Barbara Fuchs

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E-mail: Phone: 310-206-6280 Office: Rolfe 5320

Joint Appointment, Department of English

Trained as a comparatist (English, Spanish, French, Italian), Prof. Fuchs works on European cultural production from the late fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, with a special emphasis on literature and empire, and on theater and performance in transnational contexts. She directs the UCLA Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance and its “Diversifying the Classics” initiative (, and edits the series “The Comedia in Translation and Performance” for Juan de la Cuesta. Before UCLA, Professor Fuchs taught at the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. During 2006-2007, she held a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on “Moorishness” and the conflictive construction of Spain (Exotic Nation, Penn Press 2009). She is also one of the editors for the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012, 2018). Her recent books include The Poetics of Piracy (Penn Press 2013), a study of the occlusion of Spain in English literary history; The Golden Age of Spanish Drama (with Gregary Racz, Norton Critical Editions, 2018), an anthology with criticism and contexual materials; and 90 Monologues from Classical Spanish Theater (with Jennifer Monti and Laura Muñoz, Juan de la Cuesta, 2018), a bilingual anthology of monologues for actors. Current projects include a study on the picaresque and the limits of Spain, and a translation and critical edition of Ginés Pérez de Hita’s Las guerras civiles de Granada, with Payton Phillips Quintanilla. Professor Fuchs is a past editor of Hispanic Reviewand a member of UCLA’s Department of English.


  • Ph.D. (1997) Comparative Literature, Stanford University
  • B.A./M.A. (1992) Comparative Literature (English, French, Spanish) (summa cum laude), Yale University


  • Early Modern Spanish and English literature
  • Mediterranean and transatlantic studies
  • Literature and empire
  • Transnationalism and literary history
  • Race and religion in the early modern world
  • Translation and performance



  • “Crusoe’s Absence,” forthcoming, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture.
  • “Black Faces, White Hands: La celosa de si misma and the Negotiation of Race,” Modern Languages Notes, 133.2 (March 2018): 242-256.
  • “Ruinations: Petrach in Rome, Navagero in Granada,” in Al-Andalus y la indetidad española, eds. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña and Jesús Torrecilla, eHumanista 37, Fall 2017.
  • “Diversifying the Classics: Adapting Hispanic Classical Theater to Contemporary Los Angeles,” Comedia Performance, 2017.
  • “Suspended Judgments: Scepticism and the Pact of Fictionality in Cervantes’s Picaresque Novellas,” MLQ 76.4 (December 2015): 447-463.
  • “Another Turn for Transnationalism: Empire, Nation, and Imperium in Early Modern Studies,” PMLA 130.2 (March 2015): 412-418.
  • “Ventriloquist Theater and the Omniscient Narrator: Gatz and El pasado es un animal grotesco,” Modern Drama 57.2 (Summer 2014): 165-186.
  • “No Field is an Island: Postcolonial and Transnational Approaches to Early Modern Drama,” What Is Renaissance Drama?, ed. Jeffrey Masten and William N. West, Renaissance Drama, New Series 40 (2012): 125-133.
  • “Golden Ages and Golden Hinds, or, Periodizing Spain and England,” PMLA, March 2012.
  • “Dismantling Heroism: the Exhaustion of War in Don Quijote,” PMLA 124.5(October 2009):1842-46.