Patricia Felisa Barbeito


Patricia Barbeito is currently serving as Interim Dean of Faculty and will be on sabbatical for Spring 2019.

Patricia Felisa Barbeito (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Harvard University) is Professor of American Literatures. She teaches courses on race and ethnicity in American literature; the African American literary tradition; captivity and prison narratives; magical realism; the Latin American novel; and noir fiction and film.

Currently, her research focuses on African-American literature and culture of 1940s-1960s, in particular the protest literature of the period. Based on this research, she is working on a book about African-American author Chester Himes titled, One Jump Ahead of Disaster:  The Politics of Race, Interracial Sex, and Literary Style in Chester Himes’s Writing.

She is also a translator of contemporary Greek fiction and poetry.  Her translations include Their Smell Makes Me Want to Cry by Menis Koumandareas (co-translated with Vangelis Calotychos; Birmingham University Press, 2004), and, most recently, Elias Maglinis’s The Interrogation (Birmingham University Press, 2013) for which she was awarded the 2013 MGSA Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize.


“‘He’s Making Me Feel Things in My Body That I Don’t Feel’: The Body as Battleground in Accounts of Alien Abduction” in Wiley Online Library

“Vitreous Humor, or Abstraction Fleshed Out” in ARTPULSE

List of translations available online:

Vassilis Gkourogiannis, “Nazif the Turk from Ioannina” and Sotiris Dimitriou, an excerpt from God Tells them All in Words without Borders

Christos Asterious, “The Black Box” in InTranslation

Christos Asteriou’s, “The Space Between” in the Asymptote Blog

Christos Asteriou’s “The Last Night” in Exchanges Literary Journal

Amanda Michalopoulou’s, “Deer in the Woods” in PEN American Center