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.
- Cynthia Steele, David Lauer, trans. City of Memory and Other Poems 1986-1989. By José Emilio Pacheco. 2001.
- Cynthia Steele, trans. Underground River and Other Stories by Inés Arredondo. 1996.
- Cynthia Steele. Beyond the Pyramid: Politics, Gender and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988. 1992.
- Cynthia Steele, Grínor Rojo. Ritos de iniciación: Tres novelas cortas de América Latina. Houghton Mifflin: 1986.
- Cynthia Steele. Narrativa indigenista en los Estados Unidos y México.
- Carolina M. Toscano. "Migrant Mothering in Spanish and US Fiction, 1990-2020." Diss., 2021
- Norma G. Kaminsky. "Impure Memory, Imperfect Justice: A Comparison of Post-Repression Fiction Across the South Atlantic." Diss., 2016.
- Cuauhtemoc Mexica. "Pariahs, Tricksters, and the Subversion of Modernity: The Decolonial Borderland Narratives of Cormac McCarthy and Eduardo Antonio Parra." Diss., 2015.
- William Arighi. "This Humble Work:' Puerto Rican and Philippine Literature between Spanish and United States Empires." Diss., 2015.
- Amal Eqeiq. "\Writing the Indigenous: Contemporary Mayan Literature in Chiapas, Mexico and Palestinian Literature in Israell." Diss., 2013.
- Tavid Mulder. “Desencuentros of Postdictatorship Argentina: Realism, History and Subjectivity in Juan José Saer’s Glosa.” M.A. Thesis, 2012.
- Patrick Blaine. “Recovering Democracy in Post-Dictatorial Chilean Film and Narrative.” Diss., 2010.
- Delphine Gras. "The New Negro Flow and the Black Atlantic: A Study of the Musical Discourse of the Literary Griots of the Americas." Diss., 2010.
- Impure Memory, Imperfect Justice: A Comparison of Post-Repression Fiction Across the South Atlantic
- C LIT 240 G: Writing in Comparative Literature
- C LIT 240 I: Writing in Comparative Literature
- CMS 320 A: Cinema and Nation