Ali Kulez

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Humanities
Core: Readings in World Literature

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Ali Kulez received his Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at the University of Southern California. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Warwick.

His monograph-in-progress, Gastropoetics: Cultural Figurations of Eating in Modern Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba, examines consumption as a site of critical reflection on sovereignty, national identity, and the politics of aesthetics. His research engages with diverse media that include stories, paintings, manifestos, and opera develop a theory of eating as act, trope, and affect in Latin American literature and culture. The study proposes that scenes of eating gesture towards dissident forms of expression and belonging.

His second major research project, Beyond the Orient: Latin America’s Encounters with the Middle East (1866-2016), examines cases of travel, immigration, and cultural intake that problematize and push beyond Orientalism as an explanatory framework. Looking at travel literature, diasporic poetry, and novels from third-generation authors, the study argues that South-South encounters unsettle contemporary ideas about ethnicity, religion, and nationhood.

His work has appeared in CR: The New Centennial Review, Middle Eastern Literatures, and Archivos: Revista de Filosofía, and is forthcoming in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.