Matthew Bush

Lehigh University Modern Languages in Literature - Matthew Bush
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Director, Latin American Studies Program
536 Maginnes Hall
610-758-3087

 

PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
Interests: 
20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Culture

(On Leave Spring 2015)

Matthew Bush joined the faculty at Lehigh University in the fall of 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. He is the author of Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative (2014), which explores melodramatically framed socio-political discourse in works by Rómulo Gallegos, César Vallejo, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Amado, and Carlos Fuentes. He is also co-editor of Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era (forthcoming), a volume that examines writing practices in Latin America and their dialogue with contemporary technologies. 

Courses Taught:
SPAN 152 Cultural Evolution of Latin America
SPAN 213 Approaches to Cultural Productions in Spanish
SPAN 243 Indigenous Cultures in Spanish American Narrative
SPAN 392 The City and the Country in Spanish American Narrative
SPAN 393 The Boom and Beyond
LAS/ENG/GS 298 Latin America in Fact, in Fiction
LAS/ENG 397 Travel and Adventure in Latin American Fiction 

Selected Publications:

Books

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

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

Articles

“Imposibilidades posibles: Más allá de los medios masivos en César Aira y Mario Bellatin.” A Contracorriente. (Forthcoming)

"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. (forthcoming)

“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.