Hispanoamerica, Brazil and the Global South: Literature, Culture and Film

Professional Focus

I offer classes in Latin American literatures, film history, and cultural studies, as well as on cultural pharmacology. My research concerns the conceptual history of modernity, heterogeneity in the Americas, new narrative formations of the Global South, and psychoactive modernity.

From 2000 to 2010, I held a full professorship at the University of Pittsburgh.

I have authored books on narcoepics, violence, affectivity and ethics; narratology and cultural studies in Latin America; the conceptual history of popular culture; the melodramatic imagination; hermeneutics of communication; and Alejo Carpentier. My current research explores relationships between embodied communication, rituality, and anthropological pharmacology.


I received a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Rostock, and a Dr. Habil. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the J. W. Goethe-University Frankfurt Main.


Cover The Pharmakon

The Pharmakon
Concept Figure, Image of Transgression, Poetic Practice

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018

Cover Narcodependencia

Escenarios heterogéneos de narración y reflexión

México: El colegio Nacional, 2018

Cover Narcoepics:

A Global Aesthetics of Sobriety

London / New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Cover Violence Without Guilt:

Violence Without Guilt:
Ethical Narratives from the Global South

New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008

Cover Renarración y descentramiento

Renarración y descentramiento
Mapas alternativos de la imaginación en América Latina

Madrid–Frankfurt Main: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2004

Cover Narraciones anacrónicas de la modernidad

Narraciones anacrónicas de la modernidad
Melodrama e intermedialidad en América Latina

Editor and co-autor

Santiago: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2002

Cover Fronteras de la modernidad en América latina

Fronteras de la modernidad en América latina

Editor with Mabel Moraña.

University of Pittsburgh/Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2003

Cover Modernidad heterogénea

Modernidad heterogénea
Descentramientos hermenéuticos desde la comunicación en América Latina

Caracas: Universidad Central de Venezuela/Centro de Investigaciones Postdoctorales, 2000

Cover Contemporaneidad latinoamericana y análisis cultural

Contemporaneidad latinoamericana y análisis cultural
Conversaciones al encuentro de Walter Benjamin

with Jesús Martín-Barbero.

Madrid–Frankfurt Main: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2000

Cover Heterotopien der Identität

Heterotopien der Identität
Literatur in interamerikanischen Kontaktzonen

Heterotopias of Identity. Literature in the Interamerican Contact Zones

Editor with Utz Riese, [Homi K. Bhabha and Mark Poster are among the authors of the volume]

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1999

Cover Sprünge im Spiegel

Sprünge im Spiegel
Postkoloniale Aporien der Moderne in beiden Amerika

Fissures in the Mirror. Postcolonial Aporias of Modernity in the Americas

Editor with Utz Riese.

Bonn: Bouvier Verlag, 1997

Cover Posmodernidad en la periferia

Posmodernidad en la periferia
Enfoques latinoamericanos de la nueva teoría cultural

Editor with Monika Walter

Berlin: Langer Verlag, 1994

Cover Intermedialität als Erzählerfahrung

Intermedialität als Erzählerfahrung
Isabel Allende, José Donoso und Antonio Skármeta im Dialog mit Film, Fernsehen, Theater

Intermediality as Narrative Experience

Frankfurt Main: Peter Lang, 1994

Cover Romankunst in Lateinamerika

Romankunst in Lateinamerika

The Modern Novel in Latin America


Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1989

Cover Alejo Carpentier:

Alejo Carpentier:
Persönliche Geschichte eines literarischen Moderneprojekts

Alejo Carpentier: Personal History of a Literary Modernity Project

Munich: Verlag Text & Kritik, 1991


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Prof. Dr. Hermann Herlinghaus

Romanisches Seminar
Werthmannstr. 14, 1.OG
Rooms 1005, 1006, 1007
79085 Freiburg

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Romanisches Seminar
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg

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Phone(0761) 203-3183
Fax(0761) 203-3195
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Professorship supported by German Scholars Organization e.V.