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Cynthia Steele (she/her/hers)

Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature
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(206) 503-4374
Box: 354338
C502 PDL (Padelford Hall)
Office Hours: 
by appointment


Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

I 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) and José Emilio Pacheco, City of Memory (Poems 1986-89) (City Lights, 1997, with David Lauer). 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, Latin American Literary Review, Anomaly, Agni, Prisma International, and Modern Poetry International. 

In Autumn 2021 I will be teaching CMS 320/JSIS 480, MEXICAN CINEMA, a broad overview of the development of Mexican cinema, from its origins in silent film and newsreels about the Mexican Revolution, to the ‘Golden Age of Mexican Cinema’ (1930-1960), and the emergence of internationally prominent directors, working in both Mexico City and Hollywood, during the 2000s. 


Courses Taught

Summer 2017 Full-term

Summer 2014 A-term

Summer 2010 B-term


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