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Silvia Spitta

Professor Silvia SpittaProfessor of Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
6072 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3511

Office: 342 Dartmouth Hall

2014 Spring Office Hours: Wednesdays  1:00 - 3:00 p.m., or by appointment

Telephone: (603) 646-3715
Fax: (603) 646-3695
E-mail: Silvia.D.Spitta@Dartmouth.edu

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 1989
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 1983
B.A. General Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1979

Primary Interests

  • 20th-century Latin American and US Latino literature
  • Hemispheric Americas Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Border Writing and Culture
  • Indigenismo

Selected Courses Taught at Dartmouth

In the Spanish Department

  • SPAN 1: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 2: Introductory Spanish
  • SPAN 3: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 6: Language Study Abroad
  • SPAN 7: Latino/a American Female icons
  • SPAN 8: Writing and Speaking: A Cultural Approach for Speakers of Spanish
  • SPAN 9: Writing and Reading: A Cultural Approach
  • SPAN 31: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • SPAN 32: Introduction to Hispanic Literature III: The Twentieth Century
  • SPAN 37: Texts and Contexts: Topics in Writing
  • SPAN 72: Latin American and Latina Women: Gender, Culture, Literature (Spring 07)
  • SPAN 73: Literature and Social Protest: Alienation, Dictatorship, Revolution and Disillusionment in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • SPAN 74: Old World, New World: Tradition and Change in Contemporary Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 77: Hispanic Literature in the USA
  • SPAN 79: Latino/a Literature: Between Literary Traditions, Languages and Cultures
  • SPAN 80: Seminar: Latin American Literature (Mestizaje, Misplaced Objects)
  • SPAN 89: Culminating Experience

In the Comparative Literature Program

  • Comparative Literature 7: X-ing: The US-Mexico Border
  • Comparative Literature 50: Europe and its Cultural Others (Theories of Colonialism)
  • Comparative Literature 52/WGST 40: Latin American Literatures (The Borderlands: Latino/a Writers in the United States)
  • Comparative Literature 67/WGST 40 Literature and Women’s/Gender Studies (Women’s Identity in Migration)
  • Comparative Literature 105 Graduate Seminar

In the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

  • Women’s and Gender Studies 20: Roots of Feminism
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 40: Women’s Identities in Migration
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 40: The Borderlands: Latina Writers in the U.S.

In the Latino Latin American and Caribbean Program

  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: Latinos in the 60s

Selected Publications

Books

spitta2Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

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

Editions

spitta1Zamora, Lois Parkinson (ed. and introd.), and Silvia Spitta (ed. and introd. ). "The Americas, Otherwise." Comparative Literature 61.3 (2009): 189-365.

Book: Más allá de la ciudad letrada: Crónicas y vivencias urbanasMás allá de la ciudad letrada: Crónicas y vivencias urbanas. Co-edited with Boris Muñoz. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Biblioteca de América, 2003.

Articles

  • “Lima the Horrible: The Cultural Politics of Theft.” Forthcoming in PMLA (January 2007).
  • “The State of Latino Studies.” Latino Studies. Eds. Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez and Nancy Saporta Sternbach (accepted).
  • “The Contingencies of Life and Reading: Para Gloria.” PMLA 121.1 (2006): 292-294.
  • “Sandra Ramos: La vida no cabe en una maleta.” Imaginarios Femeninos en Latinoamérica. Eds. Alicia Ortega and Susana Rosano. Special issue of Revista Iberoamericana LXXI-210 (2005): 35-53. Early version of this essay was posted by Sandra Ramos on her website: http://www.sandraramosart.com/writes/nofit04.asp
  • “Un altar a la presencia: Los objetos hallados, la fotografía, la memoria y la identidad latina en EEUU.” Hibridismos culturales: la literatura y cultura de los latinos en los Estados Unidos. Eds. Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez and Frances Aparicio. Revista Iberoamericana LXXI-212 (2005): 745-762.
  • “Más allá de la ciudad letrada. Prefacio." In: Más allá de la ciudad letrada: Crónicas y vivencias urbanas. Eds. Boris Muñoz and Silvia Spitta. Pittsburgh: Biblioteca de América, 2003. 7-23.
  • “De búfalos y cucarachas: Vasconcelos, Oscar Zeta Acosta y el mestizaje en Estados Unidos.”Estudios 9.17 (2001): 175-192.
  • “Of Brown Buffaloes, Cockroaches and Others: Mestizaje North and South of the Río Bravo.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos XXXV.2 (2001): 333-346.
  • “Desdoblamientos calibanescos: Hacia lo complejo.” Roberto Fernández Retamar y los estudios latinoamericanos. Eds. Elzbieta Sklodowska and Ben A. Heller. Pittsburgh: Serie Críticas, 2000. 275-298.
  • “Traición y transculturación: los desgarramientos del pensamiento latinoamericano.” Angel Rama y los estudios latinoamericanos. Ed. Mabel Moraña. Pittsburgh: Serie Críticas, 1997. 173-192
  • “De lo có(s)mico: José Vasconcelos en México y Aztlán.” Formaciones sociales e identidades culturales en la literatura hispanoamericana: Ensayos en homenaje de Juan Armando Epple. Ed. Rosamel Benavides. Chile: Ediciones Barba de Palo, 1997. 193-202.
  • “José María Arguedas: Hacia un lenguaje y un mestizo inmensamente abyectos.” Memorias de JALLA Tucumán 1995. Tucumán: Instituto de Historia y Pensamiento Argentinos, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, 1997. 566-574.
  • “The Spice of Life, the Taste of Diversity: Latino/a American Poetic Recipes and Iconoclastic Prayers." The Americas Review 24.1-2 (1996): 197-226.
  • “La traición de la tradición. ¡Qué pinche ser Malinche! Ensayo de una crítica feminista de la transculturación a raíz de un cuento de Elena Garro.” Estudios 4.8 (1996): 157-168.
  • “Hacia una nueva lectura del mestizo en la obra de José María Arguedas.” Hispamérica XXIV.72 (1995): 15-26. Reprinted as: “José María Arguedas: Un mestizo y un lenguaje inmensamente abyectos.” Universidad y Pueblo 5. 7 (1995): 89-93.
  • “La abyección del mestizo en la obra de José María Arguedas.” Tradición y actualidad de la literatura iberoamericana. Actas del XXX Congreso de Literatura Iberoamericana. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1995. 101-109.
  • “Transculturation, the Caribbean, and the Cuban-American Imaginary.” Tropicalizations. Eds. Frances Aparicio and Suzanne Chávez Silverman. Hanover, NH: UPNE, 1996. 160-180.
  • “Gloria Anzaldúa: The New Mestiza Rides/Writes.” Gender, Self, and Society: Proceedings of the IV. International Conference on the Hispanic Cultures of the United States. Ed. Renate von Barderleben. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1993. 75-85.
  • “Chamanismo y cristiandad: una lectura de la lógica intercultural de los Naufragios de Cabeza de Vaca.” Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana XIX.38 (1993): 317-330.

Current Projects

  • Book project: Cultures of Theft

Last Updated: 3/31/14