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Jessica Sequeira

Jessica Sequeira

King's College

I am an intellectual historian and literary scholar focused on philosophical and literary thought from Latin America in the first half of the 20th century. Currently I am writing an intellectual historical account of how six Latin American thinkers (from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil) brought South Asian ideas into their work.

The philosophies and literatures of South Asia have been taken up by Latin American writers with various ethical, legal, psychological, educational and political motivations behind their readings. I am particularly interested in new understandings of subjecthood and the human, positionings of Latin American thought with relation to the global modernist context, and translations (of both natural languages and culture) between Spanish, Hindi, English and other regional languages. I am looking at books of poetry, philosophical texts, literary essays, magazine contributions and journalistic accounts.

Previously I completed an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge (with distinction) and an AB at Harvard University in Social Studies / Intellectual History (magna cum laude). For the last decade I have been based in Santiago and Buenos Aires as an active writer, literary translator and teacher.

I see my creative and academic work as complementary; books I have published include the novel A Furious Oyster, the collection of stories Rhombus and Oval, the collection of essays Other Paradises: Poetic Approaches to Thinking in a Technological Age and the hybrid work A Luminous History of the Palm. In addition, I have translated over twenty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, mostly by Latin American authors. My translation of Sara Gallardo's Land of Smoke was awarded the 2019 Premio Valle-Inclán by the Society of Authors and longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. I also edit the magazine Firmament published by Sublunary Editions, featuring new writing from around the world.

My supervisors are Joanna Page and Shruti Kapila.

I am funded by the Cambridge Trust & King’s College Scholarship.

Selected publications

"Translating Power." Forum for Modern Language Studies.

"Mapuche Poetry as Global Intellectual History." Global Intellectual History.

"The Split Selves of Modernity." Global Intellectual History.

"Creatures of the Popol Vuh." Aeon.

Teaching at Cambridge

Faculty of History
* Evidence and Argument
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
* SP5 - Latin American Culture and History
* SP12 - Optional Dissertation
* SP13 - Contemporary Latin American Culture
* SPB2 - Translation from Spanish
* SPC1 - Translation from and into Spanish
* Year Abroad Translation Projects
Institute of Continuing Education
* Undergraduate Certificate in International Relations ("Contemporary Political Issues in Latin America" — Lecture & Seminars)


British Comparative Literature Association — Early Career Representative
Cambridge Global Humanities Workshop — Record Keeper