Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Lily Litvak


Professor Emeritus

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Literary scholar, mentor, visual arts curator and critic, and professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.  A 1982 Guggenheim Fellow and a current Member of the Cordoba Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Noble Sciences, she is the author of hundreds of articles, reviews, and books.  A specialist in fin de siècle cultures throughout the Ibero-American world, Litvak has explored the intersections between the poetics of modernismo, the intellectual legacies of the Generación del '98, the artistic manifestations of the Spanish anarchist movement, and the impact of new technologies, landscapes, and cityscapes on visual and literary expression in Spain and the Americas from the 1800s onwards.  Among her many book, collections, and anthologies are:  A Dream of Arcadia:  Anti-industrialism in Spanish Literature, 1895-1905 (1975); El modernismo (1975); Erotismo/Fin de siglo (1979); Musa libertaria:  arte, literatura y vida cultural del anarquismo español (1981); El cuento anarquista (1982);  El jardín de Aláh:  temas del exotismo musulmán en España (1985); Viaje al interior de Persia : el itinerario de Rivadeneyra, 1874-75 (1987); La mirada roja : estética y arte del anarquismo español (1988); España 1900:  modernismo, anarquismo y fin de siglo (1990); El tiempo de los trenes:  el paisaje español en el arte y la literatura del realismo (1991); Imágenes y textos : estudios sobre literatura y pintura 1849-1936 (1998); La voz del mar (2000); Geografías mágicas:  viajeros españoles del siglo XIX por países exóticos (2013); and Metropolis. Espacio Urbano. Modernidad y conflicto en la literature de España y Latinoamerica (co-edited with Médar Serrata, 2015). She has curated several exhibitions of Spanish painting: Jardines de España (Madrid 1999), ¡A la playa!  (Madrid 2001), Julio Romero de Torres (Bilbao 2002), and Luz de gas: la noche y sus fantasmas en la pintura española (Madrid 2005). Two articles based on her latest research on Moorish architecture in the United States are due to appear in Alhambras americanas (Granada) and Revista Arte y Ciudad  (Madrid).

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