Editora Educación Emergente, 2020) analyzes the zombie as an embodiment of the postcolonial subject in the narrative of the Puerto Rican writer Pedro Cabiya. Dafne has also published in various peer-reviewed journals such as Confines (Argentina), Revista Iberoamericana (University of Pittsburgh), Research in African Literatures (Indiana UP), Revista Hispamérica (University of Maryland-College Park), and Kipus, Revista Andina de Letras (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar). As part of her institutional service, Dafne has served as President and member of the Executive Committee at the Puerto Rican, LLC at the Modern Language Association and has presented at various international and local conferences at LASA, LASA Conosur (Uruguay), Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), American Association of Comparative Literature (Toronto), Caribbean Studies Association (Santa Marta, Colombia) and the Congreso Revista Iberoamericana (Bogotá, Pittsburgh).
Dafne is originally from Puerto Rico, where she grew up, and is a native Spanish speaker. In her free-time, she enjoys practicing yoga and pilates, spending time with her family, playing with her cats Oscar and Giorgio, traveling, and visiting her native country.