Silvia Spitta

Academic Appointments
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese

  • Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences

  • Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature


342 Dartmouth Hall
HB 6072


  • B.A. University of California at San Diego
  • M.A. University of Oregon
  • Ph.D. University of Oregon

Selected Publications

  • “Remembrance of Things to Come: The 37th Havana Film Festival” with Gerd Gemunden (forthcoming Film Quarterly summer 2016).

  • “The Insurgent Imagination of Tijuana: Transculturation, Ironic Disciplines, and TransBorder Studies.” In Lösch, Klaus; Heike Paul, and Meike Zwingenberger (eds.). Critical Regionalism. Heidelberg: Winter UP (forthcoming).

  • "Basurales ideológicos, geografías espectrales, y las fronteras del hispanismo (Tijuana).” In La Hispanística y el desafío de la globalización,  Actas del coloquio en homenaje a Dieter Ingenshay. Ed. Jenny Haase Iberoamerikana/ Vervuert, 2016

  • “Ivy League Foundational Narratives and Disciplinary Hierarchies,” The Postcolonialist e-journal June 2014.

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Works In Progress

  • Towards a Visual Economy of the Andean World. Book and website in progress.

  • Cultures of Theft. Book in progress.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Book: 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.

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

  • Book: Zamora, 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 urbanas. Co-edited with Boris Muñoz. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Biblioteca de América, 2003.