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World Languages & Cultures | Haywood Ferreira, Rachel
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Professor Haywood Ferreira obtained her doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale University in 2003. Her scholarship on Latin American science fiction crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries between Hispanists and Brazilianists and between literary and cultural studies. Her book, The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press 2011), examines the sf produced in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico during the extended nineteenth century. Her current work focuses on the writing, publishing, and reception of science fiction in Latin America during the space race era.

Digital Repository of selected scholarship:


  • The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction. Wesleyan University Press, Early Classics of Science Fiction series. (2011)
  • “Second Contact: The First Contact Story in Latin American Science Fiction.” Parabolas of Science Fiction, Eds. Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2013. 70-88, 263-65.
  • “Oesterheld’s Iconic and Ironic Eternautas.” Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice, Eds. M. Elizabeth Ginway and J. Andrew Brown. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 155-84.
  • “El viaje a Marte en la imaginación argentina ayer y hoy: Viaje maravilloso del Señor Nic-Nac al planeta Marte de Holmberg y Viaje a Marte de Zaramella.” Revista Iberoamericana 78.238-239 (2012): 25-38.
  • “Más Allá, El Eternauta, and the Dawn of the Golden Age of Latin American Science Fiction (1953-59).” Extrapolation 51.2 (2010): 281-303.
  • “Back to the Future: The Expanding Field of Latin-American Science Fiction.” Hispania 91.2 (2008): 352-62.
  • “By Burro and by Beagle: Geographical Journeys through Time in Latin American Science Fiction.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 18.2 (2007): 166-86.
  • “The First Wave: Latin American Science Fiction Discovers Its Roots” Science Fiction Studies 34.3 (2007): 432-62.
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Office: 3240 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-4043
Email: rachelhf@iastate.edu