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Djelal Kadir
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor
of Comparative Literature at Penn State University

Curriculum Vitae

449 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802-6204
E-mail: kadir@psu.edu
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Comparative Literature Office: (814) 863-0589
Founding President, International American Studies Association

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I. Education
II. Previous Employment
III. Publications
IV. Service on Editorial Boards
V. Service to the Profession
VI. Teaching
VII. Invited Lectures and Seminars
VIII. Honors, Awards, & Grants




A. Work in progress:

B. Published:

1. Books (authored)

2. Books (edited):

  • Routledge Companion to World Literature. Co-Edited with Theo D’Haen and David Damrosch. London & New York: Routledge Publishers, 2011. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415570220/
  • How Far Is America From Here? Selected Proceedings of the First World Congress of the International American Studies Association 22-24 May 2003. Co-Edited with Theo D'haen, Paul Giles, and Lois Parkinson Zamora. Amsterdam/New York: Editions Rodopi, 2005.
  • Comparative History of Latin American Literary Cultures.  3 vols.  Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.  In hard copy and in electronic format.  Co-Editor with Mario J. Valdés.  (Spanish edition, co-publication of UNESCO and Fondo de Cultura, Mexico, forthcoming.  Portuguese edition, University Press of Minas Gerais, Brazil, forthcoming).
  • Longman Anthology of World Literature. Co-editor. 6 vols. NY: Pearson / Longman, 2004; 2ndedition, 2008.
  • Other Modernisms in An Age of Globalization.  Co-editor with Dorothea Loebbermann. Heidelberg:  Universitaetsverlag. C. Winter Verlag, 2002.
  • Triple Espera: Novelas Cortas de Hispanoamérica.  New York:  Harcourt Brace   Jovanovich, 1976. An edition of novellas by GabrielGarcía Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Juan Carlos Onetti. Multiple re-printings.

3. Books (Translation/edition, from the Portuguese):

  • João Cabral de Melo Neto: Selected Poetry 1937-1990. Djelal Kadir, editor and translator, with additional  translations by American Academy of Poets-Elizabeth Bishop, Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin, Alastair Reid, Ricardo Sternberg, Richard Zenith, et al. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1994; paperback edition, 1996.

C. Edited Special Periodical Issues:

  1. Globalization and World Literature.  Special Issue of Comparative Literature Studies 41:1 (2004).
  2. America: The Idea, the Literature.  Guest Editor, special issue of PMLA, 118:1 (January 2003).
  3. Comparative Literature and Globalization.Special Issue of Neohelicon 28:1 (2001).
  4. Literatures of Theory. Special Issue of Neohelicon 27:1 (2000).
  5. Assia Djebar.  Special issue of World Literature Today 70:4 (Autumn 1996).
  6. Literatures of Central Asia. Special issue of World Literature Today 70: (Summer, 1996). Co-published with UNESCO.
  7. South African Literature in Transition. Special issue of World Literature Today 70:1 (Winter, 1996). Co-published with UNESCO.
  8. Luisa Valenzuela. Monographic issue of World Literature Today 69:4 (Autumn, 1995).
  9. Multiculturalism in Contemporary German Literature. Special issue of World Literature Today 69:3 (Summer, 1995). Co-Published with UNESCO.
  10. Comparative Literature: States of the Art. Special issue of World Literature Today 69:2 (Spring, 1995).
  11. Postmodernism/Postcolonialism. Special issue of World Literature Today. 69:1 (Winter, 1995).
  12. Kamau Brathwaite. Monographic issue of World Literature Today. 68:4 (Autumn, 1994).
  13. Indian Literatures in the Fifth Decade of Independence.  Special issue ofWorld Literature Today. 68:2 (Spring,1994).
  14. Maryse Condé. Monographic issue of World Literature Today< 67:4 (Autumn, 1993).
  15. Contemporary Australian Literature. Special issue of World Literature Today 67:3 (Summer, 1993).
  16. Russian Literature at A Crossroads.. Special issue of World Literature Today, 67:1 (Winter, 1993).
  17. The Rigors of Necessity: João Cabral de Melo Neto. Monographic issue ofWorld Literature Today. 66:4 (Autumn, 1992).
  18. The Cultural Criticism of Octavio Paz. Monographic issue of Siglo XX/20th Century: Critique & Cultural Discourse, 10:1-2. 1992-93.
  19. From this World: Contemporary American Indian Literature. Special issue ofWorld Literature Today. 66:2 (Spring, 1992).
  20. The Posthumous Career of Manuel Puig. Monographic issue of World Literature Today. 65:4 (Autumn, 1991).
  21. Discovering Columbus. Monographic issue of Annals of Scholarship. 8.2 (1991).

