Sara Castro-Klaren

Professor of Spanish

Gilman 492
Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon; and by appointment
Curriculum Vitae


Sara Castro-Klaren’s fields of specialization are the modern Latin American novel, literary and cultural theory, and colonial studies. She received her PhD in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1968. She taught at Dartmouth College (1970–83) and chaired the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (1979–82). She was the chief of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress for three years and joined the Hopkins faculty in the spring of 1987.

In 1988, she co-founded the Program in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins. She has been the director of the program two times since its inception. From 2007–09, she was chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine.

Professor Castro-Klaren has been the recipient of several teaching awards. The Foreign Service Institute conferred upon her the title of "Distinguished Visiting Lecturer" in 1993. She was appointed to the Fulbright Board of Directors by President Clinton in 1999. She has been and is a member of many of the editorial boards of professional journals and associations. Most recently, she has been a member of the Kluge Board at the Library of Congress.

Sara Castro-Klaren’s research and publications have been sustained by a combined interest in anthropology, literature, and theory. Her publications include El mundo magico de Jose Maria Arguedas (1973), Understanding Mario Vargas Llosa (1990) and Escritura, Sujeto y transgresion en la Literature latinoamericana (l989), along with Latin American Women Writers (1991), ed. with Sylvia Molloy and Beatriz Sarlo; Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing in the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (2003), ed. with John Chasteen.

She is the editor of the Blackwell Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture (2008). She has published many chapters in collections dealing with her current book project on subaltern subjects, especially the cultural projects of Guaman Poma, Garcilaso de la Vega Inca, and Jose Carlos Mariategui. These collected essays will soon appear in book form. She is also finishing another book on the representation of cannibalism within the coordinates of empire. She is one of the editors of Modern Language Notes. Her most recent book is The Narrow Pass of Our Nerves: Writing, Coloniality and Postcolonial Theory (Vervuert, 2011).