19th and 20th-century Spanish-American Literature
(Ph.D., Harvard University 1995)
Areas of instruction and research: Nineteenth and twentieth-century Spanish-American literature, from the Romantics to the Avant-Garde, with a special focus on Hispanic Modernismo and Posmodernismo. Additional areas of interest: poetry and poetics; modern philosophy and history of ideas; contemporary literary theory; Cuban and Puerto Rican literature; nineteenth century Peninsular, and contemporary Spanish-American literature.
Books: the neobarroque novella La estación florida (Isla Negra, 1997), a full-length monograph on El lenguaje y la poesía de Julio Herrera y Reissig (Biblioteca de Marcha, 1999), and a PEN Club Award-winning collection of short stories, La vida vulgar (Isla Negra, 2004). Prof. Castillo has also published a variety of scholarly articles on Spanish American Romanticism, Modernismo, Posmodernismo, and the Avant-Garde.
Work in progress: a study of the critical reception of the poetry of Rubén Darío among the Spanish American Posmodernistas.