Cynthia Steele (she/her/hers)

Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature
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C502 PDL (Padelford Hall)
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Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

A Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media and former Chair of the Department, I teach courses on Literature of the Americas, Latin American cinema, world literature, and literary translation. In addition to the books Narrativa indigenista en los Estados Unidos y México (Instituto Nacional Indigenista, 1985) and Politics, Gender and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988 (University of Texas, 1992), I have published twenty-nine journal articles on contemporary Latin American narrative and film, along with numerous translations of poetry and fiction, including Inés Arredondo, Underground Rivers and Other Stories (University of Nebraska, 1996), José Emilio Pacheco, City of Memory (Poems 1986-89) (City Lights, 1997, with David Lauer), and Open Sea by María Gudín (AmazonCrossing, 2018). I have recently translated two books of Chilean poetry that are in press, along with poems by Mexican, Chilean and Cuban authors that have been published in Exchanges, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Washington Square Review, New England Review, Washington Square Review, Latin American Literary Review, Anomaly, Agni, Prisma International, and Modern Poetry International, among others. 

In Autumn 2022 I will be teaching CMS 320/JSIS 480, ARGENTINE CINEMA, and in Winter 2023 C LIT 357 / JSIS 480, DICTATORSHIP IN NARRATIVE AND FILM OF THE SOUTHERN CONE.


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