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Aldo Mazzucchelli

Visiting Scholar (Winter and Spring AY19-20)

Aldo Mazzucchelli is an essayist, poet and researcher. His latest book (Del Ferrocarril al Tango. El estilo del fútbol uruguayo 1891-1930. Penguin-Random House, 2019) creates a historical narrative on the origins of fútbol (soccer) in the Rio de la Plata area, connecting such origins with deep social and cultural changes in the area. The book claims that Rio de la Plata’s soccer original culture (1880s-1930) contributed, in different ways, to the creation of modern local identity, and to the imaginary placement of the area in the world at large.
Aldo Mazzucchelli is Professor of Latin American Literature at Universidad de la República, in Montevideo, and at the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (ANII-SNI). His doctoral thesis, completed at Stanford in 2007, became the first book of a trilogy on poet Julio Herrera y Reissig. The second book of the trilogy, La mejor de las fieras humanas. Vida de Julio Herrera y Reissig earned him the Bartolomé Hidalgo prize for Essay (2010) in Montevideo. He has published on the theory and role of the essay; on the history and future of the Humanities as a profession; on turn-of-the-century (19th-20th centuries) culture in the Transatlantic space, on Borges, on Modernism and the occult, and on the theory of metaphor.
Lately, he has been reflecting and publishing on the place of the written word in current society.
He was co-founder of “Interruptor” a group of essayists who published regularly online between 2012-2017, along with Gustavo Espinosa and Amir Hamed. Aldo Mazzucchelli has published five books of poetry and received different honors for that. His poetry has been translated to English, Portuguese, and Swedish. He taught Latin American Literature at Brown University (2007-2013).