Frederick Aldama

Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English
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Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and author and editor of 13 books.  He uses the concepts and categories of narratology and socio-neurobiology to explore how Latino and Latin American storytellers of literature, film, comic books create blueprints that direct understanding and guide interpretation by readers and audiences. His work examines aesthetic categories of genre (tragedy, comedy, the grotesque) and distance (including habituation and enstrangement) as well as their concomitant emotions. More foundationally, his work examines the aesthetic object as a specific domain of human activity marked as a particular relational activity. His forthcoming books include: The Routledge Concise History of Latino Literature; Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the 21st Century; ¡Muy Pop! Conversations on Hispanic Popular Culture with Ilan Stavans; Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies with Patrick Colm Hogan; Formal Matters in Contemporary Latino Poetry; Robert Rodriguez for the University of Illinois Press’s Contemporary Film Directors series.

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Areas of Expertise
  • Film Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Narrative Theory
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Literature
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Stanford University

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