Professor Emerita of Spanish and Latin American Studies

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Received a B.A. at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1967 and a Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1974. Has taught at Harvard, Boston University, Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Boston College, UMass/Boston, Amherst College, and MIT. Research field is 19th to 21st-century Spanish American literature. After completion of current projects on Sarmiento, is interested in continuing work on Maria Luisa Bombal and melodrama, Horacio Quiroga, and the films of Luis Buñuel. Interested in cultural studies, the intersections among literature, history and the visual arts, women's history and writing, Latin American studies, film, and theory in the areas of gender, literature and psychoanalysis. Committed to undergraduate teaching.

Member of LASA and the Instituto Iberoamericano; has received an SSRC grant, MIT's Levitan Prize, and the 2006 NECLAS Translation Prize for her work on Sarmiento's autobiography.