Dennis Hogan



Dennis Hogan is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. His dissertation project, “‘La Reina de dos mundos’: Crisis and Creation in the Central American Transit Zones, 1848-1914” examines the literature of transisthmian transit at the end of the 19th century, exploring how changing material conditions shaped literary and intellectual expression, and how writers and intellectuals took part in ongoing struggles about the political futures of Central America. Focusing on writers from Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Britain, and the United States, the dissertation argues that interactions within and among national, isthmian, hemispheric, and Atlantic networks helped drive the emergence of modern Central America. By examining canonical works from Soledad Acosta de Samper, Joseph Conrad, Rubén Darío, and Anthony Trollope alongside lesser known but equally innovative ones, the project asks how poetry, novels, political theory, scientific surveys, and travel writing worked to render the region knowable, both figuratively, by bringing it into the consciousness of the global political, economic, and intellectual classes, and literally, by recasting it as the object of new scientific and technical knowledge.