Antonio is PhD candidate in his fourth year of study, currently writing on the turn from semantic to aesthetic relations in the prose of Henry James, Willa Cather and Nathaniel Hawthorne. An Americanist, he is concerned more generally with aesthetic theory in Auerbach, Hegel, Kant, Lessing, Adorno and others. He holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and M.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton. His recent teaching includes courses on American literature offered through the Prison Teaching Initiative.