Anna More

E-mail: Phone: 310-825-8109

Anna More (BA, Harvard 1993; PhD UC Berkeley 2003) specializes in the colonial period of the Iberian Americas with a particular focus on baroque aesthetics, historiography, and race in colonial Mexico. Her first book, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, examines the relationships among baroque aesthetics, imperial politics, and the formation of a local archive in colonial Mexico. Through readings of the diverse works of the seventeenth-century creole polymath Carlos de Sigü enza y Góngora, together with a variety of Spanish, creole and indigenous writings, she argues that archival politics provided a new form of regional sovereignty during a period of Spanish imperial decline.

She was the recipient of the 2007-2008 University of California President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities and of a 2007 Fullbright Research and Teaching Fellowship for Brazil for a project on the symbolic place of quilombolas, communities of runaway slaves, in the Brazilian memory of slavery. She is the co-convener, together with Ivonne del Valle (UC Berkeley) of the UC-wide Multicampus Research Group Early Modern Globalization: Iberian Empires/Colonies/Nations.


Prof. More is currently working on a comparative study of economy and excess in texts from and about the seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Spanish and Portuguese empires. She is interested in how economic metaphors enter into a range of texts from the Iberian baroque, particularly through the repeated figures of barbarism and riches. She also continues to work on the formation of archives, historiography and temporality in Mexico and the baroque and neo-baroque as a language of memory in Latin America.


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    Baroque Sovereignty
    Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the Creole Archive of Colonial Mexico
    University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012


“Thinking with the Inquisition: Heretical Science and Popular Knowledge in 17th-Century Mexico.” In Examining Heretical Thought. Ed. by Jose Rabasa and Jesus Rodríguez Velasco. (Collection Under Review)

 “Soberanía y violencia en las representaciones barrocas de la conquista mexicana.” In Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: Nuevos itinerarios. Ed. by Stephanie Kirk. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI).

“Cosmopolitanism and Scientific Reason in New Spain: Sigüenza yGóngora and the Dispute over the 1680 Comet.” In Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800. Ed. by Daniela Bleichmar, Paula De Vos, Kristin Huffine and Kevin Sheehan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. pp. 115-131.

“La patria criolla como jeroglífico secularizado en el Teatro de virtudes.” In Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Homenaje 1700-2000. Vol. II. Edited by Alicia Mayer. Mexico: UNAM. 2002: 47-77.

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