Víctor Goldgel Carballo

Position title: Professor

Email: victor.goldgel@wisc.edu

1046 Van Hise Hall

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Fall 2024

On Leave


Víctor Goldgel-Carballo is a scholar and a novelist with a particular interest in Spanish America, the Caribbean, and the 19th century. His research and teaching focus on race and ethnicity in a comparative frame, media history, aesthetics, visual culture, and modernism/modernity. He is the author of Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América. Prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX (When the New Conquered the Americas: The Press, Fashion, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2013), which won prizes from the Latin American Studies Association and Casa de las Américas. Additional publications engage with a wide range of topics, including slave narratives, the art of making do, snobbery, and spectrality. He is the editor, with Juan Poblete, of Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America (Routledge, 2020) and, with Daylet Domínguez, of the special issue “Slavery, Mobility and Networks in Nineteenth-Century Cuba” (Atlantic Studies, 2021). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Racial Doubt: Open Secrets, Fiction, and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Cuba,” recently supported by an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt fellowship at the National Humanities Center.


PhD, University of California – Berkeley
Licenciatura, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Honors and Awards

2020-2025. H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019-20. American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, in residence at the National Humanities Center.

2017-19. Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2016. Ezequiel Martínez Estrada Honorary Award, Casa de las Américas.

2015. Institute for Research in the Humanities (UW-Madison), Resident Fellow.

2014. Premio Iberoamericano, Latin American Studies Association.

2013. Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Award.

2013. Library of Congress – John W. Kluge Center Fellow.

2007-08. Social Sciences Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship.


Co-editor (with Daylet Domínguez). Slavery, Mobility, and Networks in Nineteenth-Century Cuba. New York: Routledge, 2024.

Modesta dinamita. Buenos Aires: Blatt & Ríos, 2021.

Co-editor (with Juan Poblete). Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America: Rethinking Creativity and the Common Good. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América. Prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX (New edition). La Habana: Fondo Editorial Casa de las Américas, 2016. Premio Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, Casa de las Américas.

Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América. Prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2013. Premio Iberoamericano, Latin American Studies Association.

Baquelita. Buenos Aires: El fin de la noche, 2011.

Co-editor (with Silvia Tieffemberg). El viaje a Nicaragua e Intermezzo tropical. Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2003.

Selected Articles

Abolitionism.” Fernando Degiovanni and Javier Uriarte (eds.) Latin American Literature in Transition, 1870-1930. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2022, pp. 208-221.

Forty-One Years a Slave. Agnosia and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” Atlantic Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (January 2021).

Plagio y anacronismo deliberado en la novela antiesclavista cubana.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington University in Saint Louis), vol. LIII, No. 2 (2019)

Spectral Realism: Cecilia Valdés as Gothic Novel.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Vol. 27, No. 3 (2018), pp. 313-329

Una isla pintoresca y su horroroso colorido: Aproximaciones a la modernización y la violencia en la cultura visual cubana del siglo XIX.” Decimonónica. Journal of Nineteenth Century Hispanic Cultural Production. Vol. 12, No. 1 (2015): 134-150.