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Kevin Sedeno-Guillen


Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2017

M.A., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2016

B.A., Literary Studies, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 2010


Dr. Kevin Sedeño-Guillén is a visiting assistant professor in the Spanish and Portuguese department. He is a Latin Americanist with an emphasis in colonial Latin America and a comparative focus in the Caribbean and Andean regions. His main area of expertise is the historiography of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American literary criticism. He has experience teaching Spanish Language at all levels, but he has a special concentration on academic and creative writing coaching. He has widely published on Reinaldo Arenas, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Pedro Blas Julio, Rómulo Bustos Aguirre, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, José Lezama Lima, Dulce María Loynaz, Rafael María Merchán, Manuel del Socorro Rodríguez, and María Zambrano, among other authors. He co-edited the collection of essays La narrativa de Mayra Montero: hacia una literatura transnacional caribeña (2008). Sedeño-Guillén’s research has been generously supported by the Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, Cuban Heritage Collection of University of Miami, University of Kentucky Graduate School and Ibero-American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. He is currently working to transform his dissertation, Modernidades contra-natura: crítica ilustrada, prensa periódica y cultura manuscrita en el siglo XVIII americano, into a book. In Spring 2019 he will teach a specialized course that addresses the construction of political, social, racial, and gender identities and bodies in the Spanish-American colonial period and the nineteenth century.

Research and Teaching Interests

Colonial and Postcolonial Theories and Literatures in a Comparative Perspective

Eighteenth-Century Spanish-American Literary Historiography and Criticism

Transatlantic Studies

Book, Reading and Library History

Twentieth-Century Caribbean Literature & Culture

Island Studies

Biography Studies