David Phillip Laraway

David Phillip Laraway

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3155 JFSB



Curriculum Vitae

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Office Hours:
TTh 3-3:45 or by appointment
3155 JFSB
Commonly Taught Courses

Spanish 339 (Introduction to Spanish Literature) Spanish 355 (Spanish American Culture) Spanish 451 (Survey of Spanish American Literature) Spanish 455R/655R (Seminar in Spanish American Poetry) Spanish 459R/650R (Borges, Philosophy, and New Media)


David Laraway received his PhD in Romance Studies (Hispanic Literature) from Cornell University in 1998, writing his doctoral dissertation on the notion of place in the works of Jorge Luis Borges. In addition to Árbol de imágenes: nueva historia de la poesía hispanoamericana (with Merlin H. Forster), he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics in Hispanic literature and culture, from modernista poetry to contemporary Basque narrative to Chilean cyberpunk. He recently completed a second PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he took seminars from Simon Critchley, Slavoj Zizek, Michael Hardt, and Lev Manovich, among others. In addition to his manuscript American Idiots: Outsider Art, Outsider Music, and the Philosophy of Incompetence (which is forthcoming in 2018 with McFarland Press), he is working on three other book projects: one on Borges, philosophy, and the forms of new media; a second on Basque-American literature; and a third on Basque literature in translation. Dr. Laraway served as the chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University from 2011-2017, where he continues to teach undergraduate courses on Hispanic literature and culture and graduate seminars on topics such as modernismo, contemporary Latin American poetry, and Borges and philosophy. A native of Boise, Idaho, he takes a keen interest in his own Basque roots and the experience of Basque immigrants in the American West.


PhD, European Graduate School [Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought]
PhD coursework and qualifying exam, University of Utah (2001-2003) [Philosophy]
PhD, Cornell U. (1998) [Romance Studies, with an emphasis in Hispanic Literatures]
MA, Brigham Young U. (1994) [Spanish]
BA, Brigham Young U. (1992) [Philosophy and Spanish]


Hispanic Literature and Culture (Spanish American poetry Borges; contemporary Spanish American narrative; Basque literature and culture)

Philosophy and Critical Theory

New Media