D. Articles and Book Chapters

  1. "Ecce Homo: Somewhat Human, Particularly Global, Conveniently Universal, Relatively Unique, Comparatively Incommensurable,” in The Concept of Humanity in An Age of Globalization. Zhang Longxi, editor. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co.-Unipress, 2012.
  2. Via the Margin of the Poetic, The Status of Interpretation in Italian American Studies. Jerome Krase, editor. Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum Publishing, 2011.
  3. "Edgar Allan Poe: America's Conscience and Epistemic Anxiety," in Poe Alive in the Century of Anxiety.Luisa Juarez, editor. Alcalá de Henares: Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin. Universidad Alcalá de Henares Press, 2011.
  4. "To Compare, To World: Two Verbs, One Discipline,” The Comparatist, vol. 34 (May 2010).
  5. America’s Exceptional Comparabilities: An Instance of World Literature,” Comparative Literature: Journal of the American Comparative Literature Association. 61.3 (Summer 2009).
  6. “ Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyatın Konumu,”  [The Place of Comparative Literature] Varlik, vol.76 (İstanbul, Varlık Yayinlari A.S, January 2009), trans. by Kemal Atakay.
  7. “ The Siege of Baghdad: Imperial Tall Tales and History in Miniature,” Al-Abhath: Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences American University of Beirut. 55-56 (2007-08).
  8. “ Liberty and Justice,” in Liberty and Justice: America and the Middle East, Patrick McGreevy, ed. (Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 2008).
  9. “ On the Ethics of Coexistence in Diversity,” in Culture, Diversity & Development: The UNESCO Lectures, 2004. Stephanos Stephanides, ed.(Nicosia: University of Cyprus, 2008).
  10. “ Sensazionale,” in I Cinque Sensi (per Tacer del Sesto. Quaderni di Synapsis IV. Atti della Scuola Europea di Studi Comparati, Francesco Ghelli, ed. (Florence, Italy: Le Monnier, 2007).
  11. “ Memories of the Future,” in Cultures of Memory, Memories of Culture, a European Union Culture of Memory (ACUME) Project. Stephanos Stephanides, ed. (Nicosia, Cyprus: University of Nicosia Press, 2007)
  12. “ Toward Decentralized American Studies,” The Americanist: Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States. Special issue, The Politics of American Studies. XXIII (2006)
  13. “ Le monde tel qu’on le fait: la valeur prédicative de ‘monde’ et de ‘globalisation’ dans la pratique de la littérature comparée,” Revue de Sciences Humaines. Special issue, La valeur, Dominique Vaugeois, guest editor, 283.3 (2006)
  14. “ International American Studies and The International American Studies Association: President’s Report,” in Americas' Worlds and the World's Americas/Les mondes des Amériques et les Amériques du monde, Amaryll Chanady, George Handley, Patrick Imbert, eds. Ottawa: University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa/Legas, 2006
  15. Iron Square Memoranda (Mutatis, Mutandis): For A World Literary History,” in Studying Transcultural Literary History, Gunilla Lindberg-Wada, ed. Berlin & New York: de Gruyter, 2006
  16. "Comparative Literature in An Age Become Tlön,” Comparative Critical Studies: The Journal of the British Comparative Literature Association. 3.1-2 (2006)
  17. “ America,” Theory Culture and Society, Special issue: Problematizing Global Knowledge, Mike Featherstone, Couze Venn, Ryan Bishop, and John Phillips, eds. 23.2-3 (March-May 2006)
  18. “ Comparative Literature in An Age of Terrorism,” in Comparative Literature in An Age of Globalization, Haun Saussy, ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2006. Ten-year Report of the ACLA on the State of the Discipline.
  19. “ Il culto dell’igiene: Neoliberalismo e sanità pedagogica,” Contaminazioni. Quaderni di Synapsis, 4, Paolo Zanotti, ed. Firenze: Le Monnier, 2005
  20. “ Nación y cultura en el mundo contemporáneo,” Interculturalidad & Traducción/Interculturality & Translation: International Review 1.1 (2005)
  21. “ Reformation and Counter-reformation: Epistemic Shifts in American Studies at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century,” Transit Circle: Revista da Associação Brasileira de Estudos Americanos, 1.1 Aug. 2005
  22. “ Pragmatismo y patriotismo: William James cien años después,” in Aproximaciones a la obra de William James: La formulación del pragmatismo. Jaime de Salas & Félix Martín, eds. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Colección Razón y Sociedad, 2005.
  23. "Defending America Against Its Devotees," Comparative American Studies 2:2 (2004)
  24. "To World, To Globalize: Comparative Literature's Crossroads," Comparative Literature Studies 41:1 (2004)
  25. “ Lo stato attuale e gli American Studies,” America at Large: Americanistica transnazionale e nuova comparatistica. Donatella Izzo & Giorgio Mariani, eds. Milano: I Libri di Acoma, 2004
  26. "Totalization, Totalitarianism, and Tlön: Borges' Cautionary Tale," in Reescrituras.  Luz Rodríguez-Carranza y Marilene Nagle, eds. Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi, 2003.
  27. "Introduction: America and its Studies," PMLA, 118:1 (2003)
  28. "La cospirazione della cultura e la cultura della conspirazione," in Cospirazione, trame, ed. Simona Micali.  Quaderni di Synapsis 2.  Firenze: Le Monnier, 2003.
  29. “ Arborescent Paz, Interlineal Poetry,” in Octavio Paz (Modern Critical Views). Harold Bloom, ed., Langhorne, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2002
  30. "The Spatial Logic of Just-in-Time Modernism," in Other Modernisms in An Age of Globalization. Djelal Kadir and Dorothea Loebbermann, eds. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag C. Winter Verlag, 2002.
