Berkeley English Faculty

John Alba Cutler

John Alba Cutler

Associate Professor

406 Wheeler
M 1-2p, W 11a-12p (by appointment)


Professional Statement

I specialize in US Latino/a/x literatures, with special emphasis on modernism, poetry, and print culture. My current project, “Latinx Modernism and the Spirit of Latinoamericanismo,” examines the prodigious literary output of US Spanish-language serials in the early twentieth century. Daily newspapers, weekly magazines, literary reviews, and anarchist journals were the primary literary institutions for Latinx communities during this time period, publishing tens of thousands of original and reprinted poems, short stories, and crónicas. This project illuminates an entire field of Latinx modernism that these periodicals sponsored at the intersections of Latin American and US Latino/a/x identity and thought. My research has been supported by fellowships from the Alice B. Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the American Council of Learned Societies. I'm currently a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee and the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Board of Directors.

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature
Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Oxford, 2015) examines how Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary works represent assimilation, and what those representations can teach us about race, gender, and the nature of literary disco....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

“Rubén Darío: Latino Poet,” English Language Notes 56.2 (2018): 71-89.

“At the Crossroads of Circulation and Translation: Rethinking US Latino/a Modernism,” Modernism/modernity Print Plus volume 3, cycle 3 (2018):

“Rosa Alcalá’s Aesthetics of Alienation,” in American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, eds. Michael Dowdy and Claudia Rankine. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2018. 41-55.

“Borders and Borderlands Literature.” The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, ed. Yogita Goyal. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 157-73.

“Toward a Reading of Nineteenth-Century Latino Short Fiction,” The Latino 19th Century, eds. Rodrigo Lazo and Jesse Alemán. New York: NYU Press, 2016. 124-145.

“Quinto Sol, Chicano Literature, and the Long March Through Institutions.” American Literary History 26.1 (Summer 2014): 262-294.

English Department Classes