Roxanna Curto

Roxanna Curto
Associate Professor
Area: 
French
Phone: 
319-335-2274
Office: 
573 PH
Office Hours: 
M 10:50-12:20
W 12:45- 2:15

Roxanna Curto holds an A.B. in Romance Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French from Yale University. She is Associate Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Iowa, and was an Assistant Professor of French at Illinois State from 2008 until 2011. In her research, Professor Curto explores the representation of cultural elements such as technology and sports in literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds. She is the author of Inter-tech(s): Colonialism and the Question of Technology in Francophone Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2016), which examines the representation of modern technologies in the works of Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean. She has also published a series of articles exploring connections between Aimé Césaire and Latin American literature, in order to argue that Césaire’s works can be interpreted from the perspectives of Afro-cubismo and negrismo, magical realism, and the “theater of development” movement. In addition, her essays exploring the role of technology in the work of 20th-Century French poets, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, and Denis Roche, have appeared in journals such as French Literature Series and Literature Interpretation Theory. Her second book project is a study of the representation of sports, especially soccer, in literature and film, focusing on their fundamental role in post-colonial body politics, nation-building, and the formation of collective imaginaries. She is also the editor of the French Caribbean section of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies.