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Justin Read

Justin Read
Associate Professor
933 Clemens Hall
W 1-3
(716) 645-0878
  • AB, Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1994.
  • AB, English, University of California, Berkeley, 1994.
  • MA, Comparative LIterature, University of Michigan, 1997.
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 2002.
Representative publications: 


Modern Poetics and Hemispheric American Cultural Studies.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan (Studies of the Americas Series), 2009.


Forthcoming Articles

“Re-Mapping the Space Between:  Sovereignty, Globalization, and Media Representation in Rio de Janeiro.”  Cartographies of Place:  Ways of Representing the Urban, ed. Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault.  Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s University Press.  Forthcoming.

“Unicity.”  Telemorphosis:  Essays in Critical Climate Change, Vol. 1, ed. Tom Cohen and Henry Sussman.  Ann Arbor, MI:  Open Humanities Press (Distributed through University of Michigan Library).  In press.

 “Topofilia Porteña:  Imaging Buenos Aires and Modernity in (and around) the Journal Sur.”  Spectatorship and Topophilia in Early Modern and Postmodern Contexts, ed. David Castillo and Bradley Nelson.  Nashville:  Vanderbilt University Press (Hispanic Issues HIOL), in press.

Refereed Journal Articles

 “Mariátegui y la poética de ‘tierra.’”  Revista de estudios hispánicos, 44.2 (Junio 2010):  295-316.

“Intermedial Maps:  The Street as Site of Cultural-Political Regulation in Modern Brazil.”  Intermédialités. Histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques (Special issue, “Bâtir / Build,” ed. James Cisneros and Will Straw), 14 (Automne 2009):  143-170.

“Speculations on Unicity:  Rearticulations of Urban Space and Critical Theory during Global Economic Crisis.”  CR:  New Centennial Review9.2 (2009):  109-138.

“Axes of Projection:  Poetics of Urbanisation and Globalisation in the Americas.”  The Journal of Architecture, 13.5 (2008):  607-631.

“The ‘New Original’ English Translation of Vicente Huidobro’s ‘Altazor.’”  Translation Review, No. 71 (2006):  61-65.

“Obverse Colonization:  São Paulo, Global Urbanization, and the Poetics of the Latin American City.”  Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 15.3 (December 2006):  281-300.

“Alternative Functions:  João Cabral de Melo Neto and the Architectonics of Modernity.”  Luso-Brazilian Review, 43.1 (July 2006):  65-93.

“Alternative Functions:  Oscar Niemeyer and the Poetics of Modernity.”  Modernism/Modernity, Vol. 12, No. 2 (April 2005):  253-72.

“Manners of Mistranslation:  The Antropofagismo of Elizabeth Bishop’s Prose and Poetry.”  CR:  New Centennial Review 3.1 (2003):  297-327.

Book Chapters

“Eulalia in Utopia:  Urban Space, Modernity, and Gendered Typologies in Rubén Darío and Hilda Hilst.”  The Utopian Impulse in Latin America, ed. Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.  107-128.

Antropofagismo and the Cannibal Logic of Inter-American Studies.”  How Far Is America from Here?:  Proceedings of the International American Studies Association First World Congress.  Paul Giles, Theo D’haen, Djelal Kadir, and Lois Parkinson Zamora, eds.  Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2005.  159-172.

Book Reviews

Novas:  Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos, ed. Antônio Sérgio Bessa and Odile Cisneros (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2007).  Ellipsis: The Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, Volume 6 (2008):  145-148.

Urban Imaginaries: Locating the Modern City, ed. Alev Çinar and Thomas Bender (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).  Modernism/Modernity, Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2008):  416-417.

Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade by Bruce Dean Willis (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2006).  Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 32.2 (Invierno 2008):  388-90.


“Los gigantes de siete leguas en las botas:  Carta a Alberto Moreiras,” trans. Beatriz Ramírez Betances.  Revista Cruce,  December 2011.


Mário de Andrade.  “A Very Interesting Preface” (excerpts).  Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, ed. Cecilia Vicuña and Ernesto Livón-Grosman.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2009.

Recent conference activities: 
  • Co-Organizer, “Fluid Culture,” University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, 2011-12.  Invited speakers:  Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, September 2011), Matthew Sparke (University of Washington, October 2011), Maude Barlow (The Council of Canadians, November 2011), Ian Baucom (Duke University, March 2012), Amitav Ghosh (Novelist, March 2012), Lúcia Sá (University of Manchester, March 2012), Ursula Heise (Stanford University, April 2012).
  • Chair and Organizer, “The Space of the Political in Latin America.”  Latin American Studies Association Congress, San Francisco, CA, May 2012 (accepted).  Participants:  Sergio Delgado (Harvard University), Susana Draper (Princeton University), Fernando Velázquez (St. Joseph’s College).
  • Chair and Co-Organizer (with David Ayers, University of Kent), “Cold War Modernisms.”  Panel for the Modernist Studies Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, October 2011.  Partipants:  Jon Beasley-Murray (University of British Columbia), Michal Pawel Markowski (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz).
  • “Green Space and Cartographic Imaginaries in Modern Brazil.”  Brazilian Studies Association Conference, Urbana, IL, September 2012 (submitted).
  • “After the Flood:  Anomie and Sovereignty from the National to the Global.”  American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Providence, RI, April 2012 (submitted).
  • “Howto Be Stupid: A Poetic Guide to Politics and Markets in Contemporary Latin America.”  Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, January 2012 (accepted).
  • “Re-Mapping the Space In-Between:  Social Networks of Race, Class, and Digital Media in the Brazilian City.”  Annual Meeting of the Modern Languages Association, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Professional activities and affiliations: 

Member, Modern Language Association

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