Professor, Spanish-American Literature, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Cultures
Director, Program in Latin American Studies
B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Columbia University
Office: 337 East Pyne
Rubén Gallo is the author of Freud's Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2010), a cultural history of psychoanalysis in Mexico. Previously he published Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (Cambridge, MIT Press, 2005, winner of the MLA's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize), a study of how five artifacts – cameras, typewriters, radio, cement, and stadiums – shaped the representation of modernity in Mexican art and literature of the post-revolutionary period. His other publications include New Tendencies in Mexican Art: the 1990s (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; French translation 2007; Spanish translation 2009), The Mexico City Reader (Wisconsin, 2004; published in Spanish as México DF: Lecturas para paseantes, Turner, 2005). Since 2008 Gallo directs the Latin American Studies program. His courses focus on topics as diverse as "Delirious Mexico City," "Radio and the Sound of Modernity," and "The Latin American Avant-Gardes." He has also organized conferences at Princeton on "Radio and the Avant-Garde" (2003) and "Stadiums: Athletics, and Aesthetics" (2004), and "Freud and 20th Century Culture" (2010). His next book, Proust's Latin Americans, an essay on Proust's relationships with Latin Americans living in Paris, will be published in 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently at work on a new project about Roberto Bolaño and architecture. In Fall 2013, Gallo will teach a graduate seminar on "Literature and Architecture."
Department Profile: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures