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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: 
MW 2:30-3:30 in MGH 254 and by appointment


Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

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.


Courses Taught

Summer 2017 Full-term

Summer 2014 A-term

Summer 2010 B-term


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