Department Chair
427 Anderson Hall


19th and 20th Centuries Spanish American Literature, Cultural Discourses of Modernity and National Formation, Displacement and Testimonio, Disruptive Humor, Classic Fairy Tale Discourse and its Subversive Retellings.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Hiram Aldarondo received his bachelor degree from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, and his master degree from Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago, with a dissertation on Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University, where he also serves as Director of Temple’s Latin American Studies Program and major, as well as Director of the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS).

His areas of specialization are 19th and 20th century Latin American literature. His current research agenda focuses on the use and role of classic fairy tale discourse in Latin American literature, and its humor and subversive retellings. It includes new versions by such authors as Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Rubén Darío, José Santos Chocano, María Luisa Bombal, Dulce María Loynaz, Gabriel García Márquez, Senel Paz, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferré, Ana Lydia Vega, and Guillermo Saavedra.

At Temple, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Spanish American short fiction, foundational novels, and Southern Cone writers. He tries to formulate courses in which teaching intersects with research, in order to bring his research interests into the classroom, and communicate them both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minority Scholars, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and MacArthur Foundation Research Fellowship.

Selected Publications

  • “La crónica periodística y la imaginación modernista de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.” La crónica literaria en Hispanoamérica. Ed. Abelardo Santos. Editorial Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2012: 598-623.
  • “Gradaciones del discurso: el humor agridulce en la narrativa de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.” Nuevos Estudios críticos de la obra de Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera . Ed. Yolanda Cortés. Mexico: Consejo de Educación y Cultura, 2005: 132-142.
  • “Barbarrosa enfrenta a Barbazul: debate paródico entre Charles Perrault, Silvina Ocampo y Luisa Valenzuela.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies LXXX/6 (2003): 729-742.
  • “Embestida a la burguesía: humor, parodia y sátira en los últimos relatos de Silvina Ocampo.” Revista Iberoamericana LXVIII/201 (October/December 2002): 969-979.

Courses Taught

  • Imagining the Nations: Race, Politics & Literature in Latin American
  • Latin American Gothic and Fantastic: Dark Fantasies, Real Phobias and the Return of the Repressed
  • Erase una vez: Fairy Tale Discourse in Latin American Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Spanish America and The National Family Romance
  • Qué risa: Disruptive Humor in Literature
  • Revolutionaries, Lovers and Outlaws in Latin America Romanticism