Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson

Assistant Professor
Dept of Spanish and Portuguese
Research Expertise and Interest
Brazilian literature and culture, Latin American literature and culture
Research Description

Nathaniel Wolfson (B.A., Brown; Ph.D., Princeton) is Assistant Professor of Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Culture and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. His research concerns a range of topics, including avant-garde poetry and aesthetics, media studies,  literature and philosophy; comparative modernisms and the history of science and technology. He is interested in comparative approaches to literature and theory and has written on intersections between global media research and aesthetics, including essays on Latin American and German exchanges following the Second World War.

He is currently working on a book entitled Poetry, Cybernetics and the Design of Brazil’s Avant-garde that rethinks how Brazilian writers and visual artists in the 1950s and 1960s engaged post-war global debates on cybernetics, communication and state capitalist development.

Before going the UC Berkeley faculty, he was postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

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