Daniel Cooper

A photo of Daniel Cooper
E-mail: dcooper35@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4328


  • M.A. Global Studies, Universität Leipzig (2009)
  • M.S. Global History, London School of Economics (2008)
  • B.A. Spanish, Global Studies (Double Major), University of California at Santa Barbara (2007)


My main area of research is twentieth-century Latin American literature. I am particularly interested the interplay between literature and ideology.

My dissertation explores certain aesthetic and ideological dimensions of Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz’s relationship in the years before, during, and after World War II. Where their poetry from the time of the Spanish Civil War is concerned, I argue for a more fluid conception of poetic influence that considers Paz’s role in Neruda’s maturation toward a more militant aesthetic. I also compare the elaborations of Latin American history and identity in their respective 1950 masterpieces, Canto General and El laberinto de la soledad, demonstrating how the authors’ divergent ideological visions and poetic techniques there were informed, in part, by their rupture in 1943.

Publications and Presentations

Cooper, Daniel. Review of Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America, by Patrick Iber. Forthcoming in Mester, vol. XLV.