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1988-1991 — Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Cologne, Germany. Minors: German, French. Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations passed with Highest Distinction, Summa cum laude. 1986-1988 — University of Bonn, Germany. Major: German; Minor: Spanish. 1986 — University of Vienna, Austria. Major: German. 1976-1983 — M.A. in Spanish. University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina.



Silvia G. Dapía is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2010 she is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at John Jay College. She studied at the Universidad de La Plata, Argentina, where she graduated with a degree in Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the Universität zu Köln, Germany. Her areas of specialization include Latin American, German, and French literatures and cultures. She is the author of Die Rezeption der Sprachkritik Fritz Mauthners im Werk von Jorge Luis Borges (1993) and of numerous articles on Latin American literature, semiotics and comparative literature appearing in scholarly journals such as Chasqui, Diálogos Latinoamericanos, Modern Fiction Studies, Polish American Studies, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Revista Iberoamericana, Romance Languages Annual, Semiotics, Siglo XX/20th Century, The Polish Review, and Variaciones Borges. She has been a member of the International Editorial Board of Variaciones Borges since 2006. She served as guest editor for a special issue on “Poles in Latin America” for the scholarly journal Polish American Studies, Spring 2012, and for a special issue on Witold Gombrowicz for the scholarly journal The Polish Review, Spring 2015. Her manuscript on Post-Analytic Short Stories: Representation in Jorge Luis Borges’s Work is under editorial consideration (Routledge). She is currently working on a book on the philosophy of León Rozitchner.


Scholarly Work

Guest editor of the Spring issue of the journal The Polish Review, the scholarly journal of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences, which focused on Witold Gombrowicz. (2015).

Guest editor of the Spring 2014 Dossier “Sexualidades e identidades disidentes en América Latina: Desde el virreinato hasta nuestros días” [Sexualities and Disident Identities in Latin America: From the Viceroyalty to Today] of the journal Katatay 9.11/12 (2014).

“’Living in Another Language’: Witold Gombrowicz’s Argentinean Experience,” Polish American Studies 71.2 (2014): 79-89.

“Borges, Social Order, and Human Action,” Variaciones Borges, Vol. 36 (2013): 125-153.

Guest editor of the Spring issue of the journal Polish American Studies, the scholarly journal of the Polish American Historical Association, which focused on the Poles in Latin America. (2012).