Alejandra Uslenghi

Alejandra holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University (2007) and a master’s degree in liberal studies from the New School for Social Research (2003). She specializes in Latin American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on visual culture. She is currently working on a book entitled “Images of Modernity: Latin American Culture at Universal Exhibitions”. The book examines the literary discourses of the modernization of the turn of the century in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, in concurrence with the development of modern urban culture and the introduction of new technologies for the visual construction of the social. Within this framework, she explores how the differential character of modernity in Latin America can be analyzed through design, architecture, contents and discourses of universal exhibitions. She uses Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project as one of his conceptual tools to historicize how these forms of visualization managed to actively shape the discourses on national identity, subjectivity and technology, spectacle and urban experience in Latin America within this comparative and emerging global context.