Ph.D. in English, Princeton University, 2017.
M.A. in English, Princeton University, 2013
B.A. in English, Colgate University, Magna cum laude — High Honors, 2010….
Javier Padilla is Assistant Professor of English at Colgate University. His current research project, The Postcolonial Instant, examines the work of several 20th century poets, philosophers, artists and thinkers around the discourse of temporality—from Bachelard’s poetics of the instant, the post-romantic exploration of temporality in the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the poetics of subjectivity in Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, W.B. Yeats’s and Derek Walcott’s postcolonial explorations of modernity and coloniality, to the philosopher Aníbal Quijano’s critique of Anglo-European historicism. This project’s operative hypothesis is that as a literary mode the poetics of the instant affords novel ways of conceptualizing poetic mediation, individuation, and literary representation beyond the strictures of standardized national, chronological, and critical protocols. His articles and translations have appeared in The Capilano Review, Literary Imagination, Revista Iberoamericana, The Journal of Modern Literature, and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.