Soledad Fox

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V-Nee Yeh '81 Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Stetson Hall Rm 509
At Williams since 2001

Director of the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 2013-2014; Fall 2018

Visiting Professor, Brown University CASA Program in Barcelona, Spring 2020

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B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
M.A. City University of New York, Comparative Literature
Ph.D. City University of New York, Comparative Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Exile
  • Spain-US relations
  • Modern peninsular literature and culture
  • Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Film History
  • Spanish Art History
  • Sephardic and contemporary Hispano-Judaic studies


RLSP 208

The Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film (not offered 2021/22)

RLSP 402

Senior Seminar Madrid: 1939-2004 (not offered 2021/22)

Scholarship/Creative Work

October 13, 2020 in Lit Hub:

Americans Abroad in Literature: A Passport to Reading


“Letter from Madrid: Today They Let the Children Out”. Featured blog entry,  Oxford Center for Life-Writing, April 26, 2020:
Jorge Semprún Film Series, The Film Forum, New York. October 3-11, 2018
Programming Consultant, Subtitle Editor for Les deux mémoires. Presenter of Les deux mémoires and La guerre est finie


Book coverExile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún. Biography of Jorge Semprún (US edition). Arcade. 2018.

ConnieConnie (new Spanish edition of the biography of Constancia de la Mora). Editorial Renacimiento, Sevilla. 2017.

Selected Reviews and Press Coverage

Selected Reviews and Press Coverage

English Radio Interview on Radio Exterior de España about Constancia de la Mora: A Spanish Woman in Love and War.
Lecture on Constancia de la Mora: Vida y olvido de una mujer española. Hosted by the Círculo Orellana series “Mujeres por descubrir” and the Instituto Cervantes.

Jorge Semprún [Ida y vuelta : la vida de Jorge Semprún] L'écriture et la vieJorge Semprún: L’écriture et la vie, Paris: Flammarion, Grandes Biographies, 2017. 

Ida y vuelta. La vida de Jorge SemprúnIda y vuelta: la vida de Jorge Semprún. Debate, Penguin Random House. 2016. Spain and Latin America. vuelta-la- vida-de-jorge- semprun/ES0114680

Flaubert and Don Quijote: The Influence of Cervantes on Madame Bovary, Sussex Academic Press, 2008.  Spanish edition forthcoming with Editorial Renacimiento, 2017.

Constancia de la Mora: Esplendor y sombra de una vida española del siglo xx. Editorial Renacimiento, 2008.

Constancia de la Mora in War and Exile: International Voice for the Spanish Republic. Sussex Academic Press, 2006.


“Madrid Again” on Global Nomad Hacks, hosted by Dr. Heidi Forbes, May 15, 2020
Season 1, Episode 11: Soledad Maura: Madrid Again
On ApplePodcasts
On Spotify: spotify:episode:5Rn8Pv9ajnEHBlIuABNbaB
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Radio, film and print interviews

On Constancia de la Mora

On Jorge Semprún



“Jorge Semprún and the Holocaust” in Spain, the Holocaust and World War II, edited by Sara Brenneis and Gina Herrmann. Toronto: Toronto University Press. (2019)

“Constancia de la Mora. Vida y olvido de una mujer española” in Mujeres de la República, Lidia Falcón O’Neill, ed. Madrid: Vindicación Feminista. (2018)

“Women in Postwar Spain”: Usos Amorosos and Entre Visillos” in Approaches to Teaching Carmen Martín Gaite edited by Joan L. Brown. New York: MLA Approaches to Teaching Series. (2011)

“Misión imposible: La embajada en Washington de Fernando de los Ríos
1936-1939” in Al servicio de la República: Diplomáticos Republicanos. Edited by Angel Viñas. Marcial Pons (2010)

“España Libre: Writing for a Free Spain” in El exilio español en Estados Unidos. Edited by Sebastiaan Faber and Cristina Martínez-Carazo. Editorial Palas Atenea. (2010)

“The Picaresque in 20th Century Spanish Women’s Fiction” in Approaches to Teaching Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque Tradition edited by Anne J. Cruz. New York: MLA Approaches to Teaching Series. (2010)

“Franco’s Mass Graves and the History of Forgetting”. Introductory essay in Unearthing Franco’s Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recuperation of Historical Memory in Spain. Edited by Carlos Jerez Ferrán and Samuel Amago. Notre Dame University Press. (2010)

“Madrid en la memoria: La ciudad vista desde el exilio” in Madrid en la literatura española, iberoamericana e universal. Madrid: Asociación Hipánica de Humanidades & Caja Madrid.”(2006)



“Destino: Exilio. Fernando de los Ríos en EEUU”. Revista Segle XX. (2012)

“El largo exilio de Jan Kurzke”. Actas del Congreso de la XII Semana de Estudios Germánicos. Publicaciones de la Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. (2007)

“The Good Comrade: Memorias de la XI Brigada”. Actas del Congreso Internacional Las Brigadas Internacionales: 70 años de memoria histórica. Publicaciones de la Unversidad de Salamanca. (2007)

Análisis de Para una crítica de la violencia de Walter Benjamin. Cultura Moderna. (Editorial Doble J, Sevilla). N.3. (2006)

Flaubert, Don Quijote, and the Art of Imitation. The New England Review Volume 27, Number 4. (2006)

“Memory and History: The Autobiographies of Constancia de la Mora and María Teresa León” in Moenia: Revista de Linguística y Literatura. Volume 9. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. (2005)

“Exile and Return: The Many Madrids of Jorge Semprun” in Ciberletras: Revista de Critica Literaria y de Cultura. December, 2003.



“The Elusive Subject: Biography and Exile”, Research Seminar, Oxford Center for Life-Writing: May, 26, 2020

Book Presentation of Cantos Rodados (Editorial Renacimiento) by Pilar Rius. Sponsored by the Casa de México en España and the Centro de Estudios Mexicanos de la UNAM en España. Casa de México. October, 2019.

Talk on María Luisa Elío, Roundtable with Laura García Lorca and Andrea Aguilar on “Children of Spanish Exiles in Mexico and The US”. Academic Cycle, Unamuno Author Series 2019. La Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, May, 2019.

Lecture on Biography & Jorge Semprún, Colgate University, April 8, 2019.

Presentation of Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy with Professor Vincent Crapanzano, Journalist Jane Kramer, and Editor Jeannette Seaver at Albertine Bookshop (part of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy), New York. February, 2019.

Talk on Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University. February, 2019.

Presentations and signings of Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy at The Lenox Bookstore (July, Lenox, MA), The Williams Bookstore ( September, Williamstown, MA), Northshire Bookstore (October, Manchester, VT). 2018.

“The Art of Biography” at the Centro Internacional de Estudios Antonio Machado, Fundación Duques de Soria, Soria, Spain. July, 2018.

Laudatio for Masha Gessen, XVI Journalism Prize, The Fundación Diario Madrid, June, 2018.

Presentation of Connie at the Instituto Cervantes (Madrid). Event hosted and organized by the Círculo Orellana within their cycle “Españolas por