Michelle Clayton

Michelle Clayton

Associate Professor Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature
Phone: +1 401 863 9205

My work focuses on modern and contemporary Latin American and European writing and film, avant-garde aesthetics and poetry, dance, art history, and media studies. My first book, Poetry in Pieces: César Vallejo and Lyric Modernity (2011), studied a Peruvian poet against a broad Western lyric and aesthetic backdrop; I am now at work on a second project, Moving Bodies of the Avant-Garde, which examines forms of cultural circulation across Europe and the Americas in the early twentieth century.


A native of Dublin, Ireland, Professor Clayton studied Modern Languages (Spanish & German) at Oxford University, and received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University in 2003. She taught Latin American and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2002 to 2012, and now joins the Brown community as Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature. Her research and teaching interests include modern poetry; avant-garde aesthetics; dance; art history; media studies; and film, from the earliest silents to contemporary Spanish and Latin American productions. She looks forward to offering courses on modern Latin American writers such as César Vallejo, Juan Carlos Onetti, José María Arguedas, Juan José Saer, and Cesar Aira; on the international avant-gardes; and on transnational and interdisciplinary exchanges spanning writing, performance, and the plastic arts.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (2008-09)
UCLA Latin American Center Faculty Fellowship (2005-06)
UCLA Faculty Career Development Award (2005-06)
Princeton University, Armstrong-Foulet Dissertation Fellowship (2000-01)
Oxford University, Arteaga Prize (1st place in Spanish) (1996)


Editorial board, Flashpoints (Northwestern University Press)
Modern Languages Association
Latin American Studies Association
Modernist Studies Association
American Comparative Literature Association


Modern and contemporary Latin American writers (Vallejo, Arguedas, Onetti, Saer, Piglia, Aira, Bolaño); modern poetry; international avant-garde aesthetics; "formas breves" in Hispanic literary production; art, dance, and film histories.