Guillermina De Ferrari

Position title: Halls-Bascom Professor


1132 Van Hise Hall

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Fall 2023

On Leave


Guillermina De Ferrari is Halls-Bascom Professor of Caribbean Literatures and Visual Cultures. She is the author of Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (Virginia 2007), and Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (Routledge 2014). She has published many articles on Cuban and Caribbean literature, visual culture, photography, and world literature. She directed the Center for Visual Cultures (2014-2018), and curated the exhibition Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today (Chazen Museum of Art 2015). She is co-editor with Ursula Heise (UCLA) of the Routledge Series Literature and Contemporary Thought. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Research in the Humanities (2018-2022), and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.


PhD, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

2020. Guggenheim Fellowship.

2018-22. Institute for Research in the Humanities Senior Fellowship.

2017-19. Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award.

Selected Publications


Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba. London and New York: Routledge 2014

Comunidad y culture en la Cuba postsoviética. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2017

Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction. Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press, 2007

Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today. Chazen Museum of Art, 2015.

Edited Volumes

Futures of Comparative Literature. Ed. Ursula K. Heise, Dudley Andrew, Alexander Beecroft, Jessica Berman, David Damrosch, Guillermina De Ferrari, César Domínguez, Barbara Harlow, and Eric Hayot. London: Routledge,, 2017.

Selected Articles

Science Fiction and the Rules of Uncertainty.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (2020)  24 (1 (61)): 1–10.

Reading Without Habits: a Caribbean Contribution to World Literature.” In World Literature – Cosmopolitanism – Globality. Berlin: De Gryuter Publishing, 2019; 152-171.

Sobre Eros y tumbas.” In Antonio José Ponte, Contrabando de sombras. Leiden: Bokeh, 2018 : 173-198.

“A Caribbean Hauntology: The Sensorial Art of Joscelyn Gardner and M. NourbeSe Philip.”Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 27.3 (Fall 2018) : 271-293. (by invitation and peer review)

“Cuba: a Curated Culture.” In Latin American Cultural Studies: a Reader. Edited by Jens Anderman, Ben Bollig, Lorraine Leu, Daniel Mosquera, Rory O’Bryen and David M. J. Wood. New York and London: Routledge, 2017; 140-161. (2007 article reprinted by invitation to commemorate 25 anniversary of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies).

Padura después del vendaval.” Co-authored with Vicky Unruh. A Contracorriente 13.1 (Fall 2015) : 1-12.

Opacity and Sensation in Reynier Leyva Novo’s Historical Installations.” In InVisible Culture 22 (April 2015).

“Embargoed Masculinities: Friendship and the Role of the Intellectual in the Post-Soviet Cuban novel.” Latin American Literary Review 69 (Spring 2007) : 91-115. 

“Aesthetics Under Siege: Dirty Realism and Pedro Juan Gutiérrez’s Trilogía sucia de La Habana.” The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 7 (October 2003) : 23-44.

Curriculum Vitae

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