Francine Masiello

Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese

francine_masielloFrancine Masiello holds the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair of Spanish and Comparative Literature. At Berkeley, where she has spent most of her career, she has extended a teaching and research arc covering Latin American literatures and comparative North/South cultures of the Americas from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Her work has focused on the relationship between politics and literature, culture under dictatorship and the transition to democracy, and, more recently, the global south as a problem for literature and philosophy, but her real passions show through in her seminars on Latin American poetry. The author of six books, a critical edition, and three edited volumes, she writes in both Spanish and English and publishes in venues in the United States and Latin America. Twice she received the Modern Language Association’s Kovacs Prize for outstanding book in the field of Hispanic Studies. The awards honored her monographs Between Civilization and Barbarism: Women, Nation, and Literary Culture in Modern Argentina (1992) and The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis (2001). Her most recent book, El cuerpo de la voz (2013), devoted to the relationship between ethics and poetry in modern Latin America, received the best book award from the Southern Cone section of the Latin American Studies Association. Currently, she is completing a book provisionally titled The Senses of Democracy, which focuses on the sensorium in politics and culture of the Americas from the 19th century to the present. Her research focus has largely embraced Argentina and Chile, but she has also taught and written about literature of the Caribbean and Mexico.