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Ricardo is interested in 20th and 21st century literature and film from the Americas. His dissertation, “Becoming Darkness: Mexico and the Psychic Burial of Radical Blackness in the United States,” investigates literature and film from the United States and Mexico to articulate the phenomenon of a disappearing radical blackness in postracial and multicultural discourses in the United States. He has published an article related to his research on James Baldwin in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (NYU) and has both an adaptation of his dissertation’s third chapter on Alfonso Cuarón and an article on Jean Toomer’s fraught critical relationship to the discourse of modernism currently under consideration at peer-reviewed journals.
- BA Brown University, 05/2000