Dylan Blau Edelstein

Graduate Student


Dylan Blau Edelstein is a PhD Candidate in Princeton University’s Spanish and Portuguese Department, where his research investigates the crossings between the areas of literature, culture, the arts, and the history of psychiatric institutions in 20th-century Brazil. He also teaches language courses in both Spanish and Portuguese.

In 2018, Dylan was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research — as a visiting researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Postgraduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA/UFRJ) — on the early biography of the renown Brazilian psychiatrist and art-therapy pioneer Nise da Silveira. He has published the peer-reviewed article “Freudian Wordplay in Macunaíma” (Journal of Lusophone Studies, 2021). He also recently coauthored with Lilia M. Schwartz the article “A ‘Revolta dos Loucos’ de 1920: agência e insubordinação no Hospital Nacional de Alienados” (Revista Sociologia & Antropologia, soon to be published), which reconstructs the story of a patient-led revolt at Brazil’s National Insane Asylum in 1920.

Interests: Brazilian studies, Latin American studies, modernism, history of psychiatry, mental health, theater, gender and sexuality, translation


B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, with minors in Theater, Latin American Studies, and Ethnography (summa cum laude), Princeton University, 2017

Selected Publications

As a translator, Dylan has published a range of academic and creative works from Portuguese and Spanish into English, including: