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Modern Languages and Literatures

Lois Barr

Associate Professor of Spanish, Emerita

Modern Languages and Literatures


Latin American Literature
Latin American Jewish Writers
Modern Spanish Literature


Latin American Women
Contemporary Argentine Culture
Jewish Life in Latin America
Spanish and Latin American Cuisine


PhD University of Kentucky
MA Middlebury College
BS Georgetown University

Courses Taught

Spanish 210-212
Spanish 305 Spanish Civilization
Spanish 312 Oral Proficiency
Spanish 313 Cocina y cultura
Spanish 320 Spanish for International Affairs
Spanish 330 Introduction to Spanish Literature
Spanish 400 Women’s Voices in Latin America
Latin American Studies 400 Ethnic Identities in Latin America


Co-editor: The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America (Garland Press, 1996)

Author: Isaac Unbound: The Patriarchal Traditions in the Latin American Jewish Novel  (Arizona State University Center for Latin American Studies, 1995)


“Der Mantl: Restos de idish en la novela contemporanea argentina,” Proceedings of Recreating Argentine Jewish Culture, Editorial Mila, 2004, Vol. II, pages 20-28.
Encyclopedia article on Isa Kremer for Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia (Shalvi Ltd. Jerusalem, 2002)
Encyclopedia article on Alicia Steimberg for Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

“De Baln Cann  a La bobe:  En busca de una escritura femenina.” In Encuentro y Alteridad: Vida y cultura juda en Amrica Latina edited by Judith Bokser Liwerant and Alicia Gojman de Backal  (Fondo de Cultura Mexicana, 1999) pp.  570-581.
Encyclopedia article on Isa Kremer for Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia edited by Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore (Routledge, 1997)
“Remembering Isa Kremer,”  culturefront, Winter 1997, pp. 156-159
Encyclopedia articles on Gerardo Mario Goloboff, Angelina Muiz-Huberman, Teresa Porzecanski and Alicia Steimberg for A Critical Dictionary of Latin American Jewish Writers edited by Darrell Lockhart (Garland Press, 1996)
“Noah in the Pampas: Goloboff’s Criador de palomas,” in Robert Di Antonio and Nora Glickman Eds., Tradition and Change in  Latin American Jewish Literature, SUNY Press, 1993
“Torquemada, Abraham, and the Dynamics of Faith,” Romance Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 1990, pp. 73-82
“Social Disintegration in Misericordia,” Anales galdosianos,  Vol. 17, 1982, pp. 97-104
“Cuarteles de invierno: the Reign of the Unrighteous”, Revista de Estudios Hispnicos, Vol. 20, No. 3, October, 1985, pp. 49-59

“Voyeurism in Lo prohibido,” Kentucky Romance Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1984, pp. 169-175

Review articles in: Hispamerica, Shofar, Romance Quarterly, Chasqui, NOAJ, Latin American Jewish Studies, Anales Galdosianos, Christian Century

Creative Works

Co-executive producer and director of research for Isa Kremer: The People’s Diva (56 minute documentary video) distributed by Women Make Movies, 2001.

Invited Talks

“The insertion of Yiddish in Contemporary Argentine Fiction,” Latin American Jewish Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, July, 2004

“Desperately Seeking Inscription: Achy Obejas’ Days of Awe,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, November, 2003

“Der Mantl: Restos de Idish en la novelistica argentina,” AMIA Recreando la Cultura Judeoargentina, Buenos Aires, July, 2003

“El idish y el sexo en las novelas de Absatz, Fingueret y Steimberg,” IWO (Jewish Research Organization) Buenos Aires, July, 2003

“De Balun Canan a  La bobe: en busca de la escritura femenina,” Latin American Jewish Studies Conference, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, November, 1995

“Teresa Porzecanski’s Messiahs and Divinities: Overturning Patriarchal Myths,” LAJSA Conference Philadelphia, November, 1993

“Moacyr Scliar’s One-Man Army: The Empty Patriarchal Home,” LAJSA, University of Maryland, October, 1991

“Patriarchal Codes in Criador de palomas,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April, 1990

“Cuarteles de invierno: The Reign of the Unrighteous,” Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literature, February, 1985

“Cadiz: Episodio Nacional and Zarzuela,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April, 1983

“Giganges y cabezudos: Patrotism and the Crisis of ’98,” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, October, 1982

“Memory and Loss in Delibes’ El camino,” Conference on Twentieth Century Literature, Univeristy of Louisville, February, 1981

“Voyeurism in Lo prohibido by Galdos,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, November, 1978

Other Talks

Jewish Writers of Latin America, Spertus College, June, 2003

Isa Kremer: The Making of a Documentary,
Lake Forest College Library, April, 2002

The Inquisition in the Literary Imagination, University of Michigan, Quincentenary Symposium, October, 1992

Alicia Steimberg: Buenos Aires from the Margins,Indiana University, March, 1994

The Inquisition in the Literary Imagination, International Studies Residential College, Northwestern University, November, 1992

Zarzuela y sociedad, Rosary College, 1984

Popular Work

Autumn Sun: The Jewish Community of Argentina, B’nai Tikvah Synagogue, October 2004

The Bombing of the AMIA Center in Buenos Aires, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, September, 1995

Bubbies Latin American Style, Jewish Book Month Lecture Series at Skokie Public Library, December, 1995

Awards and Honors

Faculty Honor Roll at Northwestern University, 1978

Dunn Award for Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest College 2001