Romance Languages and Literatures

Ebenezer Concepción

Graduate Student


Program: Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Research Interests: 

Intersection of sex, gender, and race in Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Subjects of Ambiguity: Towards a (Re)Vision of Inversion in the Narrative of Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940)


Current Student

Ebenezer is a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in Union City, New Jersey. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) in Spanish and in Latin American & Latino Studies. He joined the Spanish PhD program at UChicago in fall 2012 and focuses on Latin American literatures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly those of the Hispanic Caribbean. His research explores the intersection of sex, gender, and race in twentieth-century Cuban narrative and how it often warrants a postmodern approach to literary criticism and analysis. He has a strong interest in bringing texts to bear on issues of sex and gender expression and identity, subject formation, nation building, authority, and transnational/transatlantic processes of racialization in order to offer different interpretations of them for their readership. His dissertation will focus on the works of Cuban writer Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940) and the construction of sexed, gendered, and racialized subjects at the turn of the nineteenth century.