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Jesús Costantino

Jesus Costantino

Assistant Professor

American Literary Studies


Research Area/s

Film and Media Studies, Comparative Approaches to American Literature, Critical Theories of Class and Race

Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 339


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.

Publications include

  • Editor and Introduction, with Alenda Chang and Braxton Soderman, “Permadeath and Precarity,” Special Issue of The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 9.2 (2017).

  • "The Squared City: Prizefighting, Tenement Reform, and Spatial Physiognomy at the Turn of the Century," American Literary Realism 49.3 (2017).

  • “Harlem in Furs: Race and Fashion in the Photography of Gordon Parks,” Modernism/modernity 23.4 (2016).

  • “The Boxer’s Pain, the Bull’s Prose: Race, American Boxing, and Hemingway’s Ring Aesthetics,” The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1915-1945. Vol. 15 (2015).

  • “Seeing without Feeling: Muybridge’s Boxing Pictures and the Rise of the Bourgeois Spectator.” Film & History 44.2 (Fall 2014): 66-81.

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