Efraín Kristal is the Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Kristal specializes in Latin American literature in comparative contexts, translation studies, and aesthetics. He is author of The Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa (1998) and Invisible Work. Borges and Translation (2002). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel (2005) and the Penguin edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Poems of the Night (2010). He is also one of three associate editors of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (2010).
In addition to his distinguished work as a Latin Americanist, Professor Kristal's current research on German philosopher and cultural theorist Peter Sloterdijk is richly interdisciplinary, straddling the fields of literature, philosophy and aesthetics. We are thrilled to welcome him to UCSB this upcoming Spring as the keynote speaker for the GCLR's third annual conference. More details will be announced soon.