Jorge Téllez

Office Location: 
504 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2020: Tuesdays 3-4pm
(215) 898-6029
(215) 898-0933
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

My research and teaching focus on colonialism in Latin America, past and present. Currently, my work studies how colonial legacies have shaped modern and contemporary cultural institutions and practices.

A forthcoming book in Notre Dame University Press, titled Precarious Narratives: The Picaresque and The Writing Life in Mexico, 1690-2013, studies the emergence and development of the Mexican literary field through the lens of the picaresque. The book contends that Mexican writers invoke this literary form to ponder on what they regard as the perils of intellectual labor in Mexico, thus turning the picaresque into a reflection on the place that literature and writers have borne within Mexican society throughout history.

A new book-project, Colonial Collections: Value, Objects, and Narratives of the Past in 21st Century Mexico, delves into the relationship between art and politics by analyzing contemporary cultural productions and institutions that engage the colonial past as a source for literary, artistic, and historical value. This is an interdisciplinary project that includes a diverse set of case studies from urban and architectural sites and literary works to initiatives from non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and the government.


My first book, Poéticas del Nuevo Mundo (Siglo XXI Editores, 2012), studies 16th and 17th century colonial Latin American literary criticism, praises of poetry, and poetics. It was awarded the Siglo XXI-Editores International Essay prize in 2011.



Research Interests: 
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Mexican literature and culture
  • Cultural Theory
  • Intellectual History
  • Poetics

PhD, El Colegio de México (2011)