Fernando Degiovanni is Associate Professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center. His current research focuses on the emergence of Latin Americanism as a field of critical debate and scholarly inquiry between the 1890s and the 1960s. Drawing on contemporary theory, intellectual history, and extensive archival research, his scholarship explores the impact of discourses of war and capitalism in the formation of disciplinary perspectives on Latin American cultures.
He is the author of the highly influential book Los textos de la patria: Nacionalismo, políticas culturales y canon en Argentina (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2007), which was awarded the 2010 Alfredo Roggiano Prize for Latin American Cultural and Literary Criticism by the International Institute for Ibero-American Literature. He has also guest-edited the dossier Comunidades y relatos del libro en América Latina (2015). His articles have appeared numerous journals, including Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Variaciones Borges, Hispamérica, and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, as well as in several edited volumes such as A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture, edited by Sara Castro-Klaren, and Historia crítica de la literatura argentina, edited by Noé Jitrik.
He has been invited to teach graduate seminars at the Universities of Córdoba and La Plata (Argentina), and regularly lectures at U.S., European and Latin American universities. He is member of the board of the International Institute for Ibero-American Literature (IILI), and serves on the editorial boards of Variaciones Borges (University of Pittsburgh), Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington University St Louis) and Conversaciones del Cono Sur (LASA). He has been a fellow of Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities. His research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Antorchas Foundation, and the Council for Scientific Research in Argentina.
He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, and came to the Graduate Center from Wesleyan University, where he was Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and chaired the Latin American Studies Program.