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Lisa Surwillo



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Spanish citizenship
colonial slavery
Spanish theater
19th century

Lisa Surwillo

Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures


Professor Surwillo teaches courses on Iberian literature, with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century. Her research addresses the questions of property, empire, race and personhood as they are manifested by literary works, especially dramatic literature, dealing with colonial slavery, abolition and Spanish citizenship. Surwillo is the author of The Stages of Property: Copyrighting Theatre in Spain (Toronto 2007), an analysis of the development of copyright and authorship in nineteenth-century Spain and the impact of intellectual property on theater. She is also the author of  Monsters by Trade (Stanford 2014), a study of slave traders in Spanish literature and the role of these colonial mediators in the development of modern Spain.


2002: Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Romance Languages and Literatures
1994: B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Spanish and History