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Tom McEnaney

Assistant Professor


Tom McEnaney received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Spanish, French, and English) from UC Berkeley. His research interests include the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His articles have appeared in Cultural Critique, La Habana Elegante, Representations, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Sound Studies, Sounding Out!, and Variaciones Borges. He has co-edited a special issue of Representations (Winter 2017) on the subject of literature and linguistic anthropology, and a series on radio cultures in the Caribbean and Latin America for the online journal Sounding Out! His book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. The book charts the rise and fall of populism and state socialism, and how authors in these countries began to re-conceive novel writing as an act of listening in order to shape the creation and understanding of the vox populi.


  • Comparative Literature

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies


  • American Studies Program



Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017)


Real-to-Reel: Social Indexicality, Sonic Materiality, and Literary Media Theory in Eduardo Costa’s Tape Works” in Representations 137 (Winter 2017): 145-168.

Introduction: Language-in-Use and Literary Fieldwork” (w/Michael Lucey) (Introduction to a special issue on “Language-in-Use and the Literary Artifact) in Representations 137 (Winter 2017): 1-22.

Realismo Sonoro y Fidelidad Literaria: Las obras de cinta de Eduardo Costa” in Revista de estudios hispánicos, Tomo L, Número 2 (Junio 2016): 371-386.

No Transmitter: Clandestine Radio Listening Communities in Ricardo Piglia’s The Absent City” in Cultural Critique no. 91 (Fall 2015): 72-97.

Wireless Materials: Radio Cultures in Ireland, Latin America, and the United States at the Mid-Century (A Review Essay)” in Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2015): 171-176.

“This American Voice: The Odd Timbre of A New Standard in Public Radio” (Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, 2017)

“Reading By Numbers, Writing By Tape: Rodolfo Walsh’s Act of World Literature” (Under review)

“Provincial Cosmopolitanism & The Literary System of the Americas” (In process)

Series Editor: “Radio de Acción” Sounding Out!, March 27-May 8, 2014 (Contributions by Alejandra Bronfman, Karl Swinehart, and Carolina Guerrero)

Hello Americans: Hemispheric Perspectives and Orson Welles” in Sounding Out!, August, 2013.

Diane…The Personal Voice Recorder In Twin Peaks” in Sounding Out!, April 2, 2012.

The Digital Revolution? History, Photography, and the Body of Fidel Castro” in La Habana Elegante, No. 49, Primavera-Verano 2011.

In the Cards: Prophecy and the Gamble of Language in Borges’ ‘El Truco’” in Variaciones Borges, Vol. 22, November 2006: 129-148.


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