American Literary Studies
Film and Media Studies, Comparative Approaches to American Literature, Critical Theories of Class and Race
Jesús Costantino received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he specialized in American literature and film and media studies. He is currently completing his first book, Fighting Form: Boxing, Race, and Media in American Modernism, in which he connects the seemingly disparate histories of new media technologies, modernist abstraction, and modern identity formations—race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality—by accounting for their shared preoccupation with the mass spectacle of boxing.
Inspired by the global impact of depictions of cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Havana, and Mexico City, he has also begun work on a new project titled Under the Sign of Disaster Triumphant that analyzes the social and economic histories buried in images of modern ruin in the Americas and claims that these images take part in ongoing global processes of violent dispossession. Supplementing these two book-length projects, he continues to explore the interplay between visual media and the literary arts in essays on Gordon Parks’s fashion photography, independent video game design, the revolutionary iconography of comics, and photo-texts of the Depression era.