Roxanna Curto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, French and Italian
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Dr. Curto holds an A.B. in Romance Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French from Yale University. She is Associate Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Iowa.

In her research, Dr. Curto explores the representation of cultural elements such as technology and sports in literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds. She is the author of Inter-tech(s): Colonialism and the Question of Technology in Francophone Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2016), which examines the representation of modern technologies in the works of Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean. She has also published a series of articles exploring connections between Aimé Césaire and Latin American literature, in order to argue that Césaire’s works can be interpreted from the perspectives of Afro-cubismo and negrismo, magical realism, and the “theater of development” movement. In addition, her essays exploring the role of technology in the work of 20th-Century French poets, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, and Denis Roche, have appeared in journals such as French Literature Seriesand Literature Interpretation Theory. Her second book project is a study of the representation of sports, especially soccer, in literature and film, focusing on their fundamental role in post-colonial body politics, nation-building, and the formation of collective imaginaries.

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Contact Information

573 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States