Eduardo Ledesma PhD.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Jewish Culture and Society

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Office Hours

  • SPRING 2018 - W 3:00-5:00 or by appointment


Eduardo Ledesma was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1972 and moved to Chicago in 1984. After a decade as a practicing Structural Engineer he became a scholar of literature, film and new media.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies, Digital Humanities)

Research Description


    Cinemas of Marginality: Experimental, Avant-Garde and Documentary Film in Ibero-America. – Book length project. Under Advance Contract SUNY Press.

    "'Online Activist Eco-Poetry': Techno-Cannibalism, Digital Indigeneity, and Ecological Resistance in Brazil.." The Internet as a Contestatory Medium in Latin America. Ed. Hilda Chacón. Routledge (Forthcoming 2017).

    "Intermediality and Hispano-Argentine Experimental Film: Subverting Media, Transgressing Borders with Super 8.” (forthcoming Revista Hispánica Moderna).

    "Where Violence meets Aesthetics: Charting Chilean Experimental Cinema from Raúl Ruiz to Pablo Larrain." - Article. (In Progress).

    “Teaching Experimental Latin American Poetry: Visual, Concrete, Performative, Digital.”Teaching Contemporary Latin American Poetries. Eds. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. MLA “Options in Teaching” Series. (In Progress).

    See selected completed publications below.


  • PhD Romance Languages and Literatures. Harvard University. 2012.
  • MA Hispanic Literature. University of Illinois-Chicago. 2006.
  • MS Structural Engineering. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. 1999.
  • BS Civil Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1995.

Distinctions / Awards

  • IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities 2015-16


  • Center for Advanced Study - Fellowship (Spring 2017).
  • Campus Research Board Book Publication Subvention Award (Spring 2016).
  • Campus Research Board Humanities Release Time Spring 2015
  • Campus Research Board Research Assistant Funds (2016-17).
  • Fulbright Research Grant (Spain) - 2009-10


  • SPAN 326 Fiction Film in Latin America (Contemporary Narratives of Globalization) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 468 - Impure Genres: Latin American Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror in Literature and Film (1900-2016) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (From Futurism to Facebook: Technology and Latin American Cultural Production) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 572 Theory and Literary Criticism (including Latin American and Iberian Cultural Studies) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (The Latin American and Iberian Documentary Film)
  • SPAN 316 Latin American Literatures II: The Latin American Short Story (Science, Technology and the Occult)
  • SPAN 326 Cultural Studies in the Americas II: Contemporary Luso-Hispanic Film



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Book Contributions

  • "André Vallias, y el tema de la traducción: TraklTakt un poema-collage digital de Brasil.." Poesía y poéticas digitales/electrónicas/tecnos/New-Media en América Latina: Definiciones y exploraciones. . . Ed. Luis Correa-Diaz and Scott Weintraub. Bogota: Universidad Central de Colombia, 2016. 74-98.

  • "Through ‘Their’ Eyes: Internal and External Focalizing Agents in the Representation of Children and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Film." Representing History, Class, and Gender in Spain and Latin America: Children and Adolescents in Film . . Comp. Georgia Seminet. Ed. Carolina Rocha. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 151-170.

  • "From Avant-Garde to the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing Experimental Catalan Poetry." The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. . Ed. Ofra Amihay and Lauren Walsh. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 231-270.

Journal Articles

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Ledesma, Eduardo. "Catalan Futurism(s) and Technology: Poetry, Painting, Architecture and Film." Iberian Futurisms. Spec. iss. of International Yearbook of Futurism Studies 3.1 (2013): 248-280.
  • Ledesma, Eduardo. "Literatura digital, Concretismo y la vanguardia histórica en Brasil: ¿qué tiene de viejo lo nuevo?." Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese Literatures in the Digital Age (New Technologies and the Literary) . Spec. iss. of Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 14 (2010): 261-280.

Magazine Articles

  • Ledesma, Eduardo, and Haden Guest. "Ad Astra per Aspera: An Interview with Patricio Guzmán." Cineaste 36.6. 1 Jun. 2011: 20-25.