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Miguel Caballero Vazquez

  • Spanish and Portuguese
Position: Graduate Student
  • Spanish Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Office: 021 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-1953


Miguel Caballero holds a licenciatura in Spanish Philology (UNED, Spain) and an MA in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Literature (Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands). He is a fourth year PhD candidate, interested in the relationships between architecture and literature; landscape and history; theory and literary representations of space; memory and politics of symbolic reparation; museums, monuments and memorials; micropolitics and everyday life.

His dissertation explores the archaeological dialectics of burying/unearthing to study the return of history in four projects of modernist architects in Ibero-America (1928-1968): Francisco Mujica’s Neo-Precolumbian Modern Metropolis in Post-revolutionary Mexico, the burying of monuments in besieged Madrid by avant-garde architects during the civil war, the aesthetics of catacombs and underground in Niemeyer and Costa’s Brasilia, and the procedure of “building on top of” in Havana’s Schools of Arts. This dissertation considers architecture in a broad cultural context, particularly in its relation to literature, and seeks to answer the following questions: if the most radical cases of modernist architecture proscribe history and propose the mythical horizon of tabula rasa, what architectural forms this negation produces? How does it build a des-historicized landscape? How does local, national and transnational histories return?

Caballero has presented papers in several international conferences on varied topics such as space and videogames, architectural avant-gardes during the Spanish Civil War, the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington DC, Clarice Lispector and somnambulism, underground Brasilia, (a)sexuality and the modern city, counter-monumentality, urban memory and contemporary visual arts. A sample of his work was published in Cabinet Magazine, Issue 54 (summer 2014).

He is co-editor of the book Imágenes y realismos en América Latina (Leiden, The Netherlands: Almenara, 2014).

He is also the founder of Princeton Psychoanalysis Reading Group.

During the spring 2015, he was the Graduate Resident Director of Princeton in Cuba.

Courses taught:

TA LAS357. Mario Vargas Llosa: Politics and Literature in Latin America (with Mario Vargas Llosa as visiting lecturer). Fall 2015.

Assistant LAS325. Havana: Urban Culture in Latin America. Spring 2015

Assistant LAS307. Cuban Literature, History and Politics. Spring 2015.

SPA107. Intermediate/Advanced Spanish. Fall 2014.

TA ECS321/SPA333/COM389. Cultural Systems: Proust, Freud, Borges. Spring 2014.

SPA101. Beginner’s Spanish I. Fall 2013.