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Fernando Fonseca Pacheco
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Fernando is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He received his Ph.D. in August of this year. At Penn State he has taught a wide array of courses in Latin American literature and culture as well as Spanish and Portuguese language, and in 2016-2017 he was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for Humanities and Information. His work focuses on intersections among the performative arts, literature, and film in both Spanish America and Brazil, with special attention to the ways that aesthetic ideas and practices are materialized and institutionalized through cultural and historical processes. His doctoral dissertation, Theater of Futures Past: Infrastructures of the Latin American Avant-Garde, offers new insight into avant-garde works of the twenties and thirties by examining them in the light of later theatrical adaptations. His work has appeared in the Hispanic ReviewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and Con-textos, revista de semiótica literaria.

Research interests: 20th- and 21st- century Latino American literature and culture; theater and performative arts; modernism and avant-garde; artistic infrastructures in Latin America; intersections of aesthetic and politics; cultural and intellectual history