Ashley Brock

Office Location: 
Williams Hall 506
Office Hours: 
Spring 2024: Wednesday 1-3pm
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Modern and contemporary Latin American literature, film, and visual culture, with an emphasis on the Southern Cone and Brazil.

My research centers questions of readership and the politics of experimental literary form, which I approach in dialogue with visual culture, critical theory, and anthropological thought. My first book, Dwelling in Fiction: Poetics of Place and the Experimental Novel in Latin America, explores the possibilities and limitations of literature as a means of teaching place-specific forms of life. I am also developing a second book project on ethnographic tropes in texts that I propose re-imagine World Literature from a Latin American perspective.


Research Interests: 

Research Interests:

  • 20th- and 21st- century Latin American literature
  • Literature of the Americas and hemispheric American studies
  • Photography, film, and visual culture
  • Critical regionalism, ecocriticism, and landscape studies
  • Experimental and decolonial theories of ethnography and anthropology
  • Theories of World Literature and Comparative Literature from the Global South


Selected Publications: 

Selected Publications:Dwelling in Fiction: Poetics of Place and the Experimental Novel in Latin America Articles: 

  • “Can We Still Say ‘We’?: Manuel Puig and the Question of Readership in the Global Age.” Comparative Literature (forthcoming). 
  • The Ethnographic Pastoral Re-imagined: Embodiment and Inhabitation in Aboio and Sweetgrass”. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (forthcoming).
  • “The Ethos of Care in Manuel Puig’s El beso de la mujer araña”. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (forthcoming 45.3).
  • “Back to the Sertão: Ronaldo Correia de Brito’s Galileia and the Brazilian Regionalist Tradition”. Luso-Brazilian Review. 58.1 (2021).
  • “Re-animating the Domestic Still Life: Cinematic Description and Memories of Dictatorship”. CR: The New Centennial Review. 20.1 (2020).
  • “Loving Nature in João Guimarães Rosa: The non-human as “amável””. Journal of Lusophone Studies. 5.2 (2020).
  • “The Queer Temporality of Grande sertão: veredas”. Chasqui 47.2 (2018).
  • “Algo más que mirar: More-than-looking at Regional Life in Juan José Saer’s El limonero real”.  Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 52.1 (2018).



PhD, University of California, Berkeley (2017)