An essayist, cultural critic, and translator, Professor Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College-Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. A native of Mexico, he received his Doctorate in Latin American Literature from Columbia University.
Prof. Stavans’ books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), and Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010). His book Resurrecting Hebrew, published in Schocken’s Jewish Encounters series in 2008, is a personal memoir alongside a history of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the remarkable revival of Hebrew in the early 20th century. Recently, Stavans translated Pablo Neruda’s All the Odes (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013), and authored Return to Centro Histórico: A Mexican Jew Looks for His Roots (Rutgers, 2012), the graphic novel El Iluminado (Basic, 2012, with Steve Sheinkin), and the children’s book Golemito (New South).
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