Comparative Literature
Department Chair:
Jed Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Snell

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8345

King Building 125
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature

Contact Information


Peters 407
(440) 775-8922

Personal Office Hours:
Wednesday 9:30-11:30 and by appointment.

Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University, 1980
  • Master of Arts, Yale University, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1994

Selected publications See the full list:

Latin American Fiction and the Narratives of the Perverse: Paper Dolls and Spider Women (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

"The Anxiety of the Avunculate: Lezama Lima Reads Martía and Casal," Latin American Literary Review 33.66 (2005): 145-174.

"John Rechy," for Latino and Latina Writers, Alan West, ed. (Scribner's and Gale Group, 2004).

"César Aira's Life in Pink: Beyond Gender Games in Cómo me hice monja," Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, XXV.2 (2001): 259-76.

"Deleitando, dilatando, delatando: Una multiplicidad de lectores para El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes," Revista Iberoamericana, 62.175 (1996): 335-60.

"Melancolía Porteña' and Survivor's Guilt: A Benjaminian Reading of Cortázar's El examen," Latin American Literary Review XXIII.46 (1995): 5-32.

(With Jorge Salessi) "For Carnival, Clinic, and Camera: Fin-de-Siècle Argentine Drag Culture Performs 'Woman,"' in Diana Taylor and Juan Villegas, ed., Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality and Theatricality in Latin/o America, Duke University Press, 1994, 257-74.

Research interests:
Post-Dictatorship Southern Cone Literature 

Surrealism and Other Avant-Garde Latin American Prose 

Spanish and Latin American Cinema 

Queer and Psychoanalytic Theory in Latin America 

The Novelists of "El Boom" (Cortázar, García Marquez, Donoso, Fuentes) 

Theories of Modernism and Post-Modernism

U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures
Literature and Politics of Central America

Courses taught in past years:
CMPL 200 Introduction to Comparative Literature
HISP 202 Intermediate Spanish I 

HISP 318 Survey of Spanish Literature II 

HISP 322 Visions of Mexican Women 

HISP 335 Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Narrative (in English)

HISP 355 The New Hollywood-Mexico Connection (in English)
HISP 422 Literature and Politics of Central America
HISP 435 Islands of History: Twentieth Century Cuban and Puerto Rican 
HISP 436 Literatures of the Dirty Wars

HISP 452 After Boom and Bust: Latin American Literature Since 1987

HISP 458 Fantasy and Violence in Argentine Literature, 1930-1955 

FYSP 150 Questioning Reality:  The North and South American Fantastic 
(in English)

FYSP 151 Surrealist Prose of the Americas (in English)