Silvia Spitta

Chair, 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
Comparative Literature
Spanish and Portuguese
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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.

“Towards a Cinema of Deceleration: Festival Report.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 10.1 (2013).

“Monumentally Indian: Edward S. Curtis and the Cuzco School of Photography.” Comparative American Studies: An International Journal (guest editors Antonio Barrenechea andHeidrun Moertl). Vol. 11 No. 2, June 2013, 166–84

“On the Monumental Silence of the Archive and the Cuzco School of Photography.” e-misférica (Summer 2012).

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

“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:

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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 and 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.