Edna Aizenberg

Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies

Dr. Edna Aizenberg (PhD, Columbia University) is Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, where she chaired the Department of Spanish. She began her academic career at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, and was a founder of the U.C.V’s School of Modern Languages. A world-renowned scholar of Borges, her book The Aleph Weaver (1984), initiated the study of the Shoah, politics and “reality” in Borges’s work. Its Spanish translation, El tejedor del Aleph: biblia, kábala y judaísmo en Borges (1986) won the Fernando Jeno Prize (Mexico, 1997) She published a second, expanded edition Borges, el tejedor del Aleph y otros ensayos in 1997, the essay collection, Borges and His Successors (1990), and Books and Bombs in Buenos Aires: Borges, Gerchunoff and Argentine-Jewish Literature (2002; paperback ed. 2004.) Her book, At the Edge of the Holocaust: The Shoah in Latin American Literature and Culture has just appeared from the University of New England Press.



Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies


English and World Literatures


Recent Work

Dr. Aizenberg’s essays have appeared in numerous publications and collections, and been reprinted in edited volumes and on the Web, including, Variaciones Borges, PMLAWorld Literature TodayFilologíaMortality, Iberoamericana, Okike, Romance Notes, Hispania, Research in African LiteraturesThe Chronicle of Higher EducationProoftexts, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature to 1960, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Rethinking Jewish-Latin Americans, and Borges: Políticas de la literatura.

Professional Experience

Dr. Aizenberg is a member of the editorial boards of Variaciones Borges and EIAL, and has served as an evaluator/ consultant for the Modern Language Association, MacArthur Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Israel Science Foundation.  She is a recipient of numerous grants, among them from the N.E.H., the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Lucius. Littauer Foundation.


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