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Esther L. Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Office Location:  212 Language Center, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3100
Email Address:  send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Arthist 89s.01, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    Gray 220, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as LIT 89S.02, ROMST 89S.01, VMS 89S.01)
  • Vms 505s.01, Visual studies global south Synopsis
    Gray 228, Th 12:00 PM-02:30 PM
    (also cross-listed as ARTHIST 505S.01, ROMST 505S.01)
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 10:30-12 and by appointment. Location varies between 212 Languages and Global Brazil Lab, Smith Warehouse, Bay 5.

  • Ph.D. Stanford University 2001
  • M.A. Stanford University 1997
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania 1993


20th Century Latin American Visual Culture and Literature
Theory & Criticism
Latin-American Studies
Caribbean Studies
Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
Modernity and Modernism
Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity
Film, Media and Visual Studies
Research Interests:

Modern and Contemporary Latin America relationship between literature and visual culture, photography

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Gabara, E. Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil.  A John Hope Franklin Center Book Duke University Press, November, 2008. [ref=sr_1_1]
  2. Gabara, EL. "Perspectives on Scale: From the Atomic to the Universal." Art and Globalization  (2010): 200-204. [html]
  3. Gabara, EL. "Modernist Ethics: Really Engaging Popular Culture in Mexico and Brazil." The Ethics of Latin American Literary Criticism: Reading Otherwise  (2007): 63-104. [ref=sr_1_1]
  4. Gabara, EL. "Recycled Photographs: Moving Still Images of Mexico City, 1950/2000." Double Exposure: Photography and Literature in Latin America  (2006): 139-172. [ref=sr_1_1]

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