  31. "The Commons of History," in Do the Americas Have a Common Literary History?   Barbara Buchenau & Annette Paatz, eds. Inter-American Literary Studies Series.  Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002
  32. "Comparative Literature, the Transnational and the Global," Neohelicon 28:1 (Winter 2001)
  33. "Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the 'Essence of Philosophy': An Adversative Conversation," Neohelicon, 27:1 (Winter, 2000)
  34. "Afterwords" to Stepmother Tongue: From Nationalism to Multiculturalism-Literatures of Cyprus, Greece, & Turkey. M. Yashin, ed.  London: Middlesex Univ. Press, 1999
  35. "Tsaloumas' Apostrophe," Essays on the Poetry of Dimitris Tsaloumas.   Helen Nikas, ed.  Melbourne, Australia: Owl Publishing/ La Trobe University, 1999.
  36. "Of Letters and Literacy," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée   29: 2  (June 1997).
  37. "Collaborative Historiography: A Comparative Literary History of Latin America," co-authored with Linda Hutcheon and Mario Valdés. American Council of Learned Societies. ACLS Occasional Paper No. 35.  1996.
  38. "Rhetoric and the Question of Knowing," Variaciones Borges 2/(1996).
  39. "Trials of an Amatory Tradition," Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts,  Autumn,1995.
  40. "Proemio: Personificaciones primarias," in La situación autobiográfica.  Juan Orbe, ed. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor, 1995.
  41. "The Posts of Coloniality," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée,  27:3  (September 1995).
  42. "Comparative Literature Hinternational [sic]," editor's introduction to Comparative Literature: States of the Art special issue of World Literature Today   69:2 (Spring 1995).
  43. "What Are We After?" Editor's introduction to Postmodernism/Postcolonialism,  a special issue of World Literature Today   69:1 (Winter, 1995). Re-printed in Borders & Margins: Post-Modernism & Post-Colonialism.   Fernando de Toro, ed. Theorie und Kritik der Kultur und Literatur / Theory & Criticism of Culture and Literature Series.  Frankfurt-am-Main: Vervuert Verlag, 1995.
  44. "On the \ars combinatoriaof Plato's Cratylus, " in Plato and Postmodernism.  Steven Shankman, ed. Glenside, PA: The Aldine Press, Ltd. 1994.
  45. "Columbus & Our Culture Wars,"Forum Italicum: Columbus Supplement.  Stony Brook: SUNY, 1993. 94-100.
  46. "Divine Primitives: Primitives Divined," Before Columbus Review: A Quarterly Review of Multicultural Literature, 3:2 Fall/Winter (1992) 26-29.
  47. "Next Door: Writing Elsewhere," The Review of Contemporary Fiction 12:2 (Summer 1992) 60-69.
  48. "The Writing of America: Graphic Conquests," Annals of Scholarship 8:2  (1991) 145-161.
  49. "America's Anxious Foundations," in Perspectives on Culture and Society II.  Warren Vander Hill, ed. Muncie, IN: Ball State University Press, 1991. 41-63.
  50. "Huevos Rancheros," [editor's title, alas!] Rolling Stock  17/18, 1990. Review essay on Christopher Unborn by Carlos Fuentes. Trans. Alfred MacAdam (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989).
  51. "Imperio y Providencia en el Nuevo Mundo: Colón y el Libro de las Profecías (1501)," Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 14:28 (1988) 329-35.
  52. "Cultural De-Liberations: States of Emergency."  Occasional Papers,  no. 23. Center for Humanistic Studies, University of Minnesota, 1987.
  53. "The Survival of Theory and the Surviving Fictions of Latin America," Modern Fiction Studies<   32:3 (1986) 383-96.
  54. "Juan Carlos Onetti," in Critical Survey of Long Fiction. Frank N. Magill, ed.  La Cañada, CA/ Washington, D.C.: Salem Press, 1984. 1205-1215.
  55. "Historia y novela: La tramatización de la palabra," in Historia y ficción en la narrativa hispanoamericana. Roberto González Echevarría, ed. Caracas:  Monte Avila Editores, 1984. 297-307.
  56. "Prose Fiction: Andean Countries"  section of Handbook of Latin American Studies. Regular contributor  vols. 40-52 (1978-1990 ). Dolores Martin, ed. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  57. "The New World as Proemial Trope," Cream City Review (U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Department of English) 7:2 (1982) 6-13.
  58. "Carlos Fuentes: Culpable inocencia y profeta del pasado,"Revista Iberoamericana   116/17 (1981) 55-66.
  59. "Susurros de Ezra Pound en Dejemos hablar al viento," Texto Crítico  18/19 (1981) 80-86.
  60. "The Architectonic Principle of Cien años de soledad and the Vichian Theory of History," Romance Quarterly 24:3 (1977) 251-61.
  61. "Intimations of Terror in Borges' Metaphysics," Symposium 31:3 (1977) 196-211.
  62. "Same Voices, Other Tombs: Structures of Mexican Gothic," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature   (Fall, 1976) 47-64.
  63. "Stalking the Oxen of the Sun and Felling the Sacred Cows: Joyce's Ulysses and Cabrera Infante's Three Trapped Tigers," Latin American Literary Review 3:8 (1976) 15-22.
  64. "Another Sense of the Past: Henry James' The Aspern Papers and Carlos Fuentes' Aura," Revue de Littérature Comparée (1976) 448-54.
  65. "Nostalgia or Nihilism: Pop Art and the New Spanish American Novel," Journal of Spanish Studies: Twentieth Century 2:3 (1975) 127-35.
  66. "Inquisición: Leopoldo Lugones, cuentista fatal," Revista de Estudios Hispánicos< 9:3 (1975) 309-11.
  67. "A Mythical Re-enactment: Julio Cortázar's El perseguidor," Latin American Literary Review 2:3 (1974) 63-73.
  68. "Empatía negativa en El pozo de Juan Carlos Onetti," in Homenaje a Juan Carlos Onetti. Helmy Giacoman, ed. New York: Las Américas, 1974. 207-14.
  69. "Borges the Heresiarch Mutakallimun," Modern Fiction Studies 19:3 (1973) 461-68.
  70. "Neruda and Whitman: Short-circuiting the Body Electric," Pacific Coast Philology  8 (1973) 16-23.

