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Cynthia Steele

Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature
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(206) 503-4374
Box: 354338
C502 PDL (Padelford Hall)
Office Hours: 
by appointment


Ph.D. Spanish Literature, University of California at San Diego, 1980

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.


Courses Taught

Summer 2017 Full-term

Summer 2014 A-term

Summer 2010 B-term


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