Sergio Waisman

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Sergio Waisman

Professor of Spanish and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-6935
Fax: 202-994-9126

Sergio Waisman is Professor of Spanish and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he has been teaching since 2003. He is also Affiliated Faculty of Judaic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley (2000), and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1995).

Prof. Waisman's book Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery was published in the US by Bucknell and in Argentina by Adriana Hidalgo (both in 2005). Sergio Waisman has translated six books of Latin American literature, including The Absent City by Ricardo Piglia (Duke Univ. Press), for which he received an NEA Translation Fellowship Award in 2000. His first novel, Leaving, was published in the U.S. in 2004 (Intelibooks), and in 2010 as Irse in Argentina (bajo la luna). His latest translations are The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela (2008, Penguin Classics) and An Anthology of Spanish-American Modernismo (2007, MLA, with Kelly Washbourne).

Latin American literature and culture; translation; and literary theory

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

SPAN 3600 Special Topics in Spanish Literature

  • Literary Universes of J.L. Borges
  • Twentieth-Century Argentine Literature

SPAN 4600 Special Topics in Spanish Literature

  • English - Spanish Literary Translation
  • Jewish Latin American Literature

SPAN 4560 Modern Spanish-American Poetry

SPAN 3410 Spanish-American Short Fiction

SPAN 4410 New Narrative in Spanish America

SPAN 0801 Dean's Seminar: Literature, Dictatorship & Transition in South America