Olivia Lott

Hispanic Languages & Literatures | Entering Year: 2016



Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Olivia Lott completed her BA in Spanish at Kenyon College in 2015 before receiving a 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant to Colombia. She is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Hispanic Studies and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Her dissertation, Radical Re/Turns: Translation and Revolution in Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde Poetics, 1959-1973, examines translational poetic practices of leftist neo-avant-gardes. In theorizing neo-avant-garde return as re/turn “that is, repetition with a generative difference,” this project uncovers a series of poetic-political dialogues with global and local predecessors and contemporaries that endeavor to transform avant-garde energies for 1960s anti-imperialist struggle. Olivia will serve as a Graduate Student Fellow in the Center for the Humanities in Spring 2021 and her first peer-reviewed article, on the 1960s Venezuelan countercultural collective El Techo de la Ballena, is forthcoming from Columbia University’s Revista Hispanica Moderna.