Eduardo Ledesma, Associate Professor


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Eduardo Ledesma was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1972 and moved to Chicago in 1984. After a decade as a practicing Structural Engineer he became a scholar of literature, film and new media.

Research Interests

20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies, Digital Humanities)


Research Description


Cinemas of Marginality: Experimental, Avant-Garde and Documentary Film in Ibero-America (Substantially complete. Under Advance Contract with SUNY Press).

Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight (In Progress. Initial Stages).

“Cell Phone Cinema: Latin American Horror Flicks in the Postdigital Age.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Accepted. Forthcoming).

“Teaching Experimental Latin American Poetry: Visual, Concrete, Performative, Digital.” Teaching Contemporary Latin American Poetries. Eds. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. MLA “Options in Teaching” Series. (Forthcoming 2018).

“How to Explain Comics to a Dead Hare: Intertextuality and Neo-surrealismin Rosana Antolí’s Graphic Novel Pareidolia (2014).” Charting Graphic Narrative in Contemporary Spain. Eds. Matthew J. Marr and Sam Amago. University ofToronto Press. (Forthcoming 2019).

See selected completed publications below.


  • PhD Romance Languages and Literatures. Harvard University. 2012.
  • MA Hispanic Literature. University of Illinois-Chicago. 2006.
  • MS Structural Engineering. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. 1999.
  • BS Civil Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1995.

Honors & Awards

  • UIUC Conrad Humanities Scholar 2019-24.
  • UIUC Campus Distinguished Promotion Award 2018-19.
  • UIUC Helen Corley Petit Scholar (LAS) 2018-19.
  • UIUC LEAP (Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors) Scholar Award 2017-19.
  • IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities 2015-16.




  • SPAN 468 - Impure Genres: Latin American Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror in Literature and Film (1900-2016) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 468 Megalópolis: Latin American Urban Culture in Literature, Film, and Other Media. - SPRING 2018
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (From Futurism to Facebook: Technology and Latin American Cultural Production) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 572 Theory and Literary Criticism (including Latin American and Iberian Cultural Studies) FALL 2014
  • SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (The Latin American and Iberian Documentary Film) - SPRING 2013, FALL 2017
  • SPAN 316 Latin American Literatures II: The Latin American Short Story (Science, Technology and the Occult)
  • SPAN 326 Fiction Film in Latin America (Contemporary Narratives of Globalization) - FALL 2016
  • SPAN 326 Cultural Studies in the Americas II: Contemporary Luso-Hispanic Film
  • SPAN 254 Introduction to Cultural Analysis

Office Address

4131 FLB
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Education/Academic qualification

Romance Languages and Literatures, PhD, Harvard Unviersity

Aug 15 2006May 1 2012

Award Date: May 1 2012


  • P Language and Literature
  • Latin America and Spain
  • Film
  • New Media
  • Digital Literature
  • Avant-Garde
  • Disability Studies

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Research Output

Cell phone cinema: Latin American horror flicks in the post-digital age

Ledesma, E., Jan 1 2019, In : Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. 53, 3, p. 821-854 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • "Online Activist Eco-Poetry": Techno-Cannibalism, Digital Indigeneity, and Ecological Resistance in Brazil

    Ledesma, E., Jul 19 2018, Online Activism in Latin America. Chacón, H. (ed.). New York: Routledge, (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    “Lembras-te de quando era tudo diferente?”: Concrete Poetry and Revolution in Portugal in the 1960s and'70s

    Ledesma, E., Jan 1 2018, In : Luso-Brazilian Review. 55, 1, p. 51-84 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Ciencia-ficción digital iberoamericana (mutantes, ciborgs y entes virtuales): La red y la literatura electrónica del siglo XXI

    Translated title of the contribution: Ibero-American digital science-fiction (mutants, cyborgs and virtual beings): The network and electronic literature of the 21st centuryLedesma, E., Apr 1 2017, In : Revista Iberoamericana. 83, 259-260, p. 305-326 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article