Jennifer Ponce de León

Wolf Humanities Center Penn Faculty Fellow

20232024 Forum on Revolution

Jennifer Ponce de León

Associate Professor of English

Jennifer Ponce de León is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also faculty in Latin American and Latinx Studies, affiliated faculty in Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Cinema Studies, and a member of the Graduate Group in Comparative Literature. She is Associate Director of the Critical Theory Workshop/ Atelier de Théorie Critique, which holds an intensive summer seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris every summer. She is the author of Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War (Duke University Press, 2021) and she recently co-authored with Gabriel Rockhill the Introduction to the English translation of Domenico Losurdo’s Western Marxism, which is forthcoming from Monthly Review Press. She is also co-authoring with Rockhill the book manuscript “Revolutionizing Aesthetics,” which will be published by Columbia University Press in the series New Directions in Critical Theory.

Imperialism, Internationalism, Revolution: Art and Politics across the Americas

Imperialism, Internationalism, Revolution: Art and Politics across the Americas is an interdisciplinary study of contemporary political discourse and artistic productions from Latin America and the US that contributes to debates surrounding revolutionary internationalism as a framework for analyzing and engaging in social struggles. It examines revolutionary internationalist political imaginaries, as well as their tensions and alignments with expressions of nationalism, in theater, visual art, and political discourse of the Chicano Movement; 21st century queer Chicanx theater and literature; collective counter-cartography practices in South America; recent debates around extractivism and national development in Latin America; analyses of contemporary fascism and authoritarianism; and discourses of anticolonial Marxism that have been developed across the Americas since the early 20th century.