Professor of Spanish
Office: (269) 387-3028
514 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 9 a.m.
And by appointment
Department of Spanish
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Benjamín Torres is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University.
Torres is a specialist in Spanish American literature, particularly in Caribbean narrative. He has authored three books (Gabriel García Márquez o la alquimia del incesto, Literatura e ideología and Para llegar a la Isla Verde de Edgardo Rodríguez Julía), as well as many articles, papers, and book reviews. He has a strong interest in Caribbean popular culture and in U.S. Latino literature, as evidenced by both his teaching and publications. Torres has edited four works by Edgardo Rodríguez Julía: Elogio de la fonda (Playor, 2001), Mapa de una pasión literaria (EDUPR, 2003), Musarañas de domingo (EDUPR, 2005), La renuncia del héroe Baltasar (FCE, 2006).
Torres received the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Creative Award. In 2015 Torres was awarded the Tercer Premio Nacional de Literatura (National Literature Award, Third Prize) in the category of Research and Criticism by the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature for his book “Iconografía: lo visual en la obra de Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá.”