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Gabriela Nouzeilles

  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor
Title: Emory L. Ford Professor of Spanish. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages.
  • Modern and Contemporary Spanish America
Office: 348 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-8176
Office Hours: Thu 2:00-3:30pm


Gabriela Nouzeilles (B.A., Buenos Aires University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Before joining Princeton University, she taught at the University of Buenos Aires, Nottingham (UK), and Duke University. She was co-founder and executive editor of the interdisciplinary journal Nepantla Views from South (Duke U.P.)Her publications address a wide range of topics, including scientific and literary fictions of pathology, modern travel cultures, photography, and documentary film and memory. Her book Ficciones somáticas (Somatic Fictions, 2000) studies the interplay of medical, literary, and visual narratives of disease in late nineteenth-century Argentine culture.  She is the editor of La naturaleza en disputa. Retóricas del cuerpo y el paisaje (2002) and Cuentas pendientes. Historia de la memoria y Memoria Histórica (2013), and co-editor of The Argentina Reader (2003) and the art catalogue "The Itinerant Languages of Photography" (Princeton and Yale U.P.). Her most recent book project, Of Other Places: Patagonia and the Production of Nature (Duke U.P., forthcoming), studies the modern production of alternative spaces, and traces the textual and visual inventions of “Patagonia” as an alternative geography. She is currently working on a new book on the relationship between photography and other media in the work of Latin American writers and artists such as Jorge Luis Borges, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Julio Cortázar, Octavio Paz, and Frida Kahlo.
International collaboration has been at the core of her professional career. In 2010, she received a Global Collaborative Research Grant for a three-year project entitled The Itinerant Languages of Photography, which studied the movement essential to photography—as a practice and as an ever-expanding archive—and its capacity to circulate across time and space as well as across other media, in collaboration with research institutions in Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. The project closed with an international photography exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum (September 7, 2013-January 19, 2014), with materials from the Instituto Moreira Salles and the Biblioteca Nacional (Rio, Brazil), SINAFO (Mexico), the private collection Foto Colectania (Barcelona, Spain), and private collections from the United States and Latin America. The New York Times featured a review of the exhibit.

Service to Princeton:
Department Chair, Spanish and Portuguese, 2008-present
Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, 2004-2008
PLAS Executive Committee, 2005-2008
Selection of Recent Publications:
"Touching the Real. Alternative Travel and Landscape of Fear," in Writing Travel: the poetics and politics of the modern journey edited by John Zilcosky (Toronto, Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Recent Publications

1. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America in Translation)
2. The Itinerant Languages of Photography
The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America in Translation)The Itinerant Languages of Photography