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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina
Jorge Camacho 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 established 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 he published Miedo negro, poder blanco en la Cuba colonial (Iberoamericana-Verveut) a study on the fears of black slaves and their descendants in the island 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 for the Argentinian government in 1893, Argument for the Argentine Republic Upon the Question with Brazil, two chronicles written by Alejo Carpentier for a surrealist journal in France, and fifty (50) previously unknown articles written by José Martí for two journals that he edited in the United States, El Economista Americano and La América. The original issues where these articles appeared are lost, but Prof. Camacho found them in journals in México, Panamá, and Argentina that reprinted them at the time.
“Las toman donde las hallan!” Once textos inéditos de José Martí (Miami: Alexandria Library, 2015).
El Economista Americano en México. Crónicas desconocidas de José Martí (Miami: Alexandria Library, 2016).
El Poeta en el Mercado de Nueva York. Nuevas crónicas de José Martí en el Economista Americano (Editorial Caligrama, 2016).
Prof. Camacho has made his book on Martí’s chronicles published in Panamá available for free download. If you are interested, download a PDF copy of the book here. In lieu of the purchase price, make a donation to “My Amigos Bilingual Education Center,” the only not-for-profit organization in the South Carolina Midlands focused on bringing bilingual education to the State.