Jonathan Pitcher is a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history whose research interests exceed any one discipline: identity, exile, film, politics, travel, art, architectural ideology, puppetry, and the aftermath of the Boom, to name a few.
Pitcher, a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history, joined the Bennington faculty of the Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Cultures in 2004. He is primarily a Spanish Americanist, although he has also worked in Portuguese. He has published a study of the prevailing theoretical approaches to Latin American ideology, Excess Baggage: A Modern Theory and the Conscious Amnesia of Latin Americanist Thought, as well as articles on Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Luis Borges, Fernando Pessoa, British modernism, translations of articles on critical theory, and of Marcelino Freire’s short stories. He is coeditor of Evelyn Waugh Studies, is currently immersed in a lengthy project on travel, and has just finished an essay on Goya’s Caprichos.
Pitcher has worked in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo and has taught at University College London, the University of Southern California, the University of Miami, and Williams College. Since arriving at Bennington, he has delivered lectures on hybridity, feminism, contemporary art, Borges, and semiotics and was the keynote speaker at a series of conferences on collective memory at the Instituto de Historia of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He has offered both Spanish and interdisciplinary courses on identity, exile, film, politics, travel, art, architectural ideology, puppetry, critical theory, and the aftermath of the Boom. BA (Hons), University of Bristol; MA, King’s College London; PhD, University College London.