Eduardo Ledesma PhD.

 Eduardo Ledesma

Contact Information

4131 FLB
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • AY 2018-19 On sabbatical leave
Associate Professor
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Biography

Eduardo Ledesma was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1972 and moved to Chicago in 1984. After a decade as a practicing Structural Engineer he became a scholar of literature, film and new media.

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies, Digital Humanities)

Research Description

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Cinemas of Marginality: Experimental, Avant-Garde and Documentary Film in Ibero-America (Substantially complete. Under Advance Contract with SUNY Press).

Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight (In Progress. Initial Stages).

“Cell Phone Cinema: Latin American Horror Flicks in the Postdigital Age.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Accepted. Forthcoming).

“Teaching Experimental Latin American Poetry: Visual, Concrete, Performative, Digital.” Teaching Contemporary Latin American Poetries. Eds. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. MLA “Options in Teaching” Series. (Forthcoming 2018).

“How to Explain Comics to a Dead Hare: Intertextuality and Neo-surrealismin Rosana Antolí’s Graphic Novel Pareidolia (2014).” Charting Graphic Narrative in Contemporary Spain. Eds. Matthew J. Marr and Sam Amago. University ofToronto Press. (Forthcoming 2019).

See selected completed publications below.

Education

  • PhD Romance Languages and Literatures. Harvard University. 2012.
  • MA Hispanic Literature. University of Illinois-Chicago. 2006.
  • MS Structural Engineering. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. 1999.
  • BS Civil Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1995.

Distinctions / Awards

  • UIUC Campus Distinguished Promotion Award 2018-19.
  • UIUC Helen Corley Petit Scholar (LAS) 2018-19.
  • UIUC LEAP (Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors) Scholar Award 2017-19.
  • IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities 2015-16.

Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend 2019
  • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Faculty Fellowship 2019
  • Campus Research Board Humanities Release Time Spring 2015
  • Center for Advanced Study - Fellowship (Spring 2017).
  • Campus Research Board Book Publication Subvention Award (Spring 2016).
  • Campus Research Board Research Assistant Funds (2016-17).
  • Fulbright Research Grant (Spain) - 2009-10

Courses

  • SPAN 468 - Impure Genres: Latin American Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror in Literature and Film (1900-2016) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 468 Megalópolis: Latin American Urban Culture in Literature, Film, and Other Media. - SPRING 2018
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (From Futurism to Facebook: Technology and Latin American Cultural Production) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 572 Theory and Literary Criticism (including Latin American and Iberian Cultural Studies) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (The Latin American and Iberian Documentary Film) - SPRING 2013, FALL 2017
  • SPAN 316 Latin American Literatures II: The Latin American Short Story (Science, Technology and the Occult)
  • SPAN 326 Fiction Film in Latin America (Contemporary Narratives of Globalization) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 326 Cultural Studies in the Americas II: Contemporary Luso-Hispanic Film
  • SPAN 254 Introduction to Cultural Analysis

Selected Publications

Books

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Ledesma, Eduardo Radical Poetry: Aesthetics, Politics, Technology and the Ibero-American Avant-Garde (1900-2015) Albany SUNY 2016. Publisher Info.

Journal Articles

Ledesma, Eduardo ’Lembras-te de quando era tudo diferente?’ Concrete Poetry and Revolution in Portugal Luso Brazilian Review 55 1 2018, p. 51-84. Abstract.
Ledesma, Eduardo, Julia González de Canales Carcereny, Jörg Türschmann, Beatriz Sarlo, Josetxo Cerdán, Miguel Fernández Labayen, and Francisco Rodríguez Pastoriza Des(encuentros): Estéticas globales hispánicas: literatura, cine y television L'Atalante: Revista de Estudios Cinematográficos 26 2018, p. 122-141. Full copy.
Ledesma, Eduardo Intermediality and Hispano-Argentine Experimental Film: Subverting Media, Transgressing Borders with Super 8 Revista Hispánica Moderna 70 2 2017, p. 117-141. Abstract.
Ledesma, Eduardo Ciencia-­ficción digital iberoamericana (mutantes, ciborgs y entes virtuales): La Red y la literatura electrónica del siglo XXI Revista Iberoamericana 83 259-60 2017, p. 305-26. Article.
Ledesma, Eduardo The Blind Gaze: Visual Impairment and Haptic Filmmaking in João Júlio Antunes’ O jogo (Brazil, 2010) Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 14 1 2017, p. 23-39. Abstract.
Ledesma, Eduardo The Poetics and Politics of Computer Code in Latin America: Codework, Code Art, and Live Coding Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49 1 2015, p. 91-120. Abstract.
Ledesma, Eduardo Helena Lumbreras’ "Field for Men" (1973): Midway between Latin American Third Cinema and the Barcelona School Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 11 3 2014, p. 271-288. Online Version.
Ledesma, Eduardo Close Readings of the Historic and Digital Avant-gardes Hispanic Issues Online 9 2012, p. 237-262.

Special Issues of a Journal

Ledesma, Eduardo Catalan Futurism(s) and Technology: Poetry, Painting, Architecture and Film Iberian Futurisms International Yearbook of Futurism Studies 3 1 2013, p. 248-280.
Literatura digital, Concretismo y la vanguardia histórica en Brasil: ¿qué tiene de viejo lo nuevo? Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese Literatures in the Digital Age (New Technologies and the Literary) Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 14 2010, p. 261-280.

Book Contributions

Ledesma, Eduardo Online Activist Eco-Poetry: Techno-Cannibalism, Digital Indigeneity, and Ecological Resistance in Brazil Online Activism in Latin America edited by Hilda Chacon. Online Activist Eco-Poetry: Techno-Cannibalism, Digital Indigeneity, and Ecological Resistance in Brazil Edited by Hilda Chacon, London Routledge 2018. Description.
Ledesma, Eduardo André Vallias, y el tema de la traducción: TraklTakt un poema-collage digital de Brasil. Poesía y poéticas digitales/electrónicas/tecnos/New-Media en América Latina: Definiciones y exploraciones. edited by Luis Correa-Diaz, edited by Scott Weintraub. André Vallias, y el tema de la traducción: TraklTakt un poema-collage digital de Brasil. Edited by Luis Correa-Diaz, Edited by Scott Weintraub, Bogota Universidad Central de Colombia 2016, p. 74-98. Print and ebook.
Ledesma, Eduardo Through ‘Their’ Eyes: Internal and External Focalizing Agents in the Representation of Children and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Film Representing History, Class, and Gender in Spain and Latin America: Children and Adolescents in Film edited by Carolina Rocha, compiled by Georgia Seminet. Through ‘Their’ Eyes: Internal and External Focalizing Agents in the Representation of Children and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Film Edited by Carolina Rocha, Compiled by Georgia Seminet, New York Palgrave Macmillan 2012, p. 151-170.
Ledesma, Eduardo From Avant-Garde to the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing Experimental Catalan Poetry The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures edited by Ofra Amihay, edited by Lauren Walsh. From Avant-Garde to the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing Experimental Catalan Poetry Edited by Ofra Amihay, Edited by Lauren Walsh, Cambridge, UK Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2012, p. 231-270.

Magazine Articles

Ledesma, Eduardo, and Haden Guest Ad Astra per Aspera: An Interview with Patricio Guzmán Cineaste 36.6 2011, p. 20-25.