Cynthia Steele is Professor of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media and former Chair of the Department. She teaches courses in Latin American narrative, 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), she has published twenty-eight journal articles on contemporary Latin American narrative and film. Also, she has published 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). Most recently she has published translations of two short stories by Mexican author Sergio Pitol in the Chicago Review and Gulf Coast. She has translated an anthology of poetry by Zapotec-language writers from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec which is being considered for publication by a major university press.
In recent years Professor Steele has taught graduate courses on literary translation and Hispanic Women Writers and Directors, and undergraduate courses on the Narconovela, Literature and Human Rights in the Americas, the World Novel, Global Detective Fiction, Science Fiction, Latin American Film, Mexican Film, and the Film Festival. She has founded and directed study abroad programs in both Oaxaca and San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
- 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