Silvia Spitta

Academic Appointments

Director Comparative Literature Master's Program
Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

My areas of interest include Latin American and Latinx material and visual culture, border culture, photography, and archives. I am currently working to preserve Andean photography archives and curated a city-wide exhibition of the photographs of indigenous photographer Martin Chambi in Cusco in 2014 and the exhibit “Baldomero Alejos” in 2019 in Ayacucho, Peru.

3715
216 Reed Hall
HB 6072
Department(s): 
Comparative Literature
Spanish and Portuguese
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education: 
Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.A. University of Oregon
B.A. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

Against Ruins: El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. (NYC: Hemi Press 2020).

Del archivo a las calles. El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Trans. Catalina Arango (NYC: Hemi Press 2021).

 

Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas (Houston: University of Texas Press, 2009).

--Winner of the 2010 Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Book Award at Arizona State University.

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

 

Des/Memorias: Prácticas y discursos mnemónicos en las Américas. With Adriana López-Labourdette and Valeria Wagner (Barcelona: Linkgua: 2016).

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.

“Lima the Horrible: The Cultural Politics of Theft.” PMLA (January 2007).