Dr Enea Zaramella

Dr Enea Zaramella

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

I was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at Birmingham in 2017. My main research and teaching interests are Latin American literatures and sound cultures between the late 19th and late 20th centuries.


  • PhD, Princeton University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • Diploma di Laurea Specialistica and Laurea Triennale, Università degli Studi di Trieste.


Having graduated with a Laurea Triennale (2005) and Laurea Specialistica (2007) from the University of Trieste, Italy, I moved to the US to complete an MA (2010) and PhD (2015) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. As a graduate student, I conducted research at archives in several Latin American countries (including Cuba, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia), and after completing my doctoral dissertation, I spent two years living, researching and teaching in Mexico City. More recently I was Visiting Fellow in Hispanic Studies University of Warwick, and Teaching Fellow in Latin American Studies and Spanish at the University of Leicester.


I teach Spanish language at all levels and beginner’s Portuguese language, as well as seminars for the Spanish Core (Years 1&2) and Portuguese Core (Years 1&2). I also teach and convene Glocal Styles and Expressions: Aesthetics in Latin America (Year 2), and a Departmental module entitled Cross-Cultural Cinema: Migration and Displacement.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome graduate students working in the following areas of study:

  • 19th and 20th century Latin American, Caribbean and Brazilian literature, cultures, and intellectual history
  • Music and literature
  • Processes of Transculturation
  • Sound Studies (cultural history of sound and listening practices)

Find out more - our PhD Hispanic Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My interest in the relationship between music and literature began with a MA thesis on Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar and his fascination with jazz. In my PhD thesis I went on to examine the concepts of harmony, silence, and noise in the works of Mário de Andrade, Felisberto Hernández and Alejo Carpentier by studying their relationships with the gramophone, silent cinema, and radio respectively.

My current book project, The Analogic Era: Listening Practices and Cultural Production in Latin America (1890-1963), aims to expand the spectrum of my initial research on music and literature to a wider array of cultural production influenced by historical developments in listening practices. I am particularly interested in the ways in which technological innovations in the recording and reproduction of sound and voice not only permeate the visual prism through which Latin American tradition, archive and modernity are generally interpreted and studied, but also forged the discourse of modernity within nationalistic, cosmopolitan, and capitalistic framework.


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