Martín L. Gaspar

Associate Professor and Chair of Spanish and Co-Director of Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies
Martín L. Gaspar headshot


Phone 610-526-5681
Location Old Library 143



Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
M.A., Northeastern University

Areas of Focus

Latin American intellectual history; 20th and 21st century Latin American fiction and film; translation studies


Martín Gaspar’s research engages a wide range of fields that includes Latin American intellectual history since the 19th Century; modern Latin American fiction and contemporary film; translation studies; visibility in literature and the media; and narrative theory.

He is the author of La condición traductora (Beatriz Viterbo, 2014, second edition 2020), a historical and formal study of the rise of translator-heroes and narrators in Latin American fiction since the 1990s. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Cultural StudiesVariaciones Borges, and Latin American Literary Review, among others. He has also contributed chapters to volumes dedicated to translation, among them Translation and World Literature (Routledge, 2018), Voces en off. Traducción y literatura latinoamericana (Uniandes 2018) and the Routledge Handbook of Latin American Literary Translation Studies (Routledge, 2023). Beyond his research, he has co-authored the literary anthology Letras de hispanoamérica and the textbook IntrigasAdvanced Spanish Through Literature and Film.

Among his current projects are the coedited volume Latin American Literature and Culture in Translation (Bloomsbury Academic), and a set of articles on functions of anonymity in Latin American art, fiction, theatre, and film.

He has taught graduate seminars at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) and at the Summer Language Institute for Spanish Teachers in Guanajuato, Mexico. At Bryn Mawr, he teaches courses on literature of the Americas and Latin American literature, film, translation, art, and cultural studies.


La condición traductora (Beatriz Viterbo, 2014) book cover