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Silvia Dapía

Silvia G. Dapía is Professor of German and Spanish at John Jay College and Professor of Latin American Literature at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Since 2010 she is Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at John Jay College.

She studied at the Universidad de La Plata, Argentina, where she graduated with a degree in Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the Universität zu Köln, Germany. Her areas of specialization include German, Austrian, Latin American, and French literatures and cultures.

She is the author of Die Rezeption der Sprachkritik Fritz Mauthners im Werk von Jorge Luis Borges (1993) and of numerous articles on Latin American literature, semiotics and comparative literature appearing in scholarly journals such as Chasqui, Diálogos Latinoamericanos, Modern Fiction Studies, Polish American Studies, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Revista Iberoamericana, Romance Languages Annual, Semiotics, Siglo XX/20th Century, The Polish Review, and Variaciones Borges.

She has been a member of the International Editorial Board of Variaciones Borges since 2006. She is currently working on two books. The first is about the relationship of reality and representation in Jorge Luis Borges in the context of post-analytic philosophy. The second is about Fritz Mauthner’s critique of language, ethnic conflict, and nationalism in the Habsburg Empire. Her academic interests include contemporary Latin America (Southern Cone) literature and culture, German-Latin American relations, philosophy and literature, comparative literature, and literary theory.

Recent Publications

“Borges, Social Order, and Human Action,” Variaciones Borges, in press.
“Argentina’s Attempt to Foster Immigration from Eastern Europe in the 1990s,” in East Central Europe in Exile: Volume 1, Transatlantic Migrations from East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, in press.

Guest editor of the Spring 2012 issue of the journal Polish American Studies, the scholarly journal of the Polish American Historical Association, which focused on the Poles in Latin America.

“Borges y la lírica: poesía sin sujeto” in Alfonso de Toro, ed., Borges poeta (Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010), 225-232.

Bildern zuhören: Warum spielt man nicht Kandinsky oder Miró? Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Repräsentation, Bild und Klang” [Listening to Painting: Why not playing Kandinsky or Miró?  A Reflection on the Relationship between Representation, Image, and Sound]. in Semiotische Weltmodelle. Mediendiskurse in den Kulturwissenschaften. Festschrift für Eckhard Höfner zum 65. Geburtstag, Vol. 8, Hartmut Schröder & Ursula Bock , ed. (Münster: LIT-Verlag, Reihe “Semiotik der Kultur / Semiotics of Culture, 2009), 133-148.

“The Essay as Form: Presentation, Representation, and the Self in Jorge Luis Borges,” Variaciones Borges, Vol. 28 (2009), 127-162.  

“The First Poststructuralist: Gombrowicz’s Debt to Nietzsche,” The Polish Review, Vol. LIV, No. 1 (2009): 87-99.


“Los indiscernibles de Borges y el nacionalismo de derecha en la Argentina,” in Jorge Luis Borges: Políticas de la literatura, Juan Pablo Dabove, ed. (Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana [Serie ACP], 2008), 61-77.

“Polish and Jewish Identities in the Narrative of Ana María Shua,” Polish American Studies, Vol. LXV, No. 2 (Autumn 2008): 53-69.

Recent Presentations

“Ernesto Laclau, Slavoj Žižek y Emilio de Ipola: Tres aproximaciones al populismo" [Ernesto Laclau, Laclau, Slavoj Žižek, and Emilio de Ipola: Three Approaches to Populism] at a conference on “El pueblo y su voz en el espacio cultural europeo” at the University of Cologne in Germany, July 21-31.

“Argentina’s Attempt to Foster Immigration from Eastern Europe in the 1990s” at the “East Central Europe in Exile” Conference in Gdañsk, Poland, May 31-June 3.

“Borges, Social Order, and Human Action” at the Borges Center at the University of Pittsburgh, April 9.
     “Witold Gombrowicz’s Argentine Interlude” at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, January 7.

“Recepción de la cultura española en Nueva York: 1860-1960” (The Reception of Spanish Culture in New York: 1860-1960), “Segundo congreso internacional de literatura española contemporánea” (Second International Conference on Contemporary Spanish Literature), University of La Plata, Argentina, October 3-5.

“Trayectorias y fronteras de Gombrowicz: Del polaco al francés pasando por el español (Gombrowicz's Trajectories and Borders: From Polish to French over Spanish),” Third Conference on “Europa y sus fronteras” (Europe and its Frontiers) sponsored by the Arbeitkreis Spanien–Portugal–Lateinamerika of the University of Köln and held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, March 14-21.

“¿Cómo imagina Hispanoamérica el encuentro entre la cultura europea y la musulmana? Una aproximación al Averroes de Jorge Luis Borges, Second Conference on “Europa y sus fronteras” (Europe and its Frontiers) sponsored by the Arbeitkreis Spanien–Portugal–Lateinamerika of the University of Köln and held in Universidad de Granada, Spain, March 12-23.

“Terrorism, Law, and Power: Heinrich Böll’s and Griselda Gambaro’s Antigone.”   Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies Program and Foreign and Classical Languages and Studies. University of Illinois at Chicago. February 12.