Dr. Marco Katz

Sessional Instructor, English

P: 780-465-3500
  • PhD, University of Alberta, 2011
  • Cornell School of Criticism and Theory, 2010
  • MA, Humboldt State University, 2006
  • BA, Humboldt State University, 2003

Marco Katz publishes scholarly work and fiction in English and Spanish. He has presented papers at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and three times at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Before turning to research and writing, he spent decades playing, producing, and composing music. His recordings include a song cycle based on Pablo Neruda’s Las piedras del cielo on the Centaur Records label. He currently serves as a series editor for Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature.

Research Interests

  • Literatures of the American Hemisphere
  • Cultural Studies
  • Music and Literature
  • Nikkei Literature of Canada, the United States, and Peru
  • Community Activism

Current Research Project

Making Music Mean: Sonic Approaches to Creation-Research. This book-length research project develops musical as well as literary critiques in order to examine differences and similarities in the two forms of criticism.


Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from Our America: Noteworthy Protagonists. Literatures of the Americas Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Essays in Academic Anthologies

“Music as Formal and Signifying Feature in García Márquez.” Co-written with Gene H. Bell-Villada, The Oxford Handbook of Gabriel García Márquez, edited by Gene H. Bell-Villada and Ignacio López-Calvo, Oxford UP, 2021.

“La mu?sica en El amor en los tiempos del co?lera.” Gabriel García Márquez: Nuevas Lecturas [New Readings], edited by Juan Moreno Blanco, Editorial de la Universidad del Magdalena, 2021, 223-264.

“The Heavens Look Down Upon Us: José Enrique Rodó and the Spirit of América,” History, Imperialism, Critique: New Essays in World Literature. Asher Ghaffar, ed. New York: Routledge, 2018. 167-182.

“Popular Music Genres.” A Companion to Popular Culture. Gary Burns, ed. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 123-143.

“Whose Diaspora is This Anyway? Peruvians, Japanese Perhaps, and Dekasegi.” Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Communities Unsettle the Nation-State. Aloys Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale, and Cody McCarroll, eds. Edmonton: U of Alberta P, 2011. 293-321.

Selected Refereed Articles

“As the Sun Set on Europe: Marvelous Realism and a New Place for America.” Atlantic Studies Journal: Literary, Cultural and Historical Perspectives. 9.2 (2012): 127-41.

“Sounds from Nowhere: Musical Protagonists by Alejo Carpentier and Zora Neale Hurston.” Comparative American Studies. 10.1 (2012): 30-44.

“Hearing through Our Eyes: Musical Archives and Authentic Performance.” Popular Music and Society. Special Issue: Popular Music as Cultural Heritage. 31.4 (October 2008): 511-527.

“Tiras, timbres y estereotipos: el negro Memín Pinguín y la manipulación de la cultura popular con representaciones étnicas.” [“Comic Strips, Stamps, and Stereotypes: Black Memín Pinguín and the Manipulation of Popular Culture with Ethnic Representations.”] Culturas Populares [Popular Cultures] No. 5. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (July-December 2007) ISSN: 1886-5623.

“Salsa Criticism at the Turn of the Century: Identity Politics and Authenticity.” Popular Music and Society. 28:1 (2005): 35-54.

Invited Talks

Plenary Talk: “Chilean English: The Place of Chilean Students in the History of Language and Literature.” 9 August 2019, Third Colloquium in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Keynote: “Music and Translation.” 28-29 October 2020, National Conference on Interdisciplinary Research on Translation, University of Birjand, Birjand, Southern Khorasan, Iran.

Invited Lecture: “A Canadian Culture Born on Foreign Shores.” 30 November 2020, The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Book Presentation: Presentation of Gabriel García Márquez: Nuevas lecturas, 10 October 2020, Santa Marta International Book Fair, Magdalena, Colombia.

Selected Refereed Conferences

“Latent Latin Americanism.” 4 January 2019, Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago.

“Making Music Mean: Toward Research-Creation with Critical Notes.” 26 October 2019, Universities Art Association of Canada, Quebec.

“Tierra Prometida – Spain as Jewish Past and Future.” 18 March 2016, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Canciones que critican” [Songs that Critique]. 6 January 2014, Alexander von Humboldt Conference, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile.

“De la vallenata-bachata a la two-beat repeat: un discurso rítmico sobre la música americana.” 30 May 2013, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Washington DC.

“Con palabras y notas: Zora Neale Hurston y las orillas norteñas del Caribe.” [With Words and Notes: Zora Neale Hurston and the Nothern Shores fo the Caribbean] 1 August 2012. Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latino Americana (JALLA), Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

“Seers and Seraphim: A Journalistic Explanation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Novel.” 9 January 2011, Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles.

“What Happened: los idiomas de salsa.” 29 December 2006, Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia.

“From Cuzco to California: José Watanabe and Naomi Quiñones in the Nikkei Diaspora.” 30 March 2006, National Association of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco.

Selected Fiction

“El disco 45.” Cartas de desamor y otras adicciones, Julia Barella, ed., Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2019: 125-131.

Correo electrónico entre Eduardo Oso y Sancho Panza.” White Rabbit: English Studies in Latin America, ISSN: 0719-0921 7.10 (July 2014)

Creative Nonfiction – A Selection

“Assimilation is Great, but shouldn't cost an immigrant his or her native language.” Desert Sun (USA Today Network), 27 January 2019.

“A sign that something isn't quite right in the neighborhood.” Desert Sun (USA Today Network), 16 December 2018.

“El jazz latino no existe.” [Latin Jazz Does Not Exit] Diálogo Atlántico – El Blog del Instituto Franklin – UAH, 14 June 2018.

“Whirled Music While U Wait.” Forum. Popular Music and Society. 30:5 (2007): 631-38.

“José Watanabe y la palabra del huso.” [José Watanabe and the Word of the Spindle] Kaikan. 78. Lima, Peru. June 2013. 20-22.

“Buscando a Watanabe.” [Searching for Watanabe] Diario la Industria de Chiclayo. Chiclayo, Peru. 1 March 2012. 2.

“El porque del idioma.” [The Why of Language] La Guagua. (Cultural Journal) Alberta, September 2009.

“Top 40 College Towns.” Outside Magazine. Santa Fe, New Mexico. September 2003.

Selected Interviews

“Interview with American Writer and Musician, Marco Katz,” Geosi Interviews Fifty Writers Worldwide, Beaumont, Texas: Lamar University Literary Press, 2017.

Un encuentro con Marco Katz” [Getting Together with Marco Katz], journal interview with Jairo Grijalba Ruiz. Herencia Latina. San Juan, Puerto Rico. December 2012-January 2013.

Informe Cultural, television interview with Andrea Arboleda. Mundo Universitario UV. Cali, Colombia. 21 August 2012. 

Marco Katz, el último gran trombonist de Mon Rivera” [Marco Katz, Last Great Trombonist with Mon Rivera], radio interview with Eduardo Roa and Diego Velázquez. Radio Mil40. Popayán, Colombia. 28 July 2012.