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Michael Nieto Garcia
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences



Narratives of the Ethnic Self in American Literature (Book manuscript in progress.)

Translation of Djenar Maesa Ayu's They Say I'm a Monkey. With "Introduction" by Michael Nieto Garcia. Jakarta: Metafor Publishing, 2005. (They Say I'm a Monkey was shortlisted for Indonesia's prestigious Khatulistiwa Literary Award in 2003 [The Jakarta Post article]. A film adaptation [Indonesian trailer] by the same title debuted in 2007: They Say I'm a Monkey film.)


"Jorge Luis Borges's 'The Lottery of Babylon' as Allegory for the Criminal Justice System." In Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality. Eds. Mechthild Nagel and Seth N. Asumah. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2007. 125-135.

"Indonesian Publishing: New Freedoms, Old Worries, and Unfinished Democratic Reform." Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 50.1 (Spring 2006): 184-91.
            (Also in Identifying with Freedom: Indonesia after Soeharto. Ed. Tony Day. Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis Ser. 9. New York: Berghahn Books, 2007. 58-69.)

"Generation 98." Inside Indonesia 85 (January-March 2006): 28.*

"More than Just Sex: Three Women Authors Take the Indonesian Literary World by Storm." Inside Indonesia 80 (October-December 2004): 26-27.*

"The Indonesian Free Book Press." Indonesia. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, No. 78 (October 2004): 121-145.   View Article

"Social Space, Language, and Consciousness in Helena Maria Viramontes's Under the Feet of Jesus."  Humaniora: Jurnal Fakultas Ilmu Budaya.Yogyakarta: Universitas Gadjah Mada, vol. 16, No. 1 (February 2004): 67-77.

"Ethnic, Feminist, Universal?: Helena Maria Viramontes's Under the Feet of Jesus."  Phenomena: Journal of Language and Literature. Yogyakarta: Universitas Sanata Dharma, vol. 7, No. 3 (Feb. 2004): 125-134.


*[Both Inside Indonesia articles are available online by clicking on "Recent editions" in the upper left hand corner of Inside Indonesia's homepage. Then select the issue number and find the article in the table of contents.]


Papers Presented
          "The Existential Ethnic Self of Richard Wright's Black Boy." 100 Years of Richard Wright conference. University of Utah, 2-5 April, 2009.
          "Marxist Literary Criticism and Melville's 'Benito Cereno'" Contemporary Perspectives on English Studies conference, Graduate Program of English Language Studies, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 18 October, 2003.
         "American Individualism: an historical and intellectual history." International Seminar of Culture, Language, and Literature. Department of Literature, UNDIP (Universitas Diponegoro), Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia), 6-7 October 2003.
         "Twelfth Night: Identity in Disguise." The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 30 June 2002.
         "Jorge Luis Borges's 'The Lottery of Babylon' as Allegory for the Criminal Justice System." Thinking About Prisons: Theory and Practice, conference at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, 26 October, 2001.
         "Language and Cultural Identity in Brian Friel's Translations." Postcolonial Literature panel, Central New York conference on Language and Literature, State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, 27 September, 2001.
         "The Shakespeare Cross-dresser and Madrid Actress Dilemma: 1587-1613." Representations of Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance conference. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 15 April, 1999.

Honors and Awards
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, Hamilton College, 2008-2010
Fulbright Fellowship, Universitas Gadjah Mada, (Faculty of Cultural Studies), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2003-2004
Provost's Fellowship, Cornell, 2002-2003
Sage Fellowship, Cornell, 2000-2001
Wilbur Gaffney Critical and Research Essays Expository Writing Award, University of Nebraska, 1999
Regent’s Scholarship, University of Nebraska, 1995-1996

Courses Taught
The Sacred and Profane in American Literature (Clarkson Seminar), Clarkson University, Fall 2010 (Syllabus)
American Literature I, Clarkson University, Fall 2010 (Syllabus)
American Autobiography (Senior Seminar), Hamilton College, Spring 2010
American Literature of the Nineteenth Century, Hamilton College, Spring 2010
Ethnic Autobiography, Hamilton College, Spring 2009 (Syllabus)
Latino Literature, Hamilton College, Fall 2008 (Syllabus)
Major American Writers, TCU, Spring 2008 (Syllabus)
Literature and Civilizations II, (Honors), TCU, Spring 2008  (Syllabus)
Ethnic Literature: American Me, (Writing from Sources), TCU, Fall 2007  (Syllabus)
Western World Literature I, TCU, Fall 2007  (Syllabus)
Literature and Civilizations I, (Honors), TCU, Fall 2007  (Syllabus)
Melville, Hemingway, Wright and Other 'Manly' Male Authors, Cornell, Spring 2007.
Literary Nonfiction, (American Literature and Culture), Cornell, Spring 2006.
Shakespeare, Cornell, Spring 2002
Shakespeare, Cornell, Fall 2001  (Syllabus)

Teaching and Research Interests
            Focus: Twentieth-Century American Literature, Ethnic Literature, and Latino Literature.
            With additional interests in: Literature and Philosophy, Prison Literature, Literary Nonfiction, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Literary Science Fiction, Cognitive Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, Indonesian Literature, and Translation Studies.

Ph.D. Cornell University, American Literature, 2007
M.A. Cornell University, English Literature, 2003
B.A. University of Nebraska, Spanish Literature, 1999
Exchange Scholar, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, Spain, 1997-1998

Contact Information
Michael Garcia
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Clarkson University
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