RamÓn Soto-Crespo

Ramón Soto-Crespo
Office: 1031 Clemens Hall
Telephone: (716) 645-0876
Email: rs55@buffalo.edu


Ramón Soto-Crespo holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Purdue University. His areas of interest include Latina/o and Anglophone Caribbean literature, Postcolonial and Atlantic studies, Transnational Studies, Continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, and queer studies. He recently published a book titled, Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico, (University of Minnesota Press).


PhD in Comparative Literature from Purdue University

Areas of Specialization

Latina/o studies, Anglophone Caribbean literature, Latin American literature, Circum-Atlantic and Postcolonial Theory, Diaspora Studies, Transnational Studies, Border Theory, Political and Cultural Theory, Continental philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Queer studies


Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

  • Awarded honorable mention in 2010 for the MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies
  • "Mainland Passage is a provocative intervention into some of the most intractable problems in Puerto Rican studies. It productively elaborates ideas from cultural and post- colonial theorists, especially Gloria Anzaldúa and Walter Mignolo. It pushes the limits of recent debates about Puerto Rico as a colonial nation and the diaspora as an exceptional case within Latinos in the United States."-Jorge Duany, author of The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move

"An Intractable Foundation: Luis Muñoz Marín and the Borderland State in Contemporary Puerto Rican Literature," American Literary History 18:4 (2006): 712-38.

"Death and the Diaspora Writer: Hybridity and Mourning in the Work of Jamaica Kincaid," Contemporary Literature 43:2 (2002): 342-76.

"'The Pains of Memory': Mourning the Nation in Puerto Rican Art and Literature," MLN 117:2 (2002): 449-80.

"Heterosexuality Terminable or Interminable? Kleinian Fantasies of Reparation and Mourning," Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis, ed. Tim Dean and Christopher Lane. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001: 190-209.

"'Scars of Separation': Psychoanalysis, Marxism, and the Praxis of Loss," Textual Practice 14:3 (2000): 1-18.

Current Research Projects

Latino Trash: Despised Forms in the Cultural History of the Americas. Manuscript on contemporary Latino, Anglophone Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. South’s literary, visual, and sexual narratives of trash.  It analyzes works by Miguel Algarín, William Faulkner, Carlos Ulises Decena, George McNeill, Edgar Mittelholzer, Michael Nava, Christopher Nicole, Kyle Onstott, Mark Padilla, Pedro Pietri, Jean Rhys, Jacobo Shifter, and Richard Tresillian.

Frequently Taught Courses

I offer regular courses on The Global South, Latina/o and Anglophone Caribbean literature and culture, American pluralism, Literature of the Americas, Hemispheric Literature, queer, cultural, and psychoanalytic theory.