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Dr. Arthur Hughes

Director, Latin American Studies
Associate Professor of Spanish


Dr. Arthur Hughes is Director of Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages. He received his B.A and M.B.A from the University of Ghana, Legon, a Spanish Philology Licenciature from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature and culture from the Arizona State University.

Dr. Hughes focuses on literary and cultural studies of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, with an emphasis on the African element in their cultural representations. His studies examine film, music, literature, and popular culture in Portuguese and Spanish, with the aim of signaling common themes and major differences.

Dr. Hughes’s articles have appeared in many journals such as Latin American Research Review, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Luso-Brazilian Review, and Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos.

His current book project, provisionally entitled Traumatic Modernities in Postcolonial Lusophone Culture, postulates trauma as a result of the clash of modernities under Portuguese colonization. It highlights the traumatized representation of social practices such as gender and religion within marital relations, the unsettled coexistence of different ethnicities, the impact of cross-Oceanic connections, and lastly the effect of this trauma in representing the national body.





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