In this episode, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz talks to Kenyon College Associate Professor of English Ivonne M. García about expressing his political views on Facebook, an emerging New America, the significance of ghosts and the Gothic, and the fukú, or the idea of being cursed.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the cofounder of Voices of Our Nation Workshop.
Ivonne M. García specializes in nineteenth-century US literature, the American Gothic, and postcolonial and Latin@ studies, with an emphasis on issues of nation, race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity. Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary and mainly influenced by frameworks of cultural analysis, including transhemispheric and post-nationalist approaches. She also teaches a course in literary journalism.