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Mailing Address
Comparative Literature Program
Dartmouth College
6051 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: (603) 646-2912
Fax: (603) 646-9288

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Silvia Spitta

Professor of Spanish and Comparative LiteratureSpitta
342 Dartmouth Hall
(603) 646-3715

Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American and US Latino/a literature and culture. Theories of transculturation and mestizaje. Material culture, collecting, and memory. Visual culture and Andean photography.

Selected Publications

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Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas (Houston: University of Texas Press, July 2009).
Winner of the 2010 Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Book Award at Arizona State University.

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Between Two Waters: Narratives of Transculturation in Latin America. Houston: Rice University Press, 1995. (Paperback edition: College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2006).


  • The Americas, Otherwise. Guest Editor with Lois Zamora. Comparative Literature journal. 61.3 (Summer 2009). 
  • Más allá de la ciudad letrada: Crónicas y vivencias urbanas. Co-edited with Boris Muñoz. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Biblioteca de América, 2003.Editions



  • Con ardiente impaciencia: Pedro Franco Dávila and Madrid’s Royal Cabinet.” In Collecting at the Margins: Collecting in Latin American Literature and Culture. Ed. María M. Andrade. (Under review).
  • “Of Brown Buffalos, Cockroaches and Others: Mestizaje North and South of the Rio Bravo.” Reprint. In: Hispanic –American Writers. Edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2009.
  • “Revisiting the Sixties and Re-fusing Trash. Preamble to and Interview with Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater.” Ed. Hortense Spillers. Special issue on the Sixties. boundary 2, vol. 36, no. 1 (Spring 2009).
  • “La Virgen de Guadalupe (tan campante cruzando la frontera de mojada) y la llegada del  mestizaje a los Estados Unidos.” In "El andar tierras", deseos y memorias. Homenaje a Dieter Ingenschay. Eds. Janett Reinstädler, Susanne Schlünder, and Jenny Haase (Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2008).
  • “Lima the Horrible: The Cultural Politics of Theft.” PMLA 122.1 (2007): 294-300.
  • “The Contingencies of Life and Reading: Para Gloria.” PMLA 121.1 (2006): 292-294.

Last Updated: 7/14/14