Max Ubelaker

Max Ubelaker Andrade, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor in Latin American Studies

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College of Fine Arts
Department of World Languages & Cultures
O’Leary Library 519

Research Interests

Max Ubelaker Andrade's research explores the cultural contexts of literary visuality in 20th-century Latin America and the Early Modern period. He is the author of Borges Beyond the Visible (Penn State University Press, 2019) and the translator of Néstor Ponce's Disappearance without absence (Waterloo Press, 2017). His essays have appeared in Variaciones Borges, Cervantes, AGNI, Chasqui, y La Nación (Argentina).


Ubelaker Andrade is Senior Editor of Canal, the digital, multilingual undergraduate journal of the Department of World Languages & Cultures. More information about Canal can be found on its website:

Selected Publications

Borges Beyond the Visible. Penn State University Press, April 2019.
“Borges and the Paper Kingdom.” Chasqui. Vol. 51.2, November 2022.
“Tennyson, Kipling and ‘El Zahir.’” Variaciones Borges. Vol. 54, October 2022.
“Beholding Black Light: Art & Visual Paradox in Don Quixote.” Cervantes. Fall 2018.
Disappearance without absence. Waterloo Press, 2017.
“Felisberto Hernández: Música, literatura y frutas salvajes.” La Nación. January 17, 2014
“Witold Gombrowicz: Cosmos y un mundo literario…” La Nación. August 8, 2014.
“Don Quixote: Pain, Space, and Artifice.” Cervantes. Vol. 32.2, Fall 2012.

Selected Presentations

École normale supérieure de Lyon. Lecture title: “Jorge Luis Borges: Two Approaches to Literary Visuality.” Lecturer and Panel Discussant in the international symposium: “(Critical) Blindness Studies: Current Debates and Future Directions/Études (critiques) sur la cécité: débats actuels et directions à venir.” June 30, July 1, 4 and 5, 2022
Boston University. Lecture title: “Borges and the Paper Kingdom: Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy and ‘La biblioteca de Babel.’” November 19, 2021.
Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Lecture title: “Reimagining Borges’s Hexagonal Library.” November 19, 2021.
The Manipal Centre for European Studies’ Lecture Series at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Lecture title: “Don Quixote’s Cartographic Vision: Mapping, Imagination and Political Identity.” September 8, 2020.
NeMLA Conference, Boston. Lecture title: “Borges’s Literary Theology: ‘Islam’ and the Visible.” March 7, 2020.
NeMLA Conference, Washington D.C. Lecture title: “On Tango Singers and Tour Guides: Tomás Eloy Martínez’s El cantor de tango.” March 23, 2019.
Boston University. Translation Now Conference: Conversations on the Art of Literary Translation. Lecture title: “Literary Translation as a Contested Site of Representation.” September 29, 2018.
Harvard University. Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Presentation and Panel Discussion. Lecture title: “On Facilitation as Teaching: Participatory Pedagogy.” June 27, 2018.
Royal Holloway, University of London. Blind Creations: An International Conference on Blindness and the Arts. Lecture title: “Against Seeing: Jorge Luis Borges’ Literary Imagination.” June 29, 2015.
NeMLA Conference at Susquehanna University. Lecture title: “Reimagined Trauma, Sex and Intimacy: Borges’ ‘Emma Zunz.’” April 5, 2014.
Boston University, Writing in the Americas Seminar Lecture Series. Lecture title: “Islam and ‘El Aleph’: An Obscured Literary Theology.”