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Brett Levinson

Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Director PLC (Philosophy, Literature and the Theory of Criticism)
Phone: 607-777.4962
Office: LT 1507

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Latin American literature and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, continental philosophy, pyschoanalysis, literary theory and Third cinema.

Selected Publications
Market and Thought: Meditations on the Political and Biopolitical (Fordham UP, 2004).

The Ends of Literature: Post-transition and Neoliberalism in the Wake of the Boom (Stanford UP, 2002).

Secondary Moderns: Mimesis, History, and Revolution in Lezama Lima 's 'American Expression. (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 1996)

Approximately twenty articles on authors and subjects such as Cortazar, Piglia, Menchu, Las Casas, Carpentier, Ruiz de Alarcon, Paz, Vallejo, Lezama Lima, postcolonial studies, Latin Americanism, the Boom, feminist theory, neoliberalism, psychoanalysis and queer theory.Education:Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Spanish. Sept, 1991.

Dissertation: "Secondary Modems: Mimesis, History and Revolution in Lezama Lima's 'American Expression." Minor in Comparative Literature.M.A. Bryn Mawr College. Spanish. May, 1985.B.A. Oberlin College. Spanish and English. May, 1981.

Awards and Grants
Title F Grant, State University of New York. Fall, 1999; Rockefeller Fellow, Santiago, Chile, 1997, "The Limits of Measure: Justice and Transition in Chile"; Rockefeller Fellow, University of Virginia, 1998, "Neoliberalism and Trauma"; National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1992, "Colonial Art in Mexico and the Southwestern United States."

Current Projects
Completing two books. The first, entitled The State/Market Duopoly Between Two Nihilisms: Meditations on Things Formerly Known as Politics and Thought, is an analysis of the relation of contemporary political and philosophical thought, on the one hand, and the global transition from state to market, on the other. The second, Literary Politics in Latin America: the Poetics and Practice of Globalization, represents a reconsideration of Latin America culture and politics via a study of the relation of literature to other forms of production.

Foreign Languages
Spanish, fluent. French, fluent. Portuguese, reading and speaking knowledge.

Modern Language Association.
Society for Phenomenology and Literature.
Midwest Modern Language Association (secretary of comparative literature program)
The James Joyce Foundation.
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Contact Info
Office: Library Tower 1510
Phone: (607) 777-4962

Last Updated: 8/1/16