Jaime Acosta Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University. His dissertation, Writing in the Interregnum: Fiction, Form and Neoliberalism examines how contemporary fiction, film and photography encode the breakdown of the interstate geopolitical system and the indeterminacy of the present. Inside of this interregnum, he argues that the works of César Aira, Roberto Bolaño, Francisco Goldman, Karen Tei Yamashita and Juan Villoro, among others, signal the exhaustion of liberal democracy and the urgency to imagine democratic alternatives beyond neoliberalism.
His research interests include American and Latin American literature, Marxism and contemporary photography. He has recently co-edited a special issue of Polygraph on the theme of "Neoliberalism and Social Reproduction."
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Bass Teaching Fellowship awarded by The Graduate School (2019 to 2020)
Conference Travel Grant awarded by The Program in Literature (2019)
Global Teaching Fellowship awarded by International Comparative Studies (2018 to 2019)
Conference Travel Grant awarded by The Program in Literature (2018)
Summer Travel Grant awarded by Franklin Humanities Institute (2014)
Dean’s Graduate Fellowship awarded by The Graduate School (2013 to 2018)