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Tom Winterbottom

Lecturer in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Tom Winterbottom teaches in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for the Spanish Language Program (through the Stanford Language Center) and also for the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. His teaching areas cover the first- and second-year Spanish sequences (particularly the accelerated first-year track and cultural emphasis second-year track), Portuguese language, and 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and film with a focus on Brazil.
He received his PhD in Iberian and Latin American Cultures from Stanford University in 2015. He published his first book, A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro after 1889: Glorious Decadence (Palgrave), in 2016 and co-edited (with Marília Librandi and Jamille Pinheiro Dias) the collection Transpoetic Exchange: Haroldo de Campos, Octavio Paz, and other Multiversal Dialogues (Bucknell University Press, 2020). His chapter on the poetics of landscape in Patricio Guzmán's cinema was recently published in the volume Human Rights, Social Movements, and Acitivism in Contemporary Latin American Cinema (2018). He has also published peer-reviewed articles in The Journal of Lusophone StudiesBrasiliana and Nuevo Texto Crítico on Latin American literature and film, as well as frequently contributing essays on a variety of topics to Public Books, Aeon, and The Stanford Report. In addition, he was the guest editor of a special issue of the Peace Review journal on the topic of disaster capitalism (June 2018).
He currently teaches a range of Spanish-language classes from a cultural and communicative perspective for the Stanford Language Center (Spanlang 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A, 11C, 12C, 15), and has previously taught Portuguese (Portlang 1A, 2A). During 2019-21 he developed and taught a professional development course, Língua Portuguesa, in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies. Additionally, he has recently taught the following seminars in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures:
ILAC 194G: Black Brazil: Afro-Brazilian Music, Literature, and Art (Winter 2022)
ILAC 272: New Brazilian Cinema (Winter 2020)
ILAC 227: The Making of Modern Brazil (Winter 2019)
ILAC 256A: Landscapes in Latin American Cinema (Spring 2018)
ILAC 269: Realismo mágico vs. lo real maravilloso (Winter 2018)


PhD, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University, 2015
MA, Latin American Cultural Studies, The University of Manchester, 2008
BA, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, The University of Manchester, 2006