Sophie Esch

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Office: Clark C118

Office Hours: Fall 2017: Tuesday 12:15-14:15, or by appointment

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

  • Latin American Literature & Culture
  • Mexican and Central American Literature and Music

Department: Languages, Literatures and Culture


Professor Esch, Assistant Professor of Modern Mexican Literature and Culture at Colorado State University since 2014, earned her PhD from Tulane University. Her research areas include violence, technology, gender, borders, narratives of progress and modernity, as well as ecocriticism and animal-human studies. Her main research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican and Central American literature, music, and photography. A secondary research area is the Atlantic, in particular comparative perspectives through the inclusion of Luso-African war narratives, as well as the representation of piracy and marronage in modern Latin American literature.

Her book on the cultural and political meaning of weaponry in the context of several armed conflicts in Latin America is forthcoming with the University of Pittsburgh Press (2018, Illuminations Series). The book, through an analysis of literary texts, songs, and photos, provides a critical exploration of the links between violence, technology, and modernity in the Mexican Revolution, the Nicaraguan Revolution, postwar Central America, and the drug war in Mexico.

Sophie Esch was a Global Teaching Scholar on the Fall 2016 voyage of Semester at Sea. Currently, she is a Global Environmental Sustainability Resident Fellow to work on her new research on the link between drug and wildlife trafficking in Latin American literature.


PhD, Tulane University


"¿El arma en la sociedad? La novela del desmovilizado, militarismo e introspección en la obra de Castellanos Moya” in: Perkowska, Magdalena and Zavala, Oswaldo Tiranas ficciones. Poéticas y políticas de la escritura en la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. (forthcoming)

"In the Company of Animals: Otherness, Empathy, and Community in De fronteras by Claudia Hernández”, in: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 51.3, forthcoming October 2017.

"La novela del desmovilizado: Un nuevo subgénero en la ficción centroamericana contemporánea” in: AFEHC (Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica), June 2016, no. 69.

"In the Crossfire: Rascón Banda's Contrabando and the 'Narcoliterature' Debate in Mexico." Latin American Perspectives 41.2 (2014): 161-176.

"Encuentros y desencuentros culturales en el ‘estrecho dudoso’. La constitución del espacio río San Juan por viajeros y escritores/as de las Américas.” América. Cahiers du CRICCAL, Transamériques: les échanges culturels continentaux 39 (2010): 157–163.

"Travelers and Littérateurs at the Banks of the San Juan River: Intertextual Fluxion and the Desire for Universality (in Texts by Ephraim G. Squier, Mark Twain, José Coronel Urtecho and Gioconda Belli).” Ciberletras 21 (2009).

"¿El río San Juan como ‘mausoleo de modernidades’ de Nicaragua? La negociación literaria del significado de modernidad a las orillas del río.” L’Ordinaire Latino-américain 211 (2008): 145–164.



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SPRING 2018 LSPA 496 Nature and Technology in Latin American Literature and Culture

In this course we will discuss the importance and meaning of nature and technology in Latin American literature and culture. Through the study of novels, songs, and films we will address different aspects and periods of technological and environmental concerns in Latin America: 1) extractive practices around silver and rubber 2) the intersection of war, technology, and nature; 3) city life and traffic.

SPRING 2018 LSPA 449 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Writing in Latin America

In this course we will take about a central form of Latin American writing: the testimonio. Looking at texts and documentaries by people whose voices are often excluded from the literary canon, such as indigenous women, black men, workers, the poor, militants, and children, we will discuss the meaning of history and truth, fiction and truth, of having a voice and being voiceless.

SPRING 2018 LSPA 436 Advanced Latin American Culture

In this course, the study of literary texts, music and film within their sociopolitical context will enable students to think, talk and write knowledgeably about Latin America’s diverse cultural expressions and major sociopolitical issues. The course will work along four modules: 1) Migration and Borders; 2) Cultural Contact and Clash; 3) Culture and Politics