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Carl Fischer


Associate Professor of Spanish
Faber Hall 565
Fall 2020 Office hours (Rose Hill): T 2:00-4:00, and by app. Zoom ID: 865 5443 7652 (password: citas)


AB, Occidental College
MA, Stanford University
PhD, Princeton University


  • 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature
  • Latin American film and visual culture


Carl Fischer specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American film, visual culture, and literature, as well as gender and sexuality studies. He is also affiliated with Fordham's Latin American and Latino Studies Institute (LALSI). His monograph Queering the Chilean Way: Cultures of Exceptionalism and Sexual Dissidence, 1965-2015 was published in 2016. Chilean Film in the Twenty-First Century World, a book he co-edited with Vania Barraza, is forthcoming in 2020 with Wayne State University Press. He is currently working on an a new research project on the aesthetics of authoritarianism in Latin America's Southern Cone region. Other research interests include popular culture, translation studies, and queer theory. Before studying for his PhD, he spent several years working as a translator for the Chilean government. 

Courses Taught


  • Survey of Latin American Film
  • Cultures of Memory and Post-Memory in Contemporary Chile
  • Literatures of the Latin American Boom and Post-Boom
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Fascist Aesthetics and the Hispanic World 

Selected Publications

-"José Donoso and the Monstrous Masculinities of Chile's Agrarian Reform." Hispanic Review, 83.3, (Summer 2015): 253-273.

-"Animal Suffering and/as Discourse in 1960s Latin American Cinema.” Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas 15.3 (December 2018)

-“Ese sexo que no es 100011001: Sobre la visibilidad digital/chilena/trans*.” Comunicación y medios 39 (July 2019), 110-22.