Efrain Kristal is professor and chair of UCLA’s Department of Comparative Literature. He is also professor in UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and in UCLA’s Department of French and Francophone Studies. He specializes in Latin American literature in comparative contexts, translation studies, and aesthetics; and is author of over ninety scholarly articles and prologues as well as the following books: The Andes Viewed from the City. Literary and Political Discourse on the Indian in Peru (1987); Temptation of the Word. The Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa (1998); and Invisible Work. Borges and Translation (2002). He is an associated editor of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (2010), has edited The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel (2005), and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa (2012) with John King.
His recent publications include "Peter Sloterdijk and literature" for Sloterdijk Now (2012); "Art and Literature in the Liquid Modern Age" for The Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature (2011); the entries on “ Poetry and Fiction” and on “Peruvian poetry” for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), an essay on Yves Bonnefoy's Shakespeare translations for The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry (2013). His forthcoming articles include: “Philosophical/Theoretical Approaches to Translation” for The Blackwell Companion to Translation Studies, and "The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory" for the Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges.
Kristal is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; and held the Julio Cortázar chair at the University of Guadalajara. He has been a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, the University of Göttingen, the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po), and Princeton University; and is an honorary professor at the Universidad del Pacifico in his native Lima, Peru.