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BiographyProfessor Efraín Kristal was an undergraduate in Comparative Literature at University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Maîtrise in Philosophy from the University of Rouen and a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Stanford University. He studied analytic philosophy in the United States and literary theory at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin. He has published numerous essays on Latin American literature and intellectual history, as well as two books: The Andes Viewed from the City: Literary and Political Discourse on the Indian in Peru (1987) and Temptation of the Word: The Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa (1998). The themes of his most recent essays include captivity and incest in North and South American literatures; the Spanish historical epic of the 16th century and its French and Italian antecedents; the literary theory of Burke, Frye, Bloom, and Steiner. He is currently working on Jorge Luis Borges's translations from the English, German, and French, and on the renaissance context of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. He teaches courses on poetry, Latin American literature in comparative contexts (Borges and Kafka, the Joycean novel in Latin America, etc.), and on topics such as the theories of translation, and literary theory and the rhetoric of religion. He is also interested in theater, opera, and painting.
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