Nathaniel Wolfson

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Literature and Culture and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. His research focuses on 19th century–contemporary Brazil and concerns a range of topics, including poetics, critical theory, media studies, continental philosophy, and the history of science and technology in the global south. He is interested in comparative approaches to the study of Brazilian culture, including exchanges within the Lusophone world, Spanish America and Europe. 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 in the 1950s–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 was Postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. PhD and MA, Princeton. BA, Brown U.

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).

“Soccer Dossier” (Flash Art, 2014: 300, 68-72)