Associate Professor of Languages and Cultures
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, 2007; M.A., San Diego State University, 2001; B.A., University of Texas, 1991
Dr. Nathan Henne, from the department of Quezaltenango in Guatemala, is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies and Spanish at Loyola University New Orleans. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. His latest publications include: his translation of Luis de Lión’s novel Time Commences in Xibalbá (University of Arizona Press 2012), to which he provides a critical translator’s introduction. This Guatemalan novel, the pioneer of a movement called “New Maya Literature,” innovatively handles the complexities of indigenous identity in a country that embraces the outward symbols of its Maya past but often fails to connect that past meaningfully to modern realities. His article “Untranslation: The Popol Wuj and Comparative Methodology” (in CR: The New Centennial Review 2012/12:2) performs translation comparisons of the many versions of the Popol Wuj, the “oldest book in the Americas,” in order to expose philosophical and epistemological complications in translating Maya and other indigenous American literatures. His book chapter "Fuzzy Boundaries: Mapping Maya textual systems in exile" is forthcoming in the edited collection Cartographies of Exile (ed. Karen Bishop) from Routledge Press in 2014 as part of their series Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature. He is working on a book-length extension of his "Untranslation" article entitled More than Translation: Using the Popol Wuj as a Guide to Indigenous Poetics in American Literatures. Nathan’s current projects explore alternative approaches to syncretism, mestizaje, and ecology that reflect both pre-Contact and current Maya philosophies and perspectives. He has also begun work on a book-length project on nagualismo. Nathan’s teaching focuses include: Central American literature, literature of the Americas, Latin American magic realism, pre-Contact Indigenous literatures, translation theory, language theory, revolution literature, and Spanish language instruction.