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Mary Louise Pratt

Silver Professor; Professor Emerita of Social and Cultural Analysis , Spanish & Portuguese , Comparative Literature

Ph.D. 1975 (Comparative Literature), Stanford; M.A. 1971 (Linguistics), University of Illinois (Urbana); B.A. 1970 (Modern Languages and Literature), Toronto.


President, Modern Language Association, 2003; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2000 – 2001; Investigadora Visitante, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social, Guadalajara, Méxcio, 1998-1999; Honorable Mention, James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association, 1993; Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University, 1992. Guggenheim Fellowship, 1987-1988.

Critical Passions: Collected Essays of Jean Franco, co-edited with Kathleen Newman. Duke UP. 1999.

Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. Routledge. 1992 (reprinted 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000; 2nd edition revised and expanded, 2007).

“Los imaginarios planetarios,”in Mabel Morana and Maria Rosa Williams eds., Los saltos de Minerva: Intelectuales, género y estado en América Latina, Berlin: Vervuert, 2005

“Planetary Longings” in Poethics of Globalisation, eds. Mary Gallagher et al., Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008

“Why the Virgin of Zapopan Went to Los Angeles” in Images of power: iconography, culture and state in Latin America, edited by Jens Andermann and William Rowe. New York: Berghahn Books, 2005.

“The Traffic in Meaning: Translation, Contagion, Infiltration” in Profession, Fall 2002.

“Modernity and Periphery: Towards a Global and Relational Analysis” in Beyond Dichotomies, ed. Elizabeth Mudimbe-Boyi. SUNY UP. 2002.

“I, Rigoberta Menchú and the Culture Wars” in The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy, ed. Arturo Arias. Minnesota UP. 2001.

“La modernidad desde las Américas” in América Latina: Agendas culturales para el nuevo siglo, special issue of Revista Iberoamericana. Oct-Dec 2000.

“Apocalypse in the Andes: Contact Zones and the Struggles for Interpretive Power” in Americas. July 1999.

Updated on 07/16/2015