Francisco “Kiko” Benitez is assistant professor in Comparative Literature. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his BA from Cornell University where he graduated with honors. His research interests include the multiple and often conflicting formations of modern subjectivity and the nation-state in the literature and film of insular Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research is on the constructions of subjectivity in the Philippine awit and the Malay/Indonesian syair during the emergence of print-capitalism and nationalism in insular Southeast Asia.
- Francisco Benitez. "Transnational Questing Desire in Star Cinema's Kailangan kita and Milan." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 19.2 (2011): 257-280.
- Francisco Benitez. "Filming Philippine modernity during the Cold War : the case of Lamberto Avellana." Cultures at war: The Cold War and cultural expression in Southeast Asia. Ithaca, N.Y: Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2010.
- Francisco Benitez. "Ang Mga Pinagdaanang Buhay ng Ibong Adarna: Narrativity and Ideology in the Adarna's Corrido and Filmic Versions." Kritika Kultura 10 (2008): 10-61.
- Francisco Benitez. Proximities: Filipino Literary Selfhoods. In progress.
- Francisco Benitez. "Figuring Cold War Labor and Peasant Resistance in Philipine Film: The Example of Lamberto Avellana's Ang HUK sa Bagong Pamumuhay, Anak Dalita, and Badjao." Cultures at War: The "Cold War" and the Arts in Southeast Asia (Tony Day and Maya Liem, eds.).