E. Poetry

Tessera apokruja poimata tou Tzelal Kantir.Erehna [Athens] (Septembrios 1993). 41-42. [Four Apocryphal Poems. Translated from Spanish into Greek by Elli Peonidou].

Oi teleutaioi sticoi tou Dionusiou Solomou. Erehna [Athens] (Martios 1994). [The Final Verses of Dionysios Solomos.  Translated from English into Greek by Elli Peonidou].


  1. Member Comitato scientifico, Status Quaestionis: Rivista di studi letterari, linguistici e interdisciplinary 
  2. http://statusquaestionis.uniroma1.it/index.php/statusquaestionis/ ,   2012-
  3. Consulting Editor, The International Literary Quarterly (www.interlitq.org), 2009-
  4. Editorial Board Member, RIAS: Review of International American Studies (http://www.iasaweb.org/). Journal of the International American Studies Association, 2006–
  5. Editorial Board Member,Comparative Critical Studies: The Journal of the British Comparative Literature Association, 2005-
  6. Editorial Board Member, Dedalus: Revista Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada, 2004–
  7. Editorial Board Member, Comparative American Studies, 2003—
  8. Editorial Board Member, Interculturalidad & Traducción (Spain), 2003–
  9. Editorial Board Member, Bulletin of Latin American Research (U.K.), 2002–
  10. Editorial Board Member,CR:  Centennial Review, 2001–
  11. Editorial Board Member, Revue Française d'Études Américaines, 2000–
  12. Member, Advisory Board, Inter-American Literary Studies Series, University of Göttingen, Germany, 2000­–2005
  13. Editorial Board Member, Comparative Literature Studies, 1999–
  14. Editorial Board Member, PMLA, 1998-2000.
  15. Editor, World Literature Today, 1991-1996.
  16. International Board, Variaciones Borges.  Borges Center, Aaurhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 1996-2006
  17. Editorial Advisory Board, Monash Romance Studies.  Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1995–
  18. Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts,  1994-
  19. Editorial Board Member, Teoría y Crítica de la Cultura y Literatura, 1994–
  20. Guest Editor, Annals of Scholarship, 1992.
  21. Editorial Advisory Board, Modern Fiction Studies, 1992-
  22. Editor, Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures.  Purdue University Press, 1990-1991; Associate Editor, 1991-
  23. Board Member, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 1991-
  24. Associate Editor, Hispania, 1991-1993.
  25. Editorial Advisory Board, Voices in Italian Americana, 1989–
  26. Editor for Latin America, Siglo XX/20th Century: Critique and Cultural Discourse, 1989-92.
  27. Editor, Purdue University Monographs in Romance Languages, 1987-1990
  28. Board Member, Purdue University Press, 1986-1991; Chair of the Board, 1988-1991.
  29. Guest Editor, Modern Fiction Studies  (Latin-America number). Fall 1986.
  30. Council Member, Revista de Estudios Colombianos, 1984-
  31. Board of Advisory Editors Member, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, 1980-
  32. Associate Editor, Purdue University Monographs in Romance Languages,  1979-1987.
  33. Contributing Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies   (Library of Congress), 1978-1990.
  34. Board of Advisory Editors Member, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, 1976-
  35. Board of Advisory Editors Member, Journal of Spanish Studies: XXth entury<, 1975-1980.
  36. Guest Editor, Review  (Center for Inter-American Relations, New York), 1975.


  1. Member, Governing Board and Fellow, Institute for World Literature, Harvard University, 2010–
  2. Member Executive Board and Fellow, Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History, 2008–
  3. Member International Board of Outside Evaluators for the Humanities, Fundação de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal, 2008.
  4. Outside Assessor for Accreditation, Graduate Program in Comparative Literature, Lebanese American University, Beirut, 2008.
  5. Member, Advisory Board, American Comparative Literature Association, 2007-2011.
  6. Chairman, Jury for the American Comparative Literature Association’s René Wellek Prize for Best Book in Literary Criticism and Theory, 2007–2008.
  7. Jury Member, American Comparative Literature Association’s Harry Levin Prize for Best Book in Literary History and Criticism, 2006–2007.
  8. Jury Member, American Comparative Literature Association’s René Wellek Prize for Best Book in Literary Criticism and Theory, 2005–2006.
  9. Vice President, UNESCO Commission for Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems http://www.eolss.net/, Social Sciences and Humanities, Comparative Literature Section, 2005–
  10. Member, International Advisory Board, The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2004–
  11. Board Member, Fundación Xavier de Salas (Spain), 2002—
  12. President, International American Studies Association, 2000-2005; Founding President and Member of Executive Council, International American Studies Association, 2005–
  13. International Advisory Board and Senior Fellow, SYNAPSIS: The European School of Comparative Studies, 2001–
  14. External Assessor, Literary History in Global Contexts–A Comparative Project. The Royal Swedish Research Council, 2001–2005.
  15. Director, International School of Theory in the Humanities, 2000—2002.
  16. Senior Research Associate, Unit for Cross Cultural Studies, Centre for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2000-
  17. Vice President, International College of Global Studies, 1998-2000.
  18. Charter Member, Governing Board, International Foundation for Global Studies, 1997-2000.
  19. Member Executive Board, Senior Research Fellow, and Chairman of Publications Committee, International School of Theory in the Humanities, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1997-2000.
  20. Senior Research Associate, Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies and Documentation, Romansk Institut, Aarhus University,  Denmark, 1996-
  21. Member Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association of America, 1995-1998.
  22. Elected to MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee for 1998-2001.  Chairman, 1999-2000.
  23. Board Member, International Writers Center, Washington University, Saint Louis, 1994-1998.
  24. Senior Research Associate, Ibero-Amerikanisches Forschungsseminar, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Leipzig, Germany, 1994-.
  25. Board of Directors, Council on National Literatures, New York, 1993-.
  26. International Comparative Literature Association: Treasurer, Executive Council of Coordinating Committee for Publication of Comparative Literary Histories 1992-2000; Committee on Literary Theory 1994-, Chairman of Committee on Literary Theory, 1998-2003.
  27. Director and Jury Chairman, Neustadt International Prize for Literature (biennial, $40K prize), 1991-1996.
  28. Oklahoma Arts Council, Member, 1991-1996.
  29. National Endowment for the Humanities, reviewer, 1993.
  30. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, reviewer, 1990-.
  31. Reader, Duke University Press, 1990-.
  32. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviewer, 1985-1990.
  33. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (on Latin American Art), 1985-1986.
  34. Reader, The University of Texas Press, 1985-.
  35. Reader, The University of Illinois Press, 1985; 1991.
  36. The Library of Congress, 1978-1998.


