Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Culture and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. His research concerns a range of topics, including poetics, critical theory, media studies, continental philosophy, and the history of science and technology. He is currently working on a book entitled Poetry, Cybernetics and the Design of Brazil’s Avant-garde that rethinks how Brazilian writers and visual artists in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s engaged post-war global debates on materiality, cybernetics, communication and state capitalist development. He is the editor of a special issue on concrete and post-concrete aesthetics in the Journal of Lusophone Studies (forthcoming). Before joining the UC Berkeley faculty, he studied at Brown (BA, Comparative Literature) and Princeton (MA and PhD, Spanish and Portuguese), and was Postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

He will be a fellow in the program in Global Urban Humanities during the Spring semester, 2020.


“Introduction” to Special Issue on Concrete Aesthetics, ed. Nathaniel Wolfson, (Journal of Lusophone Studies, forthcoming in Spring 2020)

“The Northeastern Anti-Pastoral: João Cabral de Melo Neto’s Grafting of Poetry and Nature” (Letterature d’America, 170, 61-85)

“Qual é o número, leitor-operador? A sobrecarga material na estética de Max Bense segundo Haroldo de Campos” (In roteiros de palavras, sons, imagens: os diálogos transcriativos de haroldo de campos. Frankfurt: TFM, 2018)

“Brazil After History, or Two German Accounts of Postwar Brazilian Literature” (The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, 93:1, 2018)

“Alternative Protagonism and Narrative Disruption in Brás Cubas: A Reconsideration of Roberto Schwarz’s Voluble Narrator” (Machado Assis em Linha. 21:10, 2017)

“A Correspondência entre Haroldo de Campos e Max Bense: uma primeira leitura” (Circuladô: Outros Códigos 3, 2015)

“A poética de ‘pintura antes da pintura’ em ‘Joan Miró’ de João Cabral de Melo Neto” (Brasil: cultura cosmopolítica? Rio de Janeiro: EdUERJ, 2014).