Bécquer Seguín

Assistant Professor of Iberian Studies

Program: Spanish
Gilman 490
Tuesday 4-5 p.m. or by appointment

Bécquer Seguín is Assistant Professor of Iberian Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Advanced Media Studies and the Program in Latin American Studies as well as a core faculty member of the Latin America in a Globalizing World project. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon and John E. Sawyer Seminar Fellow and Graduate School Dean’s Scholar.

His research explores the cultural, political, and historical events that connect Europe and Latin America in the modern period. In addition to literature and literary history, he also works in film studies, art history, and political theory. His current research focuses on cultural responses to economic crises in modern Iberia, from the nineteenth century to the present. 

Professor Seguín’s scholarly articles, translations, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in boundary 2Hispanic Review, diacritics, ARTMargins, Radical Philosophy, Hispania, Postmodern Culture, and other journals and edited volumes. He is the co-editor, with Ana Sabau, of the forthcoming dossier “Political Romanticism in the Americas” and the editor of the forthcoming volume “Legacies of the Spanish Crisis.” He serves as an Advisory Editor for boundary 2 and an Editor for MLN.

In addition to his scholarship, he writes essays and criticism for The Nation, Slate, Dissent, and other periodicals. He also provides commentary for WNYC, CNBC, and other television and radio stations. With Stephen Twilley, he co-edits the section on Literature in Translation for the magazine Public Books.

Professor Seguín teaches courses on a range of subjects, from modern Iberia and comparative literature to art history and political theory. Below is a partial list of such courses:

  • Readings in Contemporary Literary Criticism and Theory (Graduate)
  • Populism
  • Literature of the Great Recession
  • Catalonia and Independence
  • Wild Surrealism: Lorca, Dalí, Buñuel
  • Contemporaneity and Crisis (Graduate)
  • Novelist Intellectuals


  • “Legacies of the Spanish Crisis.” Special issue of boundary 2 (forthcoming).
  • “Political Romanticism in the Americas.” Co-edited with Ana Sabau. Special issue of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 28.1 (2019).

Articles and Chapters

Other Academic Writing

In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Seguín contributes essays and criticism to The Nation, Slate, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public BooksThe AwlDissent, Jacobin, and other periodicals. He is also a Section Editor at Public Books, where he commissions, reviews, and edits essays on literature in translation. Below you’ll find a selection of reported pieces, literary and film criticism, essays, and commentary.

He also provides commentary for WNYC, CNBC, and other television and radio stations.