Edgar Garcia

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature and the College

Edgar Garcia is a scholar of hemispheric literatures and cultures of the Americas, principally of the 20th century. His work has explored the fields of indigenous and Latino studies, American literature, poetry and poetics, and environmental criticism. His current book project examines contemporary poetic reworkings of such seemingly antiquated sign systems as pictographs, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, and khipu, to argue for their social and cultural ongoingness. He is particularly interested in how these sign systems become thresholds of intercultural interaction and how linguistic boundaries are sites of translation, mistranslation, reworking, and transformation.

Garcia co-edited American Literature in the World (Columbia University Press, 2016), which examines the transnational contexts of a national literary tradition. His critical and creative writings have appeared in Antioch Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mandorla, and MAKE: A Literary Magazine.

He is the recipient of a BA in English with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in English from Yale University. Most recently, he held a Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago.

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