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.
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)