Acosta, Santiago. “Posthegemonía y postsubalternidad: Desencuentros del latinoamericanismo frente a la ‘marea rosada.’” Cuadernos de Literatura, vol. XX, no. 39, 2016, pp. 28-40.

In this article I contrast the posthegemonic theory of Jon Beasley-Murray with John Beverley’s postsubaltern paradigm. I study these author’s stances on the problems of the state and the nation vis-à-vis the claims made by Latin American social movements, which have become increasingly enmeshed with the structures of the state in the context of the so-called “pink tide.” I do not lose track of the specificity of the Venezuelan context, since it seems to work as a limit case for the theoretical premises of both posthegemony and postsubalternity.

With this article I won the 2016 Ángel del Río prize in the category of essay, awarded by the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University.


Acosta, Santiago. “Los poetas del desvarío: Tensiones entre sentido y rostridad en la poesía venezolana del siglo XX.” Investigaciones Literarias, vol. I-II, no. 18, 2010, pp. 87-102.

This article examines the relationship between canonicity and hermeneutics by delving into an archive of marginal Venezuelan poets whose works challenge standard models of poetic meaning-making. First, I propose that literary criticism functions as a faciality machine (Deleuze and Guattari) whose task is to produce a readable and recognizable canon closely identified with national values. Interpretability, canonicity, and nation are in this way closely related. Then, I argue that the “poetics of desvarío” (which is how I call my corpus of “unreadable” texts) remains outside the canon—and is in fact uncanonizable—precisely because it destabilizes the long-standing relationship between hermeneutics, nation-building, and meaning-making.

The article derives from the master’s thesis I wrote for the MA in Venezuelan Literature at Universidad Central de Venezuela around 2010.