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Graciela Montaldo

Graciela Montaldo
Professor Chair Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Address
    307 Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures
    612 West 116 Street
    New York, NY, 10027
  • Office Hours
    By appointment
  • Phone
    (212) 854-4882
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Professor Montaldo specializes in modern Latin American cultures. She has published Museo del consumo. Archivos de la cultura de masas en la Argentina (2016), Rubén Darío. Viajes de un cosmopolita extremo (FCE, 2013), Zonas ciegas. Populismos y experimentos culturales en Argentina (2010), A propriedade da Cultura (2004), Teoría crítica, teoría cultural (2001), Ficciones culturales y fábulas de identidad en América Latina (1999), La sensibilidad amenazada (1995), and De pronto el campo (1993). She is co-editor of The Argentina Reader: History, Culture and Politics (2002), Esplendores y miserias del siglo XIX (1996) and Yrigoyen entre Borges y Arlt (1989). She has published journal articles in Latin America, the United States, and Europe on Independence writers, Latin American fin-de-siècle, modern culture, contemporary literature, as well as culture industry and institutions in Latin America.

Academic Statement

My research interests are at the crossroads of different fields. Trained in literature and cultural practices (intellectual history, sociology of culture), I moved progressively through media, cultural, and visual studies. My last book, Museo del consumo (2016), intersects those multiple perspectives exploring the politics of cultural consumption in modern Argentina. I have studied cultural practices such as tango, circus, or fashion to understand how mass culture reconfigures the social space and rearticulates political experiences.

I am currently working on a new project focused on the dynamics of “theory” in Latin American cultures. Given that theoretical thought was/is a key discourse in arts and culture since the early twentieth century, I am interested in its aesthetics and political dimensions. Since theory was essential part of the reflection on Avant-garde and Marxist works, my research explores key moments of this tense relationship