Angel M. Diaz-Miranda

Angel M. Diaz-Miranda

Ángel Díaz Miranda is an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Hollins. He received his doctoral degree from Emory University. In 2014, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Agnes Scott College. His research focuses on contemporary Mexican and Chilean poetry and literature and their relations to violence, trauma, and memory from Modernismo to the present. Ángel has published journal articles on Mexican poet Octavio Paz, surrealism and trauma; the phantasmatic overtaking of Leopoldo María Panero’s poetic voice by his father Leopoldo Panero; and on the shared visual vocabulary of film director Alfonso Cuarón and Korean-American photographer Miru Kim, as a way to interrogate aesthetics of apocalypse. Ángel is currently finishing articles on David Huerta’s poetics, the sound-immersive work of Chilean poet Juan Carlos Villavicencio, and on the scopic (micro-, tele-) views in the works of Nona Fernández and Álvaro Bisama. He is the guest editor for an upcoming special issue of Trasatlántica: Poetry and Scholarship, on Incurable (1987) by David Huerta. His book project Archives of the Wound traces the cruel modalities of psychological wounding and bodily harm in Mexican and Chilean literature and visual arts from Modernismo to the present. He has presented his work nationally and internationally. Ángel is also a poet. His book, Catálogo de inconsistencias is forthcoming in 2019 by Editorial del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American Poetry and Literature (1880s – present)
  • Trauma theory
  • Memory studies
  • Violence and its aesthetics
  • Metaphors and allegories of psychic and physical wounding

Courses Taught

  • Hip Hop: Americas
  • Transatlantic Fictions
  • Nocturnidad y vuelo: Introduction to Modern Literature and Culture of Spain and Latin America
  • Bodies and Identities: Crime and Literature in Latin America


  • Ph.D., Emory University
  • M.A., University of Connecticut

Publications & Articles

  • Review of Estrategias de Combate by E.S. Ortiz-González. Latin American Literature Today. Vol 1. Number 6. May 1, 2018
  • “Post-Apocalyptic Visions”: Biopolitics, Late Capitalism, and Trauma in Children of Men and Naked City Spleen Transmodernity, 6.2 Fall 2016
  • “La herida, el secreto y el fantasma”: La irrupción de la voz poética del Padre en la poesía de Leopoldo María Panero Hispanic Poetry Review, 11.1 2015
  • Trauma and Memory in Octavio Paz’s Poetry Romance Notes 53.3, Sept. 2013
  • Distorsiones narrativas y estéticas de la violencia en El brujo de Álvaro Bisama y La dimensión desconocida de Nona Fernández, book chapter forthcoming in Evil in the Written Word: Violent Narrators in Contemporary Latin American Fiction edited by Ana María Mutis and Margarita Jácome


  • Was awarded a Second Place in the national Premio Guajana de Poesía 2014 during Spring 2015.