Hugo Achugar

Professor Emeritus




  • A native of Uruguay, Professor Hugo Achugar has had a long anddistinguished career as a literary and cultural critic and a prize-winning essayist and poet. He studied literature and linguistics at the university level in Uruguay, Venezuela, and France before receiving his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held teaching posts in Latin America and the United States, including the Universidad de la República, Uruguay; Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela; and the Universidad Católica, Venezuela. He taught in the Comparative Literature Department and the Department of Hispanic Studies atNorthwestern University from 1983 to 1992 as Associate Professor and as Full Professor. He was invited to teach as a distinguished visiting professor at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain; the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; University of California, Irvine; and Dartmouth University.
  • Dr. Achugar’s many publications range from his monograph of José Donoso, Ideologías y estructuras narrativas en José Donoso, 1950-1970 (1979), to various studies of Uruguayan literature, Poesía y sociedad- Uruguay, 1880-1911 (1986); La balsa de la medusa: ensayos sobre identidad, cultura y fin de siglo en Uruguay (1992); Como el Uruguay no hay (2000); and essays on cultural studies, such as La biblioteca en ruinas. Reflexiones culturales desde la periferia, Montevideo, 1994; and Planetas sin boca. Escritos efímeros sobre arte, cultura y literatura (2004). He has edited over fifteen anthologies on Latin American culture; most recently, he has finished a ground-breaking report on the cultural consumption of the Uruguayan middle class, based on his poll-taking team supported by the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship (1999-2001, extended 2002-2003). This is the first of several studies that will focus on cultural taste, activities, and the consumption of cultural capital in various cities, including Miami.
  • A creative writer of distinction, Dr. Achugar has been awarded several prizes from Uruguay’s Ministry of Culture for both his poetry and essays. Among his eight collections of poems are Textos para decir María (1976); Las mariposas tropicales (1986); Todo lo que es sólido se disuelve en el aire (1989); Orfeo en el salon de la memoria (1992). He has served on numerous literary juries, including the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos Prize (Venezuela) and the Casa de las Américas (Cuba); and is on the board of numerous scholarly journals (Revista Iberoamericana, Venue, Triquarterly, Cuadernos de Marcha, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos).
  • Dr. Achugar is frequently invited to lecture at universities and foundations throughoutLatin America and Europe. He has been keynote speaker at conferences and symposia in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden, as well as at many universities in the United States. At the University of Miami, Dr. Achugar organized the international conference “Latin American Agendas for the 21st Century,” which brought many international scholars to the campus.