Matthew Bush

Lehigh University Modern Languages in Literature - Matthew Bush
Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Program
423 Williams Hall
610-758-3087
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder

Interests: 

20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Culture

Matthew Bush joined the faculty at Lehigh University in 2008 upon receiving his Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Bush’s research and teaching examine contemporary Latin American narrative and culture, focusing primarily on Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. His book Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative, explores melodramatically framed socio-political discourse in narratives from early to mid-20th century. He is also co-editor of Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era, a volume that examines writing practices in Latin America and their dialogue with contemporary technologies, and of Un asombro renovado: Vanguardias contemporáneas en América Latina, which explores the resurgence of avant-garde aesthetics in contemporary contexts. His interests include critical theory, affect studies, historical and neo-avant-garde artistic practices, the Latin American social novel, and media and globalization in contemporary Latin American art. 

Courses Taught:
SPAN 152 Cultural Evolution of Latin America
SPAN 213 Approaches to Cultural Productions in Spanish
SPAN 392 The City and the Country in Spanish American Narrative
SPAN 393 The Boom and Beyond
LAS/ENG/GS 202 Latin America in Fact, in Fiction
LAS/ENG/GS 302 Travel and Adventure in Latin American Fiction 

Selected Publications:

Book

Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social NarrativeMadrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2014.

Edited Volumes

Un asombro renovado: Vanguardias contemporáneas en América Latina. Co-edited with Luis Hernán Castañeda. Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert. (Forthcoming)

Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era. Co-edited with Tania Gentic. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Procedimeintos de la nostalgia: Bolaño y Aira frente a la vanguardia.” Co-written with Luis Hernán Castañeda. Un asombro renovado: Vanguardias contemporáneas en América Latina. Matthew Bush and Luis Hernán Castañeda, Editors. Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert. (Forthcoming)

“Into the Screen: Inhabiting Media with Mario Levrero.” Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era. Matthew Bush and Tania Gentic, Editors. New York: Routledge, 2016. 44-59.

Imposibilidades posibles: Más allá de los medios masivos en César Aira y Mario Bellatin.” A Contracorriente 12.3 (2015): 271-95.

"Un asunto familiar: Entre afecto y violencia política en La hora azul de Alonso Cueto y Un lugar llamado Oreja de Perro de Iván Thays." Revista Iberoamericana LXXXI.250 (2015): 15-30.

“A History of Violence: Melodrama and Mestizaje in Enrique López Albújar’s Matalaché.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana  41.1 (2012): 3-17.

“Cohesión y contradicción: Los excesos narrativos de Todas las sangres.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 72 (2010): 277-98.

“Evocaciones de la Revolución en las adaptaciones cinematográficas de Los de abajo.” La luz y la guerra: El cine de la Revolución Mexicana. Fernando Fabio Sánchez and Gerardo García Muñoz, Editors. México: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 2010. 237-76.