Dr María Del Pilar Blanco

University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Spanish American Literature

Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Trinity College and Associate Lecturer in Spanish, Worcester College



My current book project, Modernist Laboratories, explores the intersections between literary and scientific innovation in Spanish America between 1870 and 1910, particularly Mexico, Cuba and Argentina. This project has led me to explore early examples of popular science publishing in Spanish America, which reveal the correlations between scientific modernization and nation-building projects. My previous work, which has resulted, among other pieces, in a monograph (Ghost-Watching American Modernity, 2012) and two volumes co-edited with Esther Peeren (The Spectralities Reader from 2013 and Popular Ghosts, 2010) explores narratives of haunting as responses to different processes of modernization in the American hemisphere and beyond.


I have supervised doctoral students working on a range on topics related to Latin American and, more widely, hemispheric American literature and culture, and haunting/the ghostly. I welcome students who are interested in studying topics related to literature and science; spectrality; landscape; intellectual history in Latin America and beyond. I’m very interested in supervising comparative projects that explore transnational literary and intellectual exchanges in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Recent Publications


Blanco, María del Pilar and Esther Peeren, eds. The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory. New York: Bloomsbury/Continuum, 2013.

“Mexico’s La Ilustración Espírita: Toward a Transatlantic Understanding of a Spiritualist Archive,” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures, edited by Sally Munt and Olu Jenzen. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.

“Reading the Novum World: The Literary Geography of Science Fiction in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Peter Hulme, Cristina Fumagalli, Owen Robinson, Lesley Wylie (eds.), Surveying the American Tropics (Liverpool University Press, 2003).

“ ‘Palabras de la ciencia’: Pedro Castera and Scientific Writing in Mexico’s Fin de Siècle,” Science and Education (September 2012) [DOI 10.1007/s11191-012-9514-0]

Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Blanco, María del Pilar and Esther Peeren, eds. Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. New York: Continuum, 2010. (Winner of the Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection, PCA/ACA, 2010)


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