Charles St-Georges is a native of rural southern Arizona. He grew up doing theatre (participating in more than 40 plays) and began his academic career studying theatre before his intellectual curiosity led him to languages and cultures. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a major in Spanish and a minor in Russian, after which he found work as an interpreter in various fields including healthcare, law enforcement, and insurance.
Charles then went on to pursue two masters degrees: one in Spanish language and culture, and one in French linguistics. He taught grammar and literature courses at Arizona State University while completing his Ph.D. in Spanish cultural studies. Since coming to Denison, Charles has taught in Spanish, Queer Studies, and French, and has served as Production Editor for the academic journal Chasqui. He has published on cinema and literature from both Latin America and Spain in a variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and his recent monograph.
Learning & Teaching
- SPAN 112 Beginning Spanish II
- SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish
- SPAN 213 Communication Skills
- SPAN 230 Intro to Hispanic Cultures
- SPAN 325 Survey of Latin American Literature (topic: performance and identity)
- SPAN 335 Survey of Latin American Cultures (topic: cinema and human rights)
- SPAN 435 Seminar in Latin American Cultures (topic: cinema, gender, sexuality, and power)
- QS 101 Intro to Queer Studies
- FREN 362 Directed Study (summer program in Martinique)
Charles is currently the Production Editor for the academic journal Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana. His research mainly focuses on the intersections between normative discourse and representations of time in (usually filmic) narratives from the Hispanic world. He is particularly concerned with the relationship between Western historicism, the supposedly apolitical realm of chronological time, and the persistent use of ghosts and specters to represent historical injustice in Latin American and Peninsular film.
- Haunted Families and Temporal Normativity in Hispanic Horror Films: Troubling Timelines. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018.
- “The Literalization of Trauma’s Specter and the Problematization of Time in Aparecidos.” Espectros: Ghostly Hauntings in Contemporary Transhispanic Narratives. Ed. Alberto Ribas-Casasayas and Amanda Petersen. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2015. 85–99.
- “Queer Temporalities in Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair/Pelo malo (2013).” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 15.3 (2018): 293-310.
- “Mexicanidad as Race, Gender, and Neoliberal Ideology in Patricia Riggen’s La misma luna/Under the Same Moon (2008).” The Latin Americanist 62.1 (2018). 80-98.
- “Brazilian Horrors Past and Present: José Mojica Marins and Politics as Reproductive Futurism.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 25 (2016): 555-70.
- “El espectro de la realidad en dos novelas de Manuel Mujica Láinez.” Confluencia 29.2 (2014): 116-28.
- “Cosas de mujeres: La demarcación de lo líquido como espacio femenino en Kilómetro 31.” Polifonía 2 (2012): 57–67.
- “La dualidad y la (in)mortalidad: las dimensiones fantasmales de Santuarios del corazón.” Puentes 8 (2010): 91–99.
- “Reflexiones sobre la (in)dependencia puertorriqueña: intelectualismo vs. sabiduría colectiva en La guaracha del Macho Camacho.” Arenas Blancas 11 (2010): 7– 11.
- “Cinema, Latin American (Early Twentieth Century).” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Ed. Howard Chiang. Farmington Hills: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019. 347–351.
- Rev. of Selimović, Inela. Affective Moments in the Films of Martel, Carri, and Puenzo. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 54.2 (2020). Forthcoming.
- Rev. of Rodríguez, Carina. El cine de terror en Argentina: producción, distribución, exhibición y mercado. Imagofagia 11 (2015). Web.
- Rev. of Subero, Gustavo. Queer Masculinities in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Male Bodies and Narrative Representations. Imagofagia 10 (2014). Web.
- Rev. of Vázquez, David J. Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity. Chasqui 41.2 (2012): 255-57.
- Rev. of Podalsky, Laura. The Politics of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico. Imagofagia 6 (2012). Web.
- Rev. of Elsaesser, Thomas and Malte Hagener. Film theory: an introduction through the senses. Imagofagia 4 (2011). Web.
- Rev. of Kilómetro 31. Chasqui 38.2 (2009): 236–38.
- “La interrogación infantil del orden simbólico en El orfanato.” Actas del II Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual. Buenos Aires, 2010. Web.
- “Zombies as Temporal Critique: Sudor frío (2010) and Generations of Youth in Post- Dictatorship Argentina.”