I am Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media and former Chair of the Department. I teach courses on Literature of the Americas, Latin American cinema, world literature, and literary translation. In addition to the books Narrativa indigenista en los Estados Unidos y México (Instituto Nacional Indigenista, 1985) and Politics, Gender and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988 (University of Texas, 1992), I have published twenty-nine journal articles on contemporary Latin American narrative and film, along with numerous translations of poetry and prose, including Inés Arredondo, Underground Rivers and Other Stories (University of Nebraska, 1996) and José Emilio Pacheco, City of Memory (Poems 1986-89) (City Lights, 1997, with David Lauer). My most recent publications include translations of two short stories by Mexican author Sergio Pitol, in the Chicago Review and Gulf Coast, an essay on the novels of Jesús Morales Bermúdez in Revista Mexicana de Literatura Contemporánea, and a book review in the Journal of Mexican Studies. I have translated an anthology of poetry by Zapotec-language writers from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and am currently translating a novel by Argentine writer Félix Bruzzone.
In recent years I have taught a graduate translation workshop and courses on Narco Narrative, Literature and Human Rights in the Americas, the World Novel, Global Detective Fiction, Science Fiction, Latin American Film, Mexican Film, and the Political Thriller.
During Winter quarter of 2019 I will teach a C LIT 321 / JSIS 480 on Narco Narrative. We will watch the new series NARCOS: MEXICO (which has just premiered on Netflix) and will read two novels, Don Winslow's THE CARTEL and Juan Pablo Villalobos' DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE.
- Cynthia Steele, David Lauer, trans. City of Memory and Other Poems 1986-1989. By José Emilio Pacheco. 2001.
- Cynthia Steele, trans. Underground River and Other Stories by Inés Arredondo. 1996.
- Cynthia Steele. Beyond the Pyramid: Politics, Gender and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988. 1992.
- Cynthia Steele, Grínor Rojo. Ritos de iniciación: Tres novelas cortas de América Latina. Houghton Mifflin: 1986.
- Cynthia Steele. Narrativa indigenista en los Estados Unidos y México.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Norma G. Kaminsky. "Impure Memory, Imperfect Justice: A Comparison of Post-Repression Fiction Across the South Atlantic." Diss., 2016.
- Cuauhtemoc Mexica. "Pariahs, Tricksters, and the Subversion of Modernity: The Decolonial Borderland Narratives of Cormac McCarthy and Eduardo Antonio Parra." Diss., 2015.
- William Arighi. "This Humble Work:' Puerto Rican and Philippine Literature between Spanish and United States Empires." Diss., 2015.
- Amal Eqeiq. "\Writing the Indigenous: Contemporary Mayan Literature in Chiapas, Mexico and Palestinian Literature in Israell." Diss., 2013.
- Patrick Blaine. “Recovering Democracy in Post-Dictatorial Chilean Film and Narrative.” Diss., 2010.
- Delphine Gras. "The New Negro Flow and the Black Atlantic: A Study of the Musical Discourse of the Literary Griots of the Americas." Diss., 2010.
- Impure Memory, Imperfect Justice: A Comparison of Post-Repression Fiction Across the South Atlantic
Research Advised: Graduate Masters Theses
Summer 2017 A-term
Summer 2017 Full-term
Summer 2015 A-term
Summer 2015 B-term
Summer 2014 A-term
Summer 2013 A-term
Summer 2013 B-term
Summer 2012 A-term
Summer 2012 B-term
Summer 2011 B-term
Summer 2010 B-term
- Thank You Cynthia, Welcome Míċeál! - July 18, 2012