César Soto

Graduate Instructor, University Writing Program

Degrees
PhD student, English, University of Notre Dame. M.A. English (2012) & B.A. Honors English & Chicana/o Studies (2008), California State University at Northridge.

Profile
César is interested in interrogating the postcoloniality of Mexican-American Literature and identity to pave the way for comparative work that will consider Irish and Chicana/o writings under the rubric of "postimperial literature". Methodologically, he is in search of a socio-historical approach that can account for the striking similarities in the genres and modes used in both cases for the purpose of nation-building: pre-colonial myth, folklore, protest balladry, and nationalist theatres. More broadly, César is interested in how different versions of Empire (classic and neo-imperialist), and their interrelations with capitalist development, inform the makings of nations, individual subjects, and the production of history.

Recent Scholarly Activity
César has worked on the writings of the Godwin-Wollstonecraft-Shelley literary circle and has presented his research at two North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) conferences (2010, 2011).

Contact Information
300 O'Shaughnessy Hall (Office Hours)
205 Coleman Morse (Mailbox)
csoto@nd.edu