Assistant Professor
Office: HMNSS 2423


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


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 forthcoming book Nobody, Noting, Never: A Poetics of Transliterature, centers on the work of 20th century Latin American authors such as José Emilio Pacheco, Salvador Elizondo, Eduardo Lalo, 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 tracing the corpus, project and definition of a “Latin American Antiphilosophy,” and a theory and analysis of what she calls the “New Chronicles of the Indies.” Her fields of interest include Latin American literature (emphasis on Mexico), aesthetic forms, music, psychoanalysis, critical theory and European and Latin American philosophy.