Research Interests: Nationalism and transnationalism, cultural hegemony, production of disciplinary knowledges on Latin American literature throughout the twentieth century
Fernando Degiovanni, a distinguished scholar of modern and contemporary Latin American culture, has been appointed associate professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center, effective Fall 2013. Degiovanni’s research focuses on issues of nationalism and transnationalism, cultural hegemony, and the production of disciplinary knowledge on Latin American literature throughout the twentieth century. Strongly interdisciplinary, his scholarship draws on critical theory, intellectual history, and extensive archival research. In 2007, one of Latin America’s most prestigious academic presses, Beatriz Viterbo Editora, published his book, Los textos de la patria: Nacionalismo, políticas culturales y canon en Argentina (Texts for the Nation: Nationalism, Cultural Politics, and Canon in Argentina). The University of Pittsburgh’s International Institute for Ibero-American Literature distinguished Degiovanni’s book with the 2010 Alfredo Roggiano Award for Latin American Cultural and Literary Criticism. Degiovanni’s articles have appeared in the field’s most prestigious journals—Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Variaciones Borges, Hispamérica, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos—as well as in numerous edited volumes. Clear testimony to the visibility and centrality that he has acquired since the publication of Los textos de la patria is the invitation to contribute to crucial books in the field, such as A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture, edited by Sara Castro-Klaren, and Historia crítica de la literatura argentina, edited by Noé Jitrik. Degiovanni regularly lectures at U.S., European, and Latin American universities. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, and comes to the Graduate Center from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he was associate professor of Romance languages and literatures and chaired the Latin American studies program.