Research Interests: Modern and contemporary Argentine literature and culture, Latin American critical theory, politics of theory, theories of value and the economics of literature, cultural wars, transnational literatures and cosmopolitism.
Fernando Degiovanni is Professor of the PhD Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His current research focuses on issues of intellectual performativity, embodiment and spectacularization in modern Argentina. Drawing on contemporary theory and extensive archival research, his scholarship explores liminal inscriptions of lettered bodies in alternative spaces of communal engagement, such as mass demonstrations, urban interventions, and lecture halls.
Fernando Degiovanni is the author of Los textos de la patria: Nacionalismo, políticas culturales y canon en Argentina (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2007) and Vernacular Latin Americanisms: War, the Market, and the Making of a Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), a book that explores the competing agendas that shaped the emergence of Latin Americanism as a field of critical debate and scholarly inquiry between the 1890s and the 1960s. He has also guest-edited the dossier Comunidades y relatos del libro en América Latina (2015). His articles have appeared in 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 major reference works 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 several publications, including Variaciones Borges (University of Pittsburgh), Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington University St Louis), and Conversaciones del Cono Sur (LASA).
Fernando Degiovanni 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. In 2010, he was awarded the 2010 Alfredo Roggiano Prize for Latin American Cultural and Literary Criticism by the International Institute for Ibero-American Literature (IILI). 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.