Jaime Orrego

Jaime Orrego

Professor & Department Chair




2008 - Ph.D., The University of Iowa.  Latin American Literature.
2002 - M.A., Illinois State University, Latin American Literature
1999 - B.S., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Industrial Enginerring

My research focuses on the question of violence in Colombian literature.  I use a semiotic approach that focuses on the interactions between cultural space, individual desire and the events that unfold in the narratives. Through this approach I develop a typology of narrative demonstrating how the view of the city, countryside, class system, and modernization constantly shifted perspectives while remaining profoundly engaged with the local realities in Colombia.

My secondary research focus is the Latin American Regional novel and Nineteenth century literature.  I am interested in these topics because much too often the Latin American countries are grouped as a single mass without making careful distinction between them. The Nineteenth century novels were very important for the formation of the different nations in Latin America right after the Independence from Spain, and the regional novels during the arrival of modernization.