Assistant Professor
Office: HMNSS 2423
christina.sotovanderplas@ucr.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., 2016, Cornell University
  • B.A. (Licenciatura), 2011, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México

Biography

Christina Soto van der Plas received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University in August of 2016. Her research and book project, “A Poetics of Transliterature,” centers on the work of 20th century Latin American authors such as José Emilio Pacheco, Salvador Elizondo, Macedonio Fernández, among others, to propose that literature is a kind of thought and, as such, is able to traverse geographies, genres, identities and aesthetic categories by voiding and avoiding three core components of modern narrative: plot, character, and time as cause and effect. In her current research projects she is focusing on the material support of writing in relation to literary forms, the corpus, project and definition of a “Latin American philosophy,” (from the 19th century onward) and the relationship between madness and critical thought. Her fields of interest include Latin American literature (emphasis on Mexico), aesthetic forms, music, psychoanalysis, critical theory and European and Latin American philosophy.