Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 513
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6330
Fax: (202) 994-9126

Sergio Waisman

Sergio Waisman

Title — Chair of RGSLL, Professor of Spanish and International Affairs, Affiliated Faculty of Judaic Studies

Office — PHIL 513J, Office Hours:

Phone — 202-994-6330

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Prof. Waisman received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (2000), and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1995). His areas of research and teaching include Latin American literature, literary theory and translation, comparative literature, and Jewish-Latin American literature. His book Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery was published in English 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 (Penguin Classics) and An Anthology of Spanish-American Modernismo (MLA, with Kelly Washbourne).  S. Waisman's Website


Irse, 2010

The Underdogs, 2008

An Anthology of Spanish-American Modernismo, 2007

Borges and Translation, 2005

Borges y la traducción, 2005

Leaving, 2004 

The Absent City, 2000

Classes Taught

Spring 2014 Courses: SPAN3600