Courses and Seminars Taught

A. In Comparative Literature

  1. Comparative Criticism: Foundations of Pre-Modern Theory
  2. International Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe Comparative Criticism: Foundations of Pre-Modern Theory
  3. Proseminar: Comparative Literature, Theory and Practice
  4. The Modern Novel: American and Continental
  5. Homer and Joyce
  6. Romanticism and Nation Building
  7. History and Fiction: Historiography and Narrative
  8. Literary Theory and Criticism
  9. Post-Colonial Literature & Critical Theory
  10. On Translation
  11. Reading Across Frontiers
  12. Literatures of the Americas
  13. International Short Story
  14. Literatures of Theory
  15. Founding Narratives of the Americas
  16. The International Legacy of Borges
  17. Rehearsals of Modernism
  18. Globalization and Academic Discourses
  19. Rethinking America
  20. Worlding America
  21. Absolute America
  22. Morphologies of Postmodernism
  23. Ideas of World Literature (Graduate Seminar)
  24. Introduction to World Literature (Undergraduate)

B. In the Department of English

  1. American Literature
  2. "World" Literature
  3. The Continental Novel
  4. The New Novel
  5. Literature in Translation

C. In Spanish & Portuguese

  1. Bibliography and Criticism
  2. Spanish American Literature (all periods)
  3. Prose Fiction and the Apocalyptic Tradition
  4. The Modern Short Story
  5. The New Novel
  6. Avant-garde Poetry
  7. Borges
  8. Contemporary Prose
  9. Spanish Language (all levels)
  10. Portuguese Language (all levels).


  1. The Nave Distinguished Visiting Lecturer (two lectures: “World Literature: The Allophone, the Different, the Common,” and “Critical Ethics and the Notion of Evil”), Institute for Research in the Humanities, Global Studies/International Institute, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 3-6 December, 2009.
  2. Gibran in America: A Conflicted Life,” Keynote Address, Kahlil Gibran’s Presence in Different Cultures and Societies, Beirut, Lebanese American University, 5-8 November 2009.
  3. E. A. Poe: America’s Conscience and Epistemic Anxiety,” Keynote Address, Congreso Internacional: Poe Presente en el Siglo de la Ansiedad, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 21-23 May 2009.
  4. “World Literature, World Literary History, and the American Hemisphere,” International Conference on World Literature and Culture, Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History and City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 9-10 May 2009.
  5. Imperial Calculus: E Pluribus Unum,” Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany,
    October 8-11, 2008.
  6. “Via the Margin of the Poetic,” Forum in Italian American Criticism, Stony Brook University, NY, 3-4 October 2008.
  7. “Liberty and Justice,” International conference of the Center for American Studies and Research, American University, Beirut, “Liberty and Justice: America in the Middle East,” 6-9 January 2008.
  8. “How to Read A Poem,” week-long undergraduate seminar (three sessions) for general education requirement, Faculty of English and Modern Philology, University of León, Spain, 14-19 May, 2007.
  9. “How to Read A Short Story,” week-long undergraduate seminar (five sessions) for general education requirement, Faculty of English and Modern Philology, University of León, Spain, 14-19 May, 2007.
  10. “Comparative Literature and American Studies: Conjunctions and Disjunctions,” University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 23 May 2007.
  11. “Way Stations of Comparative Literature,” Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, 23 June 2007.
  12. “An Urgent Call for Scandal,” opening lecture of 2007 Summer Seminars of Synapsis: The European School of Comparative Literature, University of Bologna, Italy, 17 September 2007.
  13. “Palimpsest, Ekphrasis, and the Meeting of East and West in Istanbul's Orhan Pamuk,” annual conference of the International Association of Philosophy and Literature, University of Cyprus, 4-9 June 2007.
  14. Theorizing American Studies in A Comparative Context,” Third World Congress of the International American Studies Association, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 23 Sept. 2007. “Ecce Homo: Somewhat Human, Particularly Global, Conveniently Universal, Relatively Unique, Comparatively Incommensurable,” City University of Hong Kong Symposium on “Ideas of Humanity in An Age of Globalization,” 17-21 November 2007.
  15. “Genesis of Comparative Literature: A Mexican Tributary,” International Forum, American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico, 20 April 2007.
  16. “Way Stations of Comparative Literature,” Department of Comparative Literature. Binghamton University, SUNY, 13 April 2007.
  17. “Auerbach’s Scar,” Kelly Writers House Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, 17 October 2006.
  18. “How to Read A Poem,” week-long seminar (three sessions), Faculty of English and Modern Philology, University of León, Spain, May, 2006.
  19. “How to Read A Short Story,” week-long seminar (five sessions), Faculty of English and Modern Philology, University of León, Spain, May, 2006.
  20. “The Siege of Baghdad: Imperial Tall Tales and History in Miniature,” Makdisi Program, American University of Beirut, 21 February 2005.
  21. “Terrorism: A Plea for the Willing Exercise of Disbelief,” Lebanese American University, Beirut, 22 February 2005.
  22. “A World Become Tlön: Americanism in An Age of Absolutes,” University of Houston, TX, 12 October, 2005.
  23. “Sensational,” SYNAPSIS: European School of Comparative Studies, 2005 session topic On The Senses. 28 August-4 September, 2005.
  24. “International American Studies and the International American Studies Association,” Presidential Address, Second World Congress of IASA, Ottawa, Canada, 18—21 August, 2005.
  25. “Comparative American Studies and Its Incomparable Object,” Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, 13 July 2005
  26. “American Studies Beside Itself: The Yaw in the North/South Axis,” Summer Institute on Futures of American Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 21 June 2005
  27. “American Pragmatism and Nationalist Discourse: From William James to Richard Rorty,” Centro Interdipartimentale di Teoria e Estoria Comparata della Letteratura, University of Bologna, Italy, 11 November 2004
  28. “Terrorism and the Abrahamic Tradition,” Presidential Lecture Series, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, 10 November 2004
  29. “Convergence in Contradiction: American Studies and Comparative Literature,” Plenary Address, Transnational American Studies and New Comparative Studies Conference, Universitá degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples, Italy, 8 November 2004
  30. “Iron Square Memoranda: For A World Literary History,” Literary History in Global Contexts Project, The Swedish Research Council, Stockholm, Sweden, 4-6 November 2004
  31. "On the Ethics of Coexistence in Diversity," UNESCO Lecture, 21 May 2004: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Nicosia, Cyprus
  32. "Dictation and Interdiction: Reflections on the Dictator Novel," Representations of the Enemy Conference, Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford University, 23 April 2004
  33. "Memories of the Future," Keynote Address, Cultures of Memory / Memories of Culture Conference, European Union and the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 20-22 February, 2004
  34. "Pragmatism and Patriotism: William James a Hundred Years Later," Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, March 25, 2003.
  35. "Scare Quotes, or the Predicaments of Knowledge," Florida Atlantic University, April 4, 2003.
  36. "Defending America Against its Devotees," Presidential Address.  First World Congress of the International American Studies Association, Leiden, The Netherlands, May 22-24, 2003.
  37. "America at Large When Politics Get Small," Centro Studi Americani, Roma, Italy, June 4, 2003.
  38. "Las fronteras del multiculturalismo," Entretextos III.  Fundación Academia Europea, Yuste, Spain and Universities of León and Extremadura, July 7-11, 2003.
  39. "Lines in the Sand-Places and Spaces: Culture, Memory, Identity,” Plenary Address, British Council International Conference on Space, Culture, and Identity, Delphi, Greece, September 6-13, 2003.
  40. "El culto a la higiene: Neoliberalismo y sanidad pedagógica," SYNAPSIS: European School of Comparative Studies, Bertinoro, Italy, September 14-20, 2003.
  41. Theory and Comparative Literature 30-hour doctoral seminar, “Doctorado de Calidad,” Universidad de Leon, Spain, May-June 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.
  42. "History after History: the Cultural Politics of Literary Historiography," University of Miami, Coral Gables, February 22, 2002.
  43. "The Spatial Logic of Just-in-Time Modernism.  Department of Architecture, College of Art and Architecture, Penn State University, February 12, 2002.
  44. "Rethinking America and Its Studies," The Swedish Royal Academy, Stockholm October 18, 2001.
  45. "The Conspiracy of Culture and the Culture of Conspiracy," Inaugural Lecture, SYNAPSIS:  The European School of Comparative Studies, 2001 Session, Bertinoro, Italy, August 26, 2001.
  46. "Ars Conspiratoria," (A one-week seminar) SYNAPSIS: The European School of Comparative Studies, 2001 Session, Bertinoro, Italy, August 26-September 1, 2001.
  47. "Global Time, Warped Space," Keynote Address, the 4th English Literature Conference: Literature and the Politics/Poetics of Space.  University of the Eastern Mediterranean, May 10, 2001.
  48. "Nación y cultura en el mundo contemporáneo," Entretextos: Dialogos Culturales de Europa y El Nuevo Mundo.  Fundación Xavier de Salas, Univ. de León, Univ. de Extremadura, Turjillo, Spain, July 9, 2001.
  49. "Cardinal Points, Ordinal Worlds, Comparative Literature," Keynote Address, Congreso Bienal de La Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada, Leon. Spain, October 25-28, 2000.
  50. "Global, Transnational, Comparative," President's Roundtable, XVI Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Pretoria, South Africa, August 11-18, 2000.
  51. "International American Studies," American Forms, Global Forums: Founding Conference of the International American Studies Association, Rockefeller Foundation Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, May 29-June 2, 2000.
  52. "The Commons of History," Goettingen Univ., Germany, 23 July, 1999.
  53. "Nation, Ethnicity, Identity," The Trans-Atlantic Project.  Brown Univ., 19 April, 1999.
  54. "The Art of Exile," National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada, 18 September, 1998.
  55. "History, Literature, Historiography," Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 13 January, 1998.
  56. "Comparative Literature and Transnational Culture," Keynote Address. Symposium on New Ventures in Literature and Culture. Bilkent  University, Ankara, Turkey. 21 November, 1997.
  57. "Herodotus, Historiography, and Literary History," XVth  Congress of the  International Comparative Literature Association, Leiden, Netherlands, 16-22  August, 1997.
  58. "A Quizzical Agenda," A Position Paper for the International Roundtable on The Future of the Humanities in Europe and the Americas.  University of Santiago de Compostela on the 500th Anniversary of the University and on the occasion of the founding and chartering of the International School of Theory in the Humanities. 28 July-2 August 1997.
  59. "Of Culture and Cultural Studies," Goldsmiths College, University of London, 23 June, 1997.
  60. "Of Letters and Literacy," Keynote Address. Annual Congress of The Canadian Comparative Literature Association and the Canadian Federation of Learned Societies.  Memorial University, St. John´s, Newfoundland,  1997.
  61. "Spectral Cities," Keynote Address. 32nd Annual Comparative Literature Conference.  California State University, Long Beach, 6 March, 1997.
  62. "On Culture and Nation." Annual Comparative Literature Lecture, University of Rochester, New York.  19 April, 1996.
  63. "Nobel Endeavors." Plenary Lecture. Writing Lives: An International Conference on Biography and Autobiography. Boston University, 30 November 1995
  64. "Transnationalism and Literary Culture."   Language, Culture, & Nationality.  Yale University Council on Latin American Studies Fall 1995 Lecture Series.  Yale University, 2 November 1995. Also delivered at the Department of Comparative Literature University of Chicago, 18 November 1995.
  65. "History, Displacement, Comparative Literature." Colloquium on Historical Understanding of Literature. International Comparative Literature Association and the Department of Comparative Literature of New York University, 26 May 1995.<
  66. "Requiem for Onetti." Commemoration on the Anniversary of Juan Carlos Onetti's Death. General Consul and Embassy to the United Nations of the Republic of Uruguay. New York, 30 May 1995.
  67. "Modernism, Colonialism, and the Post." Colloquium on Post-Modern/Post-colonial Literature: Civilization & Its Discontents. The School of Comparative Literary Studies. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 4-9 October 1994.
  68. "Comparative Literature: Quo Vadis?" Inaugural Lecture for Commencement of Academic Year 1994-95. Department of Comparative Literature Washington University, St. Louis. 27 August 1994.
  69. "Commonwealth Literatures and Transnationalism." Stanford Center for the Study of the Novel. Stanford University. 14 April 1994.
  70. "Literature, Nationalism, Ethics, and Ethnicity." Department of Comparative Literature. University of California, Berkeley. 15 April 1994.
  71. "Nationalism, Literature, Transnationalism." Departments of French & Italian and Spanish & Portuguese; Program in Comparative Literature.  University of Southern California. 18 April 1994.
  72. "Impersonations." Inaugural Address. Symposium on Autobiography and Writing. The Americas Society. New York, New York, 28-30 October 1993.
  73. "Transnational Literature and the Comparatist in An Age of Nationalism."  Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Emory University.  Atlanta, Georgia, 25 October 1993.
  74. "Odi et Amo: 'Atlanta's balls cast in mens views'." Keynote Address. International Conference on Representations of Love and Hate. Atlanta, Georgia. 21-23 October 1993
  75. "Transnational Literature and Other Indispensable Equivocations."  Address to the 3ème Cycle d'Anglais, Facultés des Lettres, Universités de Genève et Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 April-1 May 1993.
  76. "The Morse Code." Plenary Address. "Reflections on Culture and Ideology in the Americas: A Conference in Honor of Richard M. Morse."  The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. 19-21 March 1993.
  77. "Columbus: Cross, Crossed, and Crossed Out." Keynote Address, Conference on "Telemarketing a Cross-Dressed Columbus." Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine, 30-31 October 1992
  78. "Columbus and Our Culture Wars." Plenary Address, International Conference on the Quincentenary  "1494-1992: Encounters in the Americas."  University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan, 8-12 October 1992.
  79. "Columbus & the Encounter of Cultures" Conference, Department of French & Italian and the Center for Italian Studies, SUNY, Stonybrook, 16-17 October 1992.
  80. "Encomium para o poeta João Cabral de Melo Neto." Address to the Academia Brasileira de Letras.  Rio de Janeiro, during the National Academy's Solemn Session of August, 1992.
  81. "Columbus Our Contemporary." Plenary Address, Quincentenary Conference: "Columbus & the Consequences of 1492 in History, Literature and Art." LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 25-27 June 1992.
  82. "Culture: Hispanic, Herpanic, Theirpanic." Keynote Address, VI Annual International Symposium on Hispanic Culture. University of Texas/Panamerican. 16-18 April 1992.
  83. "The Uses of Columbus." Plenary Address, Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Columbus Quincentenary. Purdue University, 2-5 March, 1992.
  84. "Columbus on Columbus." Plenary Address. A Conference of The Federal Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission, sponsored by the  National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council: "1492-1992-Discovering Columbus."  Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 26-28 March 1992.
  85. "On the Myth of Fantasy." Keynote Address, Seventh Annual International Conference on Literature and the Visual Arts, Atlanta, GA, 25-28 October 1991.
  86. "Rhetoric, Ideology, Conquest: America's Primal Scene." Keynote Address, Sixth Annual Comparative Literature Symposium: "Unsettling New Worlds: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Discovery." University of Tulsa, 4-7 April 1991.
  87. "Borges's Homer." University of Chicago, 1990.
  88. "Postmodernism and the Difference It Makes." Reed College, 1990.
  89. "On the ars combinatoriaof Plato's Cratylus:  A Novel Accommodation."  University of Oregon, Eugene, 1990: "Plato & Postmodernism:  Schism/cession/symbiosis-An Interdisciplinary Symposium."
  90. "Columbus and the Ends of the Earth." Center for Humanistic Studies, Fellow's Lecture, Purdue University, 1990.
  91. "After Theory: Rhetoric, Culture, Discourse, Ideology." A seminar with a series of six lectures. University of Colorado, Boulder. 1989.
  92. "America's Anxious Foundations." Provost's Distinguished Lectures Series, Ball State University. 1988.
  93. "Cultural De-Liberations, States of Emergency: On 'Emergent Literatures'."  Center for Humanistic Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1987.
  94. "García Márquez and the Prophetic Tradition." University of Chicago, 1986.
  95. "Surviving Theory." University of New Mexico, 1986.
  96. "Melquíades' One Hundred Years of Solitude." Washington University, St. Louis, 1985.
  97. "Fuentes' Apostrophe, History's Parabasis." Washington University, St. Louis, 1984.
  98. "The Fiction of Fact." University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982.
  99. "Chiastic Phenomenology and Bonatti's Poetics." Harvard University, 1982.
  100. "Borges and the Pharmacy of Writing."  University of Chicago, 1982.
  101. "Baroque, the Untenable Ground." Yale University, 1982.
  102. "Pablo Neruda: The Adamic Poet." Flinders University of South Australia, 1981.
  103. "Cervantes and the New Novel." Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1981.
  104. "Language and the Conquest of the New World." University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1981.
  105. "Onetti y Ezra Pound." Universidad Veracruzana, México, 1980.
  106. "Carlos Fuentes: Terra Nostra." Indiana University, Bloomington, 1980.
  107. "Historia y novela: La tramatización de la palabra." Yale University, 1979.
  108. "Literature, Ideology, and Cultural History." Purdue University, 1976.
  109. "Literature as Revolution." University of New Mexico, 1971.


  1. The Comparative Literature Faculty Teaching Award, Penn State University, 2008.
  2. College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Service Medal, Penn State University, 2007.
  3. Conference Grant (with Patrick Imbert, Univ. of Ottawa) from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada for the Second World Congress of the International American Studies Association, Ottawa, Canada, 18-22 August, 2005. $35K Canadian
  4. Erasmus Professional Development Award (in recognition of Undergraduate Teaching), Penn State University, 2004.
  5. Rockefeller Foundation International Study Center Grant for the Founding Conference of the International American Studies Association, Bellagio, Italy, May 2000.
  6. Recipient of the  "Marilyn Douglas Memorial Award" at the 1996 Governor's Arts Awards for outstanding contribution as member of the Oklahoma Arts Council (1991-1996). Legislative citation, 23 October 1996, for outstanding service in the arts as member of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma State Senate, authored by Senator Penny Williams; Oklahoma State House, authored by Representative Laura Boyd.
  7. Puterbaugh Foundation grant ($50K, matched by the Allece Garrad Fund) for the $100K enhancement of the Puterbaugh Conference on World Literatures endowment, 1996.
  8. Co-Author (with Linda Hutcheon and Mario J. Valdés) of proposal for Comparative Literary History Project at the University of Toronto.  Funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1995-1999 ($1.1 million, Canadian).
  9. Co-publication grants from UNESCO for special issues of World Literature Today on Germany, South Africa, and Central Asia, 1995-1996 ($15K)
  10. Publication/Translation Grant from The Max Kadé Foundation for special issue of World Literature Today   (Summer 1995) on Literary Culture of the New Germany ($5K).
  11. Short-Term Travel Grant from IREX (International Research Exchanges  Board) for travel to Central Asia for special issue of World Literature Today on "Literatures of the Post- Soviet Central Asian Republics."  1995 ($3K)
  12. The Dolores K. & Walter Neustadt, Jr. grant for the endowment of a named professorship for the Editor of World Literature Today ($250K,matched by the Oklahoma Legislative Matching Program for Higher Education for a total of $500K), 1994.
  13. Publication Grant from The Hefner Foundation for Winter 1993 issue of World Literature Today ($7K)
  14. Publication Grant from The Australia Council for publication of Summer 1993 issue of World Literature Today($12K).
  15. Resident Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation International Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, May, 1993
  16. Resident Fellow, Institute for World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, Spring, 1992.
  17. Translation Grant for João Cabral de Melo Neto: Selected Poetry 1937-1990 from the Allece Garrard Fund, 1992  ($5K).
  18. Research Grant from LogoVaz Foundation, Moscow, Summer 1992 ($10K).

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