Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College
Larissa Brewer-García specializes in colonial Latin American studies, with a focus on cultural productions of the Caribbean and Andes and the African diaspora in the early modern Spanish empire. Within these areas, her research and teaching interests include the relationship between literature and law, genealogies of race and racism, humanism and Catholicism in the early modern Atlantic, and translation studies. Her current book project, “Beyond Babel: Translation and the Making of Blackness in Colonial Spanish America,” examines the influence of black interpreters and go-betweens in the creation and circulation of notions of blackness in writings from 16th- and 17th-century Spanish America. She is also working on “Saints’ Lives of the Early Black Atlantic,” a translation and critical edition of hagiographies of individuals of African descent written in Spanish from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Brewer-García earned a PhD in Romance languages and literatures from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in comparative literature and society from Columbia University. In 2012–13, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago, she held a postdoctoral fellowship with Princeton University’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.