Dierdra Reber

Assistant Professor in Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Office: 509N Callaway Center

Phone: 404-727-6233

Email: dreber@emory.edu


Dierdra Reber received her PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Reber is a faculty affiliate of Film and Media Studies; the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is also a past participant in Emory College’s Piedmont Project for the education of faculty in sustainability concerns, and a founding member of the Sustainability Minor.

Reber’s teaching and research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American and U.S. cultural media (film, television, literature, social media, advertising, political discourse, music, art), cultural and critical theory, affect studies and theory, biopolitics, neoliberalism/capitalism, ecocriticism and sustainability discourse, and the place of Latin America in postcolonial studies and theory.

Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture (Columbia UP, February 2016; http://cup.columbia.edu/book/coming-to-our-senses/9780231170529) interrogates the discursive construction of knowledge and power as a function of emotion in contemporary Latin American and U.S. cultural media, and traces how the logic of a feeling body, rather than a reasoning mind, structures narrative about self and world in those texts. Reber argues that we are witnessing an epistemological shift on a cultural level away from reason and toward affect—sentio being the new cogito.

Reber discussed Coming to Our Senses with Chuck Mertz of the WNUR 89.3FM Evanston, IL, radio program This Is Hell! in a Feb. 27, 2016, segment called “A perpetual now: On capitalism, thought, and the triumph of feeling” (http://thisishell.com/interviews/889-dierdra-reber).

Losing Our Minds: Capitalism, Affect, and the Disavowal of Reason (current book project in progress) examines Latin American and U.S. cultural media for what is lost in the epistemological shift from reason to affect, with a focus on the resultant cultural injunction against all forms of verticality—most visibly, the triumph of opinion over fact and the embattlement of critical thinking.


Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture (Columbia University Press, February 2016) http://cup.columbia.edu/book/coming-to-our-senses/9780231170529


“A perpetual now: On capitalism, thought, and the triumph of feeling” (Interview about Coming to Our Senses). This Is Hell! WNUR, Evanston, IL. 27 Feb. 2016. http://thisishell.com/interviews/889-dierdra-reber


“Reading for Affect, from Literature and Film to Facebook and #Occupy: Why an Epistemological Lens Matters in the Criticism of Capitalist Cultural Politics.” nonsite 13, “The Latin American Issue,” Eds. Eugenio Di Stefano and Emilio Sauri, (2014). http://nonsite.org/article/reading-for-affect-from-literature-and-film-to-facebook-and-occupy (full article)

“False Parity and the Politics of Amnesia.” Co-authored with Joshua Lund. Exile,

Intellectuals, and the Memory Wars. Hispanic Issues On Line Debates 5 (Fall 2012): 42–55. http://hispanicissues.umn.edu/assets/doc/04_LUND_REBER-EIMW.pdf (full article)

“Headless Capitalism: Affect as Free-Market Episteme.” differences 23.1 (Spring 2012): 66-100. http://differences.dukejournals.org/content/23/1/62.abstract (abstract)

“Love as Politics: Amores perros and the Emotional Aesthetics of Neoliberalism.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 19.3 (December 2010): 279-98. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13569325.2010.528894 (abstract)

“Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Ekphrasis in Latin American Novels of Globalization.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 43.1 (Spring 2010): 65-71. http://novel.dukejournals.org/content/43/1/65.abstract (abstract)

“Cure for the Capitalist Headache: Affect and Fantastic Consumption in César Aira’s Argentine ‘Baghdad.’” MLN 122.2 (March 2007): 371-99. https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/mln/v122/122.2reber.html (abstract)

“Lumpérica: el ars teorica de Diamela Eltit.” Revista Iberoamericana 71 (April-June 2005): 449-70. http://revista-iberoamericana.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/Iberoamericana/article/viewFile/5445/5597 (full article)


“Macondo to McOndo: Tracing the Ideal of Latin American Literary Community from Magical Realism to Magical Neoliberalism.” Teaching the Latin American Boom (MLA Options for Teaching). Ed. Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola and Lucille Kerr. New York: Modern Language Association, 2015. 206-216. https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Options-for-Teaching/Teaching-the-Latin-American-Boom

“La afectividad epistémica: el sentimiento como conocimiento en El secreto de sus ojos y La mujer sin cabeza.” Trans. Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón. In El lenguaje de las emociones. Afecto y cultura en América Latina. Ed. Mabel Moraña and Ignacio Sánchez Prado. Madrid; Frankfurt: Iberoamericana; Verveurt, 2012. 93-105.

“Antonio José Ponte: crítica e inmolación revolucionarias.” In La vigilia cubana. Sobre Antonio José Ponte. Ed. Teresa Basile. Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo, 2008. 109-19. http://www.beatrizviterbo.com.ar/int/libros.php?id=288&autor=Teresa%20Basile%20%28compiladora%29&isbn=978-950-845-229-0


Mariano Siskind, Cosmopolitan Desires: Global Modernity and World Literature in Latin America (Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP [FlashPoints], 2014). Latin American Literary Review (forthcoming).

Matthew Bush, Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative (Madrid; Frankfurt am Main, Iberoamericana Verveurt, 2014). Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (October 2016).

Marta Hernández Salván. Mínima Cuba: Heretical Poetics and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba. (Albany, NY: State U of New York P, 2015). Delaware Review of Latin American Studies 16.2 (2015). http://www.udel.edu/LAS/Vol16-2Reber.html

Ana Serra, The “New Man” in Cuba: Culture and Identity in the Revolution (Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2007). Latin American Literary Review 36-72 (July-December 2008): 137-40.

Jennifer L. French, Nature, Neo-Colonialism, and the Spanish American Regional Writers (Hanover: Dartmouth, 2005). The Americas 63.3 (January 2007): 462-63.