Shawn McDaniel

Shawn McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Romance Studies

sm2362@cornell.edusm2362 Office: K117 Klarman Phone: email only

Shawn McDaniel is Assistant Professor of Romance Studies and the Emerson-Krapels Faculty Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, and his B.A. in Celtic Studies and English from St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada).

Intersecting Latin American and Latino/a/x Studies, his current research analyzes the aesthetic and political rifts and reconciliations in and in-between Latin America and the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Arielismo and Empire, which interrogates the ambiguous contours of arielismo—one of Latin America’s most influential anti-imperialist paradigms—and unpacks the tensions between epistemology, race, and religiosity in that project, both in its heyday in the early twentieth century as well as in contemporary reformulations in Latin American student and political movements. Another book project in preparation, Bajo otros cielos: Count François G. de Cisneros y el modernismo cubano diaspórico, examines the racialized and queer dimensions of Cuban modernist and art deco culture (literature, art, fashion, film, and music) in New York and Europe.

Recent Courses

  • Cuba: The Repeating Island
  • Resistance and Revolution in the Caribbean
  • Nature in Latin America
  • Anti-Imperialism in Latin America
  • Decolonizing Latinidad
  • Survey of Contemporary Latin American Literature

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Caribbean, Latin American, and Latina/o literature, philosophy, and culture
  • Cuban and Dominican Modernismo in the United States and Europe
  • US imperialism in Latin America
  • Race
  • Critical theory
  • Queer studies
  • Caribbean anarchism
  • Scottish Gaelic oral traditions, dialectology, and revitalization (Scotland, Canada, Argentina)

Selected Publications

  • “Race and the Aesthetics of Frivolity in the Work of Count François G. de Cisneros.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (forthcoming 2017).
  • “De discípulo rubendariano a la encarnación modernista: Count François G. de Cisneros y la pose aristocrática.” Actas Digitales del Congreso Internacional Rubén Darío “La sutura de los mundos.” Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Votre América: Blackness and Pan-Latinism in Les démocraties latines de l’Amérique.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 68.2 (2015): 127-145.
  • “La Revista de Cayo Hueso como arbitraje del anticolonialismo en Cuba: intervenciones crítico-literarias entre Nueva York, la Florida y Perú.” La Habana Elegante 56 (2014).
  • Arielista Elitism and Geopolitical Exigencies in Post-War Colombia, 1902-1910.” Ciberletras 29 (2012).
  • “Julián del Casal en Las Tres Américas (1893-1896) de Nueva York: Francisco García Cisneros y el rescate del decadentismo casaliano.” La Habana Elegante 50 (2011).