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Romina Wainberg

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19th to 21st Century Latin American Literature
Ontology of Literature
Philosophy of Technology
History of Extractivism
LGBTQ+ Studies

Romina Wainberg

I'm interested in Latin American aesthetics’ potential for challenging and/or expanding the onto-epistemological breadth of other fields of knowledge; some of the intersections that I've explored so far include: media theory, philosophy of technology, and science fiction; motion graphics and aesthetic computing; plastic art and philosophy of art; post-modern novels and theories of individuation; Amerindian thought, contemporary metaphysics, and short fiction; feminist philosophy and perspectival anthropology; poetry, gender identity laws, and LGBTQ+ approaches to the gender/sex dyad. I've also worked on the relationship between extractivism and aesthetics in Portugal and Brazil—in particular, I've looked at the tension between gemstones' crystal structure, their historical aestheticization, and the forced and exploitative labor inherent in their geological extraction.
 
My dissertation-in-progress examines scenes of writing in the Latin American novel from the 19th to the 21st century.
 
I am the Graduate Student Coordinator of the DLCL Focal Unit materia, the DLCL Research Group The Gothic, the DIF Project Queer Latin American Voices, and the France-Stanford Collaborative Research Project The Multiplicity Turn: Theories of Identity from Poetry to Mathematics.

 

In 2021-2022, I'll be teaching:

 

-COMPLIT 258A/ILAC 211-311: Existentialism, from Moral Quest to Novelistic Form with Prof. Joan Ramon Resina (Winter).

-ILAC 278A: Senior Seminar: 4 Boom Novels with Prof. Héctor Hoyos (Spring). 

 

Recent courses:

- ILAC 161: Modern Latin American Literature with Prof. Héctor Hoyos (Fall 2020-2021) 
- ILAC 139: Jaguars and Labyrinths: A Survey of South American Short Fiction with Prof. Vincent Barletta and Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo (Winter 2020-2021)
- ILAC 123A: Resisting Coloniality: Then and Now with Leonardo Velloso-Lyons (Summer 2020-2021) 

 

Recent publications:

Book chapters
"Alter-regímenes escópicos. Modos de ver y de ser visto en la narrativa especulativa contemporánea." Política y estética de los cuerpos. Edited by Alicia Montes and Cristina Ares. Buenos Aires, Los Angeles: Argus-a. Forthcoming, 2022.
“Motion graphics: límites y potencias estético-políticas en corporalidades digitales anómalas." Política y estética de los cuerpos. Distribución de lo sensible en la literatura y las artes visuales. Edited by Alicia Montes and Cristina Ares. Buenos Aires, Los Angeles: Argus-a, 2019.
“De la invisibilidad a la desindividuación. La desintegración corporal como posibilidad probable." Cuerpos presentes: Figuraciones de la muerte, la enfermedad, la anomalía y el sacrificio. Edited by Alicia Montes and Cristina Ares. Buenos Aires, Los Angeles: Argus-a, 2017.
 
Articles
“¿Puede la literatura hacer metafísica? Metafísica no-proposicional y aperturas inter-cosmológicas en ‘Meu tio o Iauaretê’ de João Guimarães Rosa.” Revista Iberoamericana. Forthcoming, 2021. 
"Women’s ‘Exchange’ in Western and Amerindian Societies: A Feminist Critique of Perspectival Anthropology." Feminist Theory, 2021.
“Rastros, andares y cruces: la plurisemanticidad de la figura del zapato al filo de la frontera Estados Unidos-México." Revista Guaraguao, 2019.
“Huellas (des)calzadas: Rastros y desplazamientos de la teoría estética heideggeriana en Atrabiliarios de Doris Salcedo.” 452ºF. Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, 2018.
"Dónde está la ciencia en 'ciencia ficción.' Una defensa de la apropiación estética del conocimiento científico en la era de su accesibilidad digital." Revista Luthor 34.8 (2017): 36-51.
 
Reviews
El libro de los caballitos (2020) de Valeria Meiller,” Revista Otra Parte, March 2021. Available at:  <revistaotraparte.com/literatura-argentina/el-libro-de-los-caballitos>.
 
Translations
“'El libro de las preguntas' (2020) de David Roden” (“The Book of Questions.” Zahir: Desire and Eclipse, ZENOPRESS, 2020), Revista Jennifer, December 2020. Available at: <jennifer.net.ar/single-post/el-libro-de-las-preguntas>.

 

Education

Now Studying...

2017-: Ph.D., Iberian and Latin American Cutlures, Stanford University

2016-: Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America

Background

M.Phil., Hispanic Studies, University of Glasgow 

B.A., Modern Literature and Literary Theory, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Spec., Creative Writing, Casa de Letras