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Michael Abeyta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish American Literature

Email: Michael Abeyta
Office Location: Plaza Building 118D
Phone: (303) 556-4008
Fax: (303) 556-6038
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.

                      Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. & by appointment.

Areas of Expertise:
Spanish American and Mexican Literatures and Cultures


Education & Degrees

Professor Abeyta teaches Spanish American literature and culture, with an emphasis in Mexican studies. His research interests are in Mexican literature and culture from the Pre-Hispanic era to the present, and in general on how 20th century Spanish American narratives reconstruct the colonial and pre colonial legacies. He is also interested in Transatlantic Studies, in particular how the Hispano-Arabic heritage of medieval Spain and Morocco is treated by contemporary Spanish American writers. His research interests in critical theory include the interrelationships between literature, art, history and political economy. More recently he has explored contemporary narrative and film in Latin America, and has published on Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quijote.

Prof. Abeyta regularly participates in international conferences on Latin American Studies and related fields, such as the Latin American Studies Association Congress (Montreal 2007, Toronto 2010), the Modern Languages Association Conference (Los Angeles 2010), and he has participated in the Oxford Roundtable (England 2007). He was also invited to the VI Encuentro Internacional de Escritores, organized by the Consejo para la Cultura de Nuevo León in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico (2001), and has done research and attended congresses in Mexico City, Hermosillo and El Paso/Ciudad Juarez.

Prof. Abeyta is also an unpublished poet, and has read locally in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Prof. Abeyta finished his Ph.D. in Spanish American Literature in 1999, with an Emphasis in Critical Theory. After finishing his doctoral studies at the University of California, Davis, and teaching there as a lecturer, Dr. Abeyta taught at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor of Spanish (Mexican studies)from 2000 to 2007, and as an Associate Professor from 2007 to 2008. In 2005 he was Director of Study Abroad for CSU at Alcalá de Henares, Spain. At CSU, from 2002 to 2004 ran a series on Spanish and Latin American film, and participated in the Latin American Studies Forum in 2004.

Since the fall of 2008, Prof. Abeyta has taught at the University of Colorado Denver, and has participated in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Council. Currently he is the Graduate Advisor for the Masters in Spanish Program.

Select Publications

Book Publication:
Abeyta, Michael,
Fuentes, Terra Nostra and the Reconfiguration of Latin American Culture. The University of Missouri Press. Published May 2006.

Submitted Article Manuscripts:
Abeyta, Michael,
“El humor negro, la burla de la modernidad y la economía del libro en la narrativa de David Toscana.”

Abeyta, Michael, “The Meat Market in Amores perros: Cannibalism, Consumption and Other Economies of the Flesh.”

Published Articles:
Abeyta, Michael,
2010. “Luz y espejo: la voz dialógica en el prólogo del primer Quijote.” Dissidences. Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, 6 & 7 (Spring 2010).

Abeyta, Michael, 2007, “Postnationalism, Globalization and the ‘Post-Mexican Condition’ in Roger Bartra.” Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table. Online Edition: Spring 2007: Migration.

Abeyta, Michael, 2007, “Catedrales, nómadas y cuerpos sin órganos: entre Gilles Deleuze y las novelas de Mogador de Alberto Ruy Sánchez.” Revista Iberoamericana 73.218-219, pp. 193-207.

Abeyta, Michael, 2006, “En el límite de la oscuridad: el erotismo y la nomadología en la narrativa de Juvenal Acosta.” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 11.31, pp. 79-89.

Abeyta, Michael, 2004, “The Metaphor of Usury in Terra Nostra: On the Traces of Bataille and Derrida in Fuentes's Writing.” Hispanic Review 72.2, pp. 287–305.

Abeyta, Michael, 2004, “El trueque y la economía del don en Terra Nostra de Carlos Fuentes.” Published in Revista Iberoamericana 70.207, pp. 431–441.

Abeyta, Michael,
2007, “Between Two Lineages: On Becoming an American Writer. An Interview with Mexican writer Juvenal Acosta.” Interview. Confluencia, 23.2 Spring 2008, pp. 116-127.

Courses Taught

SPAN 3213: Contemporary Latin American Culture and Institutions
SPAN 4160/5160: Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 4220/5220: Mexican Literature
SPAN 4510/5510: Contemporary Spanish-American Novel
SPAN 4970/5970: Special Topics in Literature
SPAN 5000: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Spanish