• Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Maitrîse, Université de Rouen
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications



  • Poetry as Fiction,” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 484-485.
  • “Poetry of Peru,” (co-authored with Marta Ortiz Canseco), Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 1027-1030.
  • “Refundiciones literarias y biográficas en La ciudad y los perros,” in Mario Vargas Llosa, La ciudad y los perros. Edición conmemorativa del cincuentenario, Madrid, Alfaguara, 2012, pp. 539-557.
  • “Literature in the Philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk,” Sloterdijk Now, Stuart Elden (ed.), Cambridge, U.K., Polity Press, 2012, pp. 147-164.
  • “Introduction,” co-authored with John King, The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, 2012, pp. 1-8.
  • “The Total Novel and the Novella. Conversation in The Cathedral and The Cubs,” The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, 2012, pp. 37-48.
  • “From Utopia to Reconciliation. Paradise Around the Corner, The Bad Girl, and The Dream of the Celt,” The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, 2012, pp.129- 147.
  • “An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa,” The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, 2012, pp. 212-220.
  • “Fiction and the Novel,” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, Volume I, 2011, pp. 299-307.
  • “Art and Literature in the Liquid Modern Age. On Richard Wollheim, Zygmunt Bauman and Yves Michaud,” The Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature, Oxford, 2011, pp. 108-119.
  • “Mario Vargas Llosa y la Comedia Humana de Balzac,” Turia, Número 97-98, March- May 2011, pp. 298-300.
  • “Richard Wollheim on Art and Psychoanalysis,” Navigatio vitae. Saggi per I settant’anni di Remo Bodei(Festschrift in honor of Remo Bodei), edited by Luiggi Ballerini, Andrea Borsari and Massimo Ciavolella, New York, Agincourt Press, 2010, pp. 123-134.
  • “Literatura y filosofía moral según Jacques Bouveresse,” Anuario de Estudios Filológicos, vol. XXXII, 2009, pp. 145-156.
  • “Sobre Ajuar Funerario de Fernando Iwasaki,” in Adélaîde de Chatellus (ed.), El cuento hispanoamericano contemporáneo, Paris, ADEHL, 2009, pp. 133-138.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe Univeristy, Melbourne, Australia, June-September 2002.
  • Mercator Research Fellowship, Deutsches Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2001.
  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2000.
  • Choice, Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award, for Temptation of the Word. The Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa, 1998.
  • Del Amo Foundation Fellowship for Archival research at the National Library of Spain in Madrid.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Host: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Breisemeister of the Iberoamerikanisches Institut, Berlin, 1991-1992.
  • Hoopes prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching, Harvard University, 1990.
  • National Endowment fot the Humanities, Travel to Collections Award, Summer 1990.
  • Clarke Fund Research Grant, Harvard University, 1989-90.
  • Whiting Fellow, 1984-85.
  • Foreign Student, Philosophy Program, Ecole Normale Supériure de Paris (rue d’Ulm), 1982-1983.
  • Stanford University Fellowship, 1980-84.
  • Foreign Student, LIterature and Philosophy, Université de Montpellier, 1978-1980.
  • Bank of America and Berkeley Alumni Association Fellowships, 1976-1980
  • Departmental Citation, Comparative Literature, UC-Berkeley.