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José Francisco Robles

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Books in Zacatecas

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(206) 543-6611
PDL C-216
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Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, El Colegio de México.
M.A., Hispanic Literature, El Colegio de México / Latin American Cultural Studies, Universidad de Chile
B.A., Hispanic Literature, Universidad de Chile

José Francisco Robles is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Washington. He earned a B.A. in Hispanic Literature and an M.A. in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Chile, as well as a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature at El Colegio de México in 2012. His research interests include science, race, philosophy, and literature in Colonial Latin America, and the relationship between literary production and knowledge in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has published articles in academic journals and book chapters in the United States and Latin America.

His first book, entitled Polemics, Literature, and Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Mexico, is the first study to comprehensively analyze the configuration of the idea of the Republic of Letters in an eighteenth-century Latin American country.

Taking a multisided approach to Mexican culture of the era, this book's analysis of literary texts engages with an exploration of such concepts as the Republic of Letters and the archive, as well as their connections to transatlantic polemics on knowledge production in the New World and debates on philosophical systems of learning. It furthermore draws upon the history of science in Mexico in order to trace the development of scientific thought and its influence on culture, religion, and fiction. This study proposes that eighteenth-century Mexican writers sought to establish a place within a global scholarly community for their local literary republic through the formation of scholarly networks, the historical exploration of the past and present, and the creation of new epistemological approaches to literary production inspired by Enlightenment ideas.

This book invites those devoted to the study of eighteenth-century cultures to engage in an examination of a lesser-explored scholarly territory and its networks, and to think about how it was heterogeneously constructed by many-sided polemics and debates found in a broad range of literary works. 

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