Michael Grafals

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Bio

Michael Grafals defended his dissertation in Spring 2016. He is now an Instructor in English at Florida International University; his main interests include the study of discourses of cross-cultural becoming and fictions of transnational belonging. He is currently at work on a manuscript on Puerto Rican writers who reconfigure their nation's spatial identifications beyond those established historically through Spanish and U.S. colonization. This tradition, represented by writers like Luis Pal├ęs Matos, Iris Zavala, Manuel Ramos Otero and Eduardo Lalo, constructs subversive transnational formations that contest institutionalized spaces of colonization and modernization. His work also explores resonances between Caribbean theories of cross-cultural relation and U.S. ethnic literatures.