Ericka Beckman

Office Location: 
510 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2016: R 3-5pm or by appointment
Associate Professor of Romance Languages

My research focuses primarily on narratives of capitalist modernity and modernization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America.  My first book, Capital Fictions:  The Literature of Latin America's Export Age (Minnesota, 2013), studied how literature represented the incorporation of the region's economies into world markets at the end of the nineteenth century.  My current book project, tentatively titled "Vanishing Horizons:  Reading Rural Modernity in Latin America," looks at how literary fiction imagined the making and unmaking of rural worlds in the long twentieth century, particularly as the result of three historical transformations:  the commercialization and mechanization of agriculture, urban out-migration and land reform.

Research Interests: 
  • 19th- and 20th- century Latin American literature and culture
  • literature and economics
  • Marxism and critical theory
  • rural modernity and modernization
  • colonialism and neo-colonialism
Selected Publications: 
  • Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export Age. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.


Journal Articles
  • “Unfinished Transitions: The Dialectics of Rural Modernization in Latin American Fiction,” Modernism/modernity, Volume 23, Number 4, November 2016, pp. 813-832.
  • “Jorge Isaacs’ María and the Space-Time of Global Capitalism,” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 56:3 (2016): 539-559. 
  • "Fables of Globalization: Race, Sex and Money in Nineteenth-Century Latin America." Tesserae: Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies 19.2 (2013): 99-116.
  • "Fiction and Fictitious Capital in Julian Martel's _La bolsa_." Hispanic Review 81.1 (2013): 17-39.
  • Beckman, Ericka. ""An Oil Well Named Macondo: Latin American Literature in the Time of Global Capital"." PMLA 127.1 (2012): 145-151.
  • Beckman, Ericka. ""The Creolization of Imperial Reason: Chilean State Racism in the War of the Pacific"." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 18.1 (2009): 73-90.
  • Beckman, Ericka. ""Bedouins and Troubadours on the Pampa: Orientalism and Medievalism in Sarmiento's Facundo"." Chasqui (2009):
  • Beckman, Ericka. ""Sujetos insolventes: José Asunción Silva y la economía transatlántica del lujo"." Revista Iberoamericana 75.228 (2009): 757-772.
  • Beckman, Ericka. ""False Representations: José Martí and the Culture of Advertising"." Revista Hispánica Moderna 61.1 (2008): 19-35.
  • Alvarez, Sonia , Elizabeth J. Friedman, Ericka Beckman, Maylei Blackwell, Norma Chinchilla, Nathalie Lebon, Marysa Navarro, and Marcela Ríos Tobar. ""Encountering Latin American Feminisms"." Signs 28.2 (2003): 537-580.


Magazine Articles
  • "Quand les présidents étaient poètes." Le Monde diplomatique. 1 Nov. 2014: 20-21.


Website Articles



PhD, Stanford (2005)