Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College
Laura Gandolfi specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature, with a particular focus on Mexico. She is currently working on her first book, “Objetos itinerantes: prácticas de escritura, percepción, y cultura material,” an interpretation of 19th-century Mexican cultural and literary production that brings into view the inevitable meeting of the forces exerted by the growing number of material objects, as well as the simultaneous development of a modernizing cultural discourse. By examining objects in texts and objects as texts, her project aims to investigate the ways in which material objects become active agents in different literary, visual, and artistic practices.
Her publications include “La Ocasión de Juan José Saer: hacia una tensión entre espíritu y materia” (Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies), “Princesa: The Textual Space between Translation and Divergence” (Ellipsis), “Freud in Trieste: Journey to an Ambiguous City” (Psychoanalysis and History), and “El túnel e lo scandalo del matricidio: convergenza/divergenza di due miti” (Scandalo: Quaderni di Synapsis).
Gandolfi earned her PhD in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures from Princeton University, as well as a graduate certification in Italian studies. She holds an MA and BA in English and Spanish from the University of Trieste. She was awarded the Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship, Princeton’s top honor for graduate students.
Gandolfi joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.