Dr Fabricio Tocco

PhD Hispanic Studies (University of British Columbia); MA Littérature et Histoire (Université Paris 7); BA Comp. Lit. and BA Spanish (Universitat de Barcelona).
Lecturer in Spanish (Language and Literature) | Portuguese Convenor
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literature In Spanish And Portuguese 200514
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Literary Theory 200525
  • Iberian Languages 200308
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Poststructuralism 220317
  • Latin American History 210308

Research interests

Comparative Literature and History
Intersections between Literature and Political Theory
Critical Theory
Popular Culture
Gender Studies
Genre History: Crime Fiction, Political Thriller.
Argentina and Brazil
Spanish and Portuguese
Post-Dictatorial Latin America
Film Studies


I was born in 1985 in Argentina, but grew up between Buenos Aires and São Paulo (Brazil). After a major economical and political crisis that affected South America in the early 2000s, I moved with my family to Spain, where I finished high-school in Tarragona and later earned two BAs at the Universitat de Barcelona (Comparative Literature and Spanish Language and Literature).

In 2010, I moved to Paris (France), as part of the Erasmus Program, to study at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV. In 2013, I completed my MA in Littérature et Histoire at the Université Paris 7, where I wrote the thesis Le fantastique hispanique à la lumière de la théorie et la sociologie de la littérature under the supervision of Prof Guiomar Hautcœur. My thesis is a comparative study on supernatural stories written in Spain and Argentina (Bécquer, Alarcón, Borges), contrasted with the Anglo-French canon (Cazotte, Maupassant, W.W. Jacobs)

In 2019, I obtained my PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada), where I wrote the dissertation A Poetics of Failure: Individualism and the Post Dictatorial State in Southern Cone Detective Stories, under the supervision of Prof. Jon Beasley-Murray. My dissertation is a study on crime fiction written by authors from Argentina, Brazil and Chile in the 1990s (Piglia, Fonseca, Bolaño), focusing on the political and historical implications of the literary rivalry established between the private eye and the police, understanding them, respectively, as a metonymy of individualism and the state. A revised version of my dissertation will be published as a book by Lexington in 2022.

I joined ANU in January 2021.


Available student projects

Proposals are welcome for Honours, MPhil, and PhD research in any of the areas listed in the research interests section above.

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