Romance Languages and Literatures

Larissa Brewer-García

Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature
(On leave 2019-20)


Classics 119

Phone Number: 




PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2013

MA, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

BA (cum laude), Columbia University, 2005

Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Larissa Brewer-García specializes in colonial Latin American studies, with a focus on cultural productions of the Caribbean, the Andes, and the African diaspora. Within these areas, her interests include gender studies, literature and law, genealogies of race and racism, humanism and Catholicism, and translation studies. She is also a co-founder, with Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Cécile Fromont, of the Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture (now a joint project with the University of Chicago and Yale University). Her first book, Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada (Cambridge University Press, in press), examines the influence of black interpreters and spiritual intermediaries in the creation and circulation of notions of blackness in writings from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish America. Her next book project “Salvation, Reconsidered: Black Freedom in Colonial Spanish America” explores early critiques of black slavery in the Spanish Empire.



  • “Hierarchy and Holiness in the Earliest Colonial Black Hagiographies: Alonso de Sandoval and his Sources.” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, 76, no. 3 (July 2019): 477-508.
  • “Imagined Transformations: Color, Beauty, and Black Christian Conversion in Seventeenth-Century Spanish America.” In Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 111-144.
  • With Barbara Fuchs and Aaron Ilika. “The Abencerraje” and “Ozmin and Daraja”: Two Sixteenth-Century Novellas from Spain. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
  • “Bodies, Texts, and Translators: Indigenous Breast Milk and the Jesuit Exclusion of Mestizos in Late Sixteenth-Century Peru.” Colonial Latin American Review 21.3, December 2012.
  • “Negro, pero blanco de alma: La negrura ambivalente en la Vida prodigiosa de Fray Martín de Porras.” Cuadernos del Centro Interdisciplinario de Literatura Hispanoamericana, November 2012.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Textos hispanoamericanos: La conquista hasta la independencia
  • Unsettling Encounters: Colonial Latin America in Film
  • Brujas, santas y pecadoras: Escritura de mujeres, siglos XVI-XVII
  • Latin American Civilization II
  • Western Mediterranean Civilization II
  • Readings in World Literature: Autobiography
  • Human Being and Citizen

Graduate Courses

  • Empire, Slavery, and Salvation: Writing Difference in the Early Modern Atlantic
  • La traducción y la piratería en el mundo colonial
  • Brujas, santas y pecadoras: Escritura de mujeres, siglos XVI-XVII