Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. He specializes in 20th and 21st-century Brazilian literature, with a focus on poetry and poetics, media studies and critical theory. His research and teaching emphasize comparative approaches, including exchanges between Latin America, the Lusophone world, Europe and the United States; literary theory and criticism; language theory; visual art; the history of technology and media; and architecture and urban studies.

He is currently working on a book entitled Poetic Circuits: Writing under the Sign of Dictatorship in Postwar Brazil that rethinks how Brazilian poets, theorists and designers in the 1950s–1970s engaged aesthetic, political and philosophical debates on semantics, technology and developmentalism. He is the editor of a special issue on the “Legacies of Concrete Aesthetics” in the Journal of Lusophone Studies (2020) and the author of various articles. Before joining the UC Berkeley faculty, he was Postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. PhD and MA, Princeton (Spanish and Portuguese). BA, Brown (Comparative Literature).


Courses taught:

Undergraduate: “The Brazilian Lyric”;  “Migration and Movement”; “Clarice Lispector”; “Culture under Dictatorship”; Graduate: “Post-War Materialisms and the Concrete;” “Education and Form”