Tom McEnaney

Professor of Comparative Literature

Tom McEnaney received his Ph.D. in comparative literature (Spanish, French, and English) from UC Berkeley. His research interests include the history of media and technology, the novel in the Americas, sound studies, discourse theory, linguistic anthropology, and new media studies. He has published on digital photography’s role in the construction of divided global and national publics in Cuba (La Habana Elegante), and the poetics of play and historiography in Borges and Benjamin (VariacionesBorges). He is also an occasional contributor to the sound studies blog Sounding Out! He is collaborating with Hoyt Long and Richard So at the University of Chicago on a digital humanities project that examines the circulation of poetry and the formation of transnational social networks across the Americas and East Asia (“Literary Networks”). His current book project, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas, investigates the coevolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States, charting how authors in these countries began to reconceive novel writing as an act of listening.

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