María Julia Rossi

María Julia Rossi

María Julia Rossi
Assistant Professor
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PhD. University of Pittsburgh

MA. University of Pittsburgh

BA. Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina

BA. Escuela Nacional de Teatro y Títeres, Rosario, Argentina


María Julia Rossi obtained her BAs at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario and Escuela Nacional de Teatro y Títeres, in Rosario, Argentina, and her PhD and MA at the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral dissertation, “Las dependencias. Figuras del servicio doméstico en la obra de Silvina Ocampo, Elena Garro y Clarice Lispector” explores representations of domestic servants and the emotional economy of relationships in literary works by these Latin American writers. In her work, Maria Julia argues that servant figures, understood as dependents on the surface, hold a surprising “secret power” hidden in their apparent invisibility. From an interdisciplinary approach that includes notions of power, class, gender, race, practices of everyday life, and the distribution of the sensible, she sustains that these authors’ singular literary styles surprisingly converge in their depictions of the weak as potential agents of change.

María Julia is presently working in a new research project, preliminarily titled “The Best of Both Worlds. The Sur Group and the Invention of the ‘Common Reader’ (Argentina, 1930-1955),” in which she studies marginal literary practices embraced by the Sur Group (which included Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Silvina Ocampo, and José Bianco, among others). Translations and other endeavors, such as prologue writing and anthologies editing, actively pursued the aim of building a sentimental education. Their aim, never fully acknowledged, was also to forge the aesthetic sensibility of the newly educated public in order to create an adequate reception for their own literary works. The outcome of their efforts was essential for the invention of the “common reader,” to borrow Woolf’s notion, in the Spanish-speaking world. These still unstudied editorial and literary endeavors are the object of Maria Julia’s current research.



“Silvina Ocampo. La identidad desafiada y los dobleces de la infancia.” Hispamérica. Forthcoming.

“Una poética de la incertidumbre: procedimientos erosivos en tres obras de Elena Garro.” Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica. 62.2 (2014).

“Los que aman, odian: ¿borrador o reescritura?” Revista Iberoamericana 246.80 (2014): 95-110.

“‘Hay un verso que está siempre en mi memoria’: derivas de lectura en las reflexiones de Borges sobre la Divina Commedia.” Variaciones Borges 34 (2012): 67-84.

Book Chapter

“Silvina Ocampo and translation.” Patricia Klingenberg and Fernanda Zullo, ed. Beyond Fantasy. Forthcoming.


Honors and Awards

Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, 2013-14.

Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship 2013-2014, University of Pittsburgh.

Cultural Studies Program Fellowship 2013-2014, University of Pittsburgh (declined).

Field Research Grant. Project "Writing in the Making: The Reconstruction of Silvina Ocampo and Clarice Lispector's Creative Processes.” Center for Latin American Studies. U of Pittsburgh, 2013.

Field Research Grant. Project "Scribbles under the Surface: Latin American Avant Garde in their Drafts and Manuscripts." Center for Latin American Studies. U of Pittsburgh, 2012.

Travel Grant. Project "Interviews to Argentine Writers." International Studies Fund. U of Pittsburgh, 2011.

Travel Grants for Professional Conferences, Graduate and Professional Student Association, U. of Pittsburgh, 2010, 2011.


  • Southern Cone Literature
  • Women Writers
  • Translation Studies
  • Servants in Fiction
  • Genetic Criticism