Erik Larson

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3160 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I’m a passionate instructor of Spanish language, literature and culture. In all of my courses I aim to prepare students for an exciting exploration of art, literature, and politics from Latin America which delves deeply into the historical, cultural, and intellectual context. It’s my goal to help students identify the various ideologies and values at play within any aesthetic product, and to develop empathy and appreciation for other points of view.


My research focuses on detective fiction from Latin America and Spain and its intersection with philosophy and critical theory. I am particularly interested in the ideology of the novela negra (or noir novel). If on one hand, many of these novels paint a world devoid of political and philosophical grounding, they also, on a more subtle level, posit ways of negotiating such a world. I am interested in those moments in which a literary style–noir–known for its uncompromising critique, actually, and ironically becomes somewhat pedagogical, as it trains us to make our way through a world where nothing is certain.

Selected Publications

  • “Hijos de la contra-herencia: Legado e impostura en Amphitryon de Ignacio Padilla.” Forthcoming in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.
  •  “Dialectical Shades of Noir: The Case of Ignacio Padilla’s Espiral de artillería.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos Vol. 43.2 (Invierno 2019). pp. 309-328.
  •  “Dwelling in La ciudad ausente: Piglia, Heidegger and Literary Experience.” Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2019, pp. 2-13.
  •  “Being and Text: Piglia’s Nombre Falso as Literary Noir.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2018, pp. 913-935.


I strive to serve the department and college in any way that I can. I consider my colleagues friends, and I enjoy working with them in many capacities. I have particularly enjoyed my long standing participation with the Instituto de los Estudios Vallejianos, as it has allowed for valuable cultural exchanges between BYU, the greater Spanish speaking community in Utah, and beyond.

Citizenship assignments

  • Associate Graduate Coordinator
  • Acting Graduate Coordinator
  • Community Outreach Committee
  • Acting Section Head