Dr Roberto Esposto

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
r.esposto@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57990

Overview

Dr Roberto H. Esposto is a Senior Lecturer in the Spanish and Latin American Studies program in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland.

Roberto’s research output focuses on Argentinean and Latin American literature. His work also centres on Latin American thought, with a particular attention to decolonial thinking. His research publications deal with questions of Argentinean and Latin American cultural identity and intellectual history and problematizes the ways in which Latin American intellectuals grapple, from a situated perspective, with a colonial legacy that underpins Western modernity today.

Due to Roberto’s significant contribution to the study of 20th century Argentinean literature, in 2015 he was nominated Corresponding Fellow of the Argentinean Academy of Letters. Roberto is the first Australian Hispanist to be awarded such an honour by an academy of the Spanish language, of which there are twenty-four around the world.

He is an internationally recognized expert on the Argentine novelist and diplomat Abel Posse (1934-2023). Roberto has also published on the -Argentine philosopher Günther Rodolfo Kusch (1922-1979). Kusch is a philosophical anthropologist who made a significant contribution to the articulation of Argentinean and Latin American philosophy, harnessed from indigenous and popular thinking, which has influenced a broad set of disciplines, including metaphysics and theology, art and literary studies, and decolonial thought.

More recently Roberto has contributed to make better known the poetry of the Argentinean Hugo Caamaño (1923-2015), by leading an edited publication in collaboration with numbered members of the academy and published by the Argentinean Academy of Letters, titled Hugo Caamaño, poeta de mundo propio.

Roberto engages regularly with Latin America, by participating in conferences in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Since 2003, Roberto has made a significant contribution to fostering the learning and use of Spanish in the international community, by writing the popular, bestselling Latin American Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionary, which has seen many editions, including the 10th which will appear in September 2023. This publication has also been translated into French and Italian.

Research interests

  • 20th Century Argentinean literature and the historical novel; Latin American literature; Latin American intellectual tradition and decolonial thought

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, La Trobe University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University

Publications

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2024). La razón poética y la lógica de la negación en la poesía de Hugo Caamaño. Poéticas excéntricas en el mundo hispanohablante. (pp. 138-151) edited by Roberto H. Esposto, Jose Luis Fernandez Castillo and Israel Holas. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Poliedro Editorial.

  • Roberto H. Esposto, Jose Luis Fernandez Castillo and Israel Holas eds. (2024). Poéticas excéntricas en el mundo hispanohablante. Coleccion Periferias, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Poliedro Editorial de la Universidad de San Isidro.

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2023). Kusch. Una invitacion. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones CICCUS.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2024). La razón poética y la lógica de la negación en la poesía de Hugo Caamaño. Poéticas excéntricas en el mundo hispanohablante. (pp. 138-151) edited by Roberto H. Esposto, Jose Luis Fernandez Castillo and Israel Holas. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Poliedro Editorial.

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2023). Abel Posse: virajes narrativos de una vida recordada. Nuevas lecturas críticas de la obra de Abel Posse. (pp. 137-147) edited by Roberto H. Esposto and Romain Magras. Buenos Aires Argentina: Editorial Biblos.

  • Esposto, Roberto H. and Magras, Romain (2023). Un viaje por la vida y la obra de Abel Posse. Nuevas lecturas críticas de la obra de Abel Posse. (pp. 13-21) edited by Roberto H. Esposto and Romain Magras. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Biblos.

  • Esposto, Roberto H., Holas, Sergio and Holas, Israel (2022). Rodolfo Kusch: La negación como apertura y desprendimiento. Sentipensares sobre interculturalidad en nuestra América: apuntes desde la antropología filosófica de Rodolfo Kusch. (pp. 62-106) edited by Mónica Fernández Braga, Victor del Carmen Avendaño Porras and Jaime Montes Miranda. La Serena, Chile: Universidad de La Serena.

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2016). Rodolfo Kusch: hacia una razón poética geoculturalmente situada. Arte, estetica, literatura y teatro en Rodolfo Kusch. (pp. 189-209) edited by Jose Alejandro Tasat and Juan Pablo Perez. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2009). From Finisterrae to Terra Australis Incongnita: Bishop Rosendo Salvado's utopian imaginings and designs for New Norcia. Imagined Australia. Reflections around the reciprocal construction of identity between Australia and Europe. (pp. 139-151) edited by Summo-O'Connell, Renata. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Esposto, Roberto H. (2018). Tras las huellas de (D)dios. La poesia de Hugo Caamaño (1923-2015). Actas del VI Congreso Internacional CELEHIS de Literatura, Mar del Plata, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, 6-8 November 2017. Mar del Plata, Argenbtina: Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina.

  • Esposito, Roberto Hernan (2016). En torno al quijotismo y el sanchopancismo en Los cuadernos de Praga de Abel Posse. XVIII Congreso de la Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas [AIH] (XVIII Congress of the International Association of Hispanists), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15 - 29 July 2013. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Miño y Davila Editores.

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