The forty-sixth

Louisville Conference

on Literature and Culture since 1900

February 22-24, 2018

Antonio D. Tillis

"Spanish-American Literature: From National Literary Discourse to the Afro-Hispanic."

Antonio D. Tillis – February 23 – 3:15 pm – Chao Auditorium




Antonio D. Tillis currently works as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston where he is also M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. Tillis has published Manuel Zapata Olivella and the "Darkening" of Latin American Literature (Missouri, 2005); Caribbean-African…Upon Awakening: Poetry by Blas Jiménez (Mango, 2010), and Manuel Zapata Olivella e o escurecimento da literatura latinoamericana (State University of Rio de Janeiro Press, 2012). He has also edited or co-edited the volumes (Re) Considering Blackness in Afro-Brazilian (Con) Texts: A Cultural Studies Reader (Peter Lang, 2011), The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy. (Peter Lang, 2015),and Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature (Routledge, 2011). His current research focuses on the works of Dominican-American writers Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, Loida Martiza Peréz, and Junot Diaz. Tillis is past president of the College Language Association. He serves on numerous editorial boards in the area of Latin American Studies and particularly the field of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture.

Picture from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston website,