Guillermina De Ferrari


1132 Van Hise Hall

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Guillermina De Ferrari is a professor of Spanish American and Caribbean Literatures and 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 working on a book project tentatively entitled Community Under Duress that explores the possibility of ethics in precarious conditions. By combining concepts of moral philosophy, disaster studies, and Glissant’s Poetics of Relation, this book project studies the aesthetic elaboration of the tension between overdetermination by historical, political and ecological forces, and the demand for individual ethical stances toward one another, one’s history, and the viability of a livable planet. She is a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Research in the Humanities (2018-2022).


PhD, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

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

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

Wisconsin/Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Award.

2010-11. Faculty Development Grant.

Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.

2005. Resident Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin.

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

“Cuba: a Curated Culture.” 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

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.” InVisible Culture 22 (April 2015). (24 mss pages + images)

“Illness and Utopia in Alejo Carpentier’s The Lost Steps and Severo Sarduy’s Beach Birds.” Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine. Edited by Patricia Novillo-Corvalán. London and New York: Routledge, 2015; pp. 202-23. (by invitation; translation of 2001 article)

Utopías críticas: la Literatura Mundial según América Latina.” Special Issue of 1616: Anuario de Literatura Comparada. Ed. Guillermina De Ferrari. Vol. 2 (2012) : 15-32.

“The Ship, the Plantation, and the Polis: Reading Gilroy and Glissant as Moral Philosophy.” Special Issue: Comparative Perspectives on the Black Atlantic. Comparative Literature Studies, 49.2 (2012) : 186-209.

“La sociabilidad de los cuerpos en Los palacios distantes.” La Habana Elegante 46 (Otoño-Invierno 2009). (31 mss pages) (by invitation and peer review)

“Cuba: a Curated Culture.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 16.2 (August 2007) : 219-40.

“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.

“Diarios de motocicleta: lo que los ojos de Ernesto Guevara le contaron a Walter Salles.” In A contracorriente 3.1 (Fall 2005) : 148-61.

Curriculum Vitae

De Ferrari CV