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Jorge Camacho

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 704
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Jorge Camacho (University of Toronto, 2000) is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at USC.  He has published more than 60 articles, notes, and book chapters in top refereed journals and scholarly collections such as Iberoamericana, Hispanófila and the Oxford Literary Cultures of Latin America. His articles cover a wide variety of topics from Colonial Caribbean literature to the Cuban revolution.

In 2013, the University of North Carolina Press published Prof. Camacho’s second book, Etnografía, política y poder: José Martí y la cuestión indígena, which has been hailed as “a book driven by the need to question stablished consensus in the field of martian studies”,   “a fundamental book, that should be mandatory for anyone that takes seriously the discussion on José Marti’s ideas”  and  a “landmark study about José Martí” that “will change forever not only our interpretation of Martí's famous essay but even Martí's relation to "Nuestra América."

In his book “Camacho has demonstrated that practically everything that is standard received knowledge on this subject was not only wrong, but wrong in the worst possible way, that is, the truth was the opposite of the popular belief supported by popular scholarship.”

In 2015, Prof. Camacho published his latest book Miedo negro, poder blanco en la Cuba colonial, (Iberoamericana-Verveut) a study on the fears of black slaves and their descendants in Cuba during colonial times: fears of a slave revolt, language corruption, racial miscegenation, music  and religion, among others.

Furthermore, he recently uncovered a previously unknown translation made by José Martí and a group of friends for the Argentinian government in 1893, Argument for the Argentine Republic Upon the Question with Brazil and two chronicles written by Alejo Carpentier for a surrealist journal in France.

His next project is a book on the literature produced during the wars of independence in Cuba: Amos, siervos y revolucionarios (1868-1898).