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 is author of over 90 scholarly articles and prologues, as well as the author of many books. 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); and the entries on “Poetry and Fiction” and on “Peruvian poetry” for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). He is an associate 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.