Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

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Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

445 Burrowes Bldg.


  1. PhD, New York University, 2012
  2. MA, New York University, 2007
  3. BA, George Washington University, 2005


My work centers on African and Latin American literatures. I am particularly interested in theories of comparison and the intersection of large-scale frameworks—such as World Literature, the Global Anglophone, or the Global South—with local and regional specificities. My current book project is a comparative study of novels about dictators in the post-independence literatures of Africa and Latin America, where I am looking at the intersections of literature and politics across historical and geographic contexts. I have also published essays on topics such as nineteenth-century Latin American travel narrative, women’s writing in nineteenth-century Argentina, and the function of the fetish in representations of the African dictator, amongst others. Before coming to Penn State, I was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center and Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, where I taught courses on World Literature and postcolonial studies.

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