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Silvia Berger
Lecturer in Spanish & Portugese

email Send E–mail office Office: Neilson 4/03
Hours: F 11:00-1:00
phone Phone: 585–3517


Professor Siliva Berger was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied music and literature. Upon arriving in the United States in 1989, she attended the University of Massachusetts, where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish language and Latin American literatures, specializing in Latin American Jewish literatures.

She has taught at Smith since 1993. Her course offerings include Life Stories by Latin American Jewish writers, Surveys on Latin American Literature from the Colonial period to the present, Intensive Writing/Advanced Composition, and Latin American Social and Political Issues in Literature and Film.

As an outcome of Professor Berger’s scholarly interests in issues of memory and literature, her book on autobiographical writings from Latin America, Cuatro textos autobiográficos latinoamericanos (Four Latin American Autobiographical Texts), was published in 2004 by Peter Lang Publishing Co.

Her most recent work on collective and collected memory, about both the Holocaust Museum and the Memorial Park in Buenos Aires, focuses on the relationship between memory and its representations in urban architecture and art.