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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. Her forthcoming book Monsters by Trade (Stanford 2014) is 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


ILAC 120 Advanced Critical Reading in Spanish

Research and writing in the humanities; focus is on culture, literature, and society of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will learn how to conduct research online and in the library while developing archive skills. Emphasis is on skill-building while exploring topics of interest to each student from various historical periods and global locations. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPANLANG 13 or equivalent. Meets Writing-in-the-Major requirement.

ILAC 309 First Year Writing Workshop

This course enables students to develop the writing skills necessary in their academic careers. Course topics include writing in the discipline, critiques, and literature reviews.

ILAC 157 Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures

Survey of literature in Spanish from the early modern period. Course will draw on transatlantic literature. Taught in Spanish; prerequisite: SPANLANG 13 or equivalent.

ILAC 333 Spain and the Transatlantic

Course will address a variety of literary works from the 19th century to today, current debates on transatlantic studies, review of recent scholarship, and history. Taught in Spanish.