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Sibylle M. Fischer, Associate Professor of Literature and Romance Studies; Spanish

Sibylle M. Fischer

Please note: Sibylle has left the "Romance Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  01C Art Museum
Office Phone:  919-684-4654
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Leave 2003-2004

PhDColumbia University1995
MAFreie Universität Berlin1987

Research Interests:

Latin American and Caribbean literatures, literatures and cultures of the 19th century, literature and national independence literature, literacy and orality, literatures of the Americas, transnational culture, the cultures of abolitionism and slave resistance, the Black Atlantic, the Haitian Revolution, literature and dictatorship, cultural, aesthetic, and political theory

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. S.M. Fischer, Unthinkable History? Some Reflections on the Haitian Revolution, Historiography, and Modernity on the Periphery, in The Blackwell Companion to African American Studies, vol. 2, edited by Lewis Gordon and Jane Gordon (forthcoming)
  2. Das Bild Lateinamerikas im deutschen Sprachraum. Revista Hispánica Moderna, edited by Gustav Siebenmann and Hans-Joachim König (2004)
  3. S.M. Fischer, The Ascetic Imagination (2004)
  4. S.M. Fischer, Fantasies of Absolute Power (2004)
  5. S.M. Fischer, Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (2004), Duke University Press
Conferences Organized

  • 1898: 1998 Representations of the "Spanish American War", Member of the organizing committee, 1999  
Sibylle Fischer (Ph.D. Columbia) is Associate Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and is affiliated with African-American Studies, Women Studies, and German Studies. Her work is situated at the intersections between literature, history, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is the author of "Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution" (Duke UP, 2004) and the editor of a new translation of "Cecilia Valdés" (Oxford UP, 2004). She has written numerous articles on Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the 20th century.

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