Portrait of Enrico Mario Santi
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Yale University
    MA, Yale University
    M.Phil, Yale University
    BA, Vanderbilt University
  • Research Interests
    Latin American literatures and cultures, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural studies, Cuban and Caribbean culture, post-colonial studies, intellectual history, modern painting

Enrico Mario Santí is a research professor in the English Department at Claremont Graduate University’s School of the Arts & Humanities and is the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Hispanic Studies at University of Kentucky.

Santí is a Cuban-American writer, poet, and scholar; a specialist on the works of José Martí, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and other writers; and a frequent art critic. Educated at Vanderbilt and Yale universities, he studied at the latter with scholars José Juan Arrom and Uruguayan Emir Rodríguez Monegal. Santí went on to teach at Duke, Cornell, Georgetown, and the University of Kentucky. His influential writings on poets like Neruda, Paz, and José Lezama Lima are viewed by many as essential for several generations of scholars and students.

To date, Santí has authored 10 books, edited 18 volumes, and published more than 100 articles, essays, and interviews. He has been awarded NEH, ACLS, Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright-Hays, American Philosophical Society, and Guggenheim Fellowships, along with two NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers, directed in 1992 and 1995. Santí has received awards from the Southern California Cuban-American Cultural Institute (1999), Patronato José Martí (2000) and Mexico’s CONACULTA (2010, 2011).

Translator: Ricardo Pau-Llosa. Intruder Between Rivers/Intruso entre ríos. Madrid: Centro Editor, 2018.

Conversaciones con Octavio Paz. Diálogos con Enrico Mario Santí Salamanca: Editorial Confluencias, 2014.

Mano a mano: Ensayos de circunstancia. Valencia: Aduana Vieja, 2013.

Ciphers of History: Latin American Readings for a ‘Cultural’ Age. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2005.

Fernando Ortiz: Contrapunteo y transculturación. Madrid: Editorial Colibrí, 2002.

Bienes del siglo. Sobre cultura cubana. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2002.

Por una politeratura. Literatura hispanoamericana e imaginación política. Mexico City: Ediciones El Equilibrista/CONACULTA, 1997.

El acto de las palabras. Estudios y diálogos con Octavio Paz. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997; revised edition, 2016.

Pensar a José Martí. Notas para un centenario. Boulder, Co.: Society of Spanish and Spanish American Studies, 1995.

Escritura y tradición: texto, crítica y poética en la literatura hispanoamericana. Barcelona: Editorial LAIA, 1988.

Pablo Neruda: The Poetics of Prophecy. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1982.

Son peregrino. [Poems]. Miami: La Torre de Papel, 1995.