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Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

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Education:

  1. PhD, New York University, 2012
  2. MA, New York University, 2007
  3. BA, George Washington University, 2005

Biography:

My work centers on African and Latin American literatures. I am particularly interested in theories of comparison and the intersection of large-scale frameworks—such as World Literature, the Global Anglophone, or the Global South—with local and regional specificities. My current book project is a comparative study of novels about dictators in the post-independence literatures of Africa and Latin America, where I am looking at the intersections of literature and politics across historical and geographic contexts. I have also published essays on topics such as nineteenth-century Latin American travel narrative, women’s writing in nineteenth-century Argentina, and the function of the fetish in representations of the African dictator, amongst others. Before coming to Penn State, I was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center and Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, where I taught courses on World Literature and postcolonial studies. 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • African Literature and Criticism
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Inter-American, Latin American, and Latino/a Literatures
  • Migration, Diaspora, Globalization
  • World Literature in Theory and Practice