Marlena Gittleman

Spanish, English, Catalan, Portuguese, French
Late-19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century
Academic Area: 
Hemispheric American, Latin American, Global South, Feminisms & Queer Theory, Performance Studies, Translation

Research Areas


Marlena Gittleman (she/they) is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality. Her dissertation, “In the Time of Gestures: Embodying Relationality in Twentieth-Century Transnational Feminist Art Forms,” argues for the ongoing relational political potential of gestures in feminist and queer literature and performance art, spanning from early twentieth-century modernisms to 1980s feminisms in the Americas and Europe. Marlena is a translator from Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese, and her recent translations have appeared in Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, Asymptote, and Anomaly. She obtained her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Barnard College in 2012 and joined Berkeley’s Comparative Literature Department in the fall of 2015.