Cal Poly Pomona

Kent L Dickson

Associate Professor | Latin American Literature

On sabbatical for Academic Year 2013-14. Returning Fall 2014.

Course Information

Please consult course schedule for current offerings.

    • SPN 499--Special Topics (Spanish American Detective Fiction)
    • SPN 499--Special Topics (Spanish American Poetry)
    • SPN 456--Latin American Women Writers
    • SPN 455--Literature of Mexico
    • SPN 454--Spanish Golden Age Literature
    • SPN 358--Survey of Latin American Literature
    • SPN 356--Survey of Spanish Literature
    • SPN 355--Contemporary Latin American Civilization
    • SPN 350--Advanced Spanish Conversation
    • SPN 256--Introduction to Modern Fiction
    • SPN 253--Intermediate Spanish Conversation
    • SPN 251--Intermediate Spanish
    • SPN 151--Elementary Spanish


Short Biography

Kent Dickson is Associate Professor of Spanish at Cal Poly Pomona, a job he has held since 2006. His recent research has focused on affect, considered discursively, in Peruvian literature and life from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries; on post-2003 fictional portrayals of the Sendero Luminoso "internal war" in Peru; and on anthropological discourses in Latin American Surrealism. He has published or presented several times in each area. His dissertation, written under the guidance of Efraín Kristal and titled César Moro and Xavier Villaurrutia: The Politics in Eros (2005), dealt with politics and gender in two vanguard poets associated with Surrealism or surrealizing tendencies, and more generally with the rich though largely unexplored connections between the Mexican Contemporáneos group and the wartime surrealists in exile in Mexico City. His teaching interests include Latin American literature and culture, beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish language, Iberian Spanish literature and culture, and service learning. He lives with his family in Pasadena, California.


Research: Recent publications

  • “Surrealist Views, American Landscapes: Notes on Wolfgang Paalen’s Ruin Gazing.” Journal of Surrealism and the Americas. 7: 2. Forthcoming.
  • “Trauma and Trauma Discourse: Peruvian Fiction after the CVR.”  Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana.  41: 1 (2013). 64-76.
  • “Making the Stone Speak: César Moro and the Object.”  Debates on Surrealism in Latin America: Vivísimo muerto.  Dawn Ades, Rita Eder and Graciela Speranza eds.  Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2012.


Research: Recent presentations and invited lectures

  • “El objeto etnográfico: tres perspectivas desde Arguedas.” Invited lecture. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Lima, November 14, 2013.
  • “Una excursión por México en auto. Guías turísticas, 1925-1940.” XIX Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference, Irvine, CA, April 26, 2013.
  • “The Human(e) and the Citizen: Antislavery Sentiment and the Birth of Indigenismo.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, October 19, 2012.
  • “Surrealist Views, American Landscapes.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, January 8, 2012. Program arranged by the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism.
  • “Cartoon Violence: Rupay, the Photojournalistic Archive, and the Sendero War.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, January 5, 2012. Program arranged by the MLA Division on Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature.
  • Dyn, El Hijo Pródigo y las máscaras del surrealismo.” XIV Colloquium on Mexican Literature, UC Santa Barbara and UC Mexicanistas Intercampus Research Group, Santa Barbara, California, November 4, 2011.
  • “Material Primitivism: Moro, Arguedas and the Object.”  Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, CA, January 8, 2011.  Special session panel chaired by Mabel Moraña.


Research: Work in progress

His manuscript project, Literary Sympathies, Republican Citizenship, examines the role of public emotions such as sympathy and compassion in literary texts from Peru, and more broadly in liberal, republican citizenship, from the end of the eighteenth through the middle of the twentieth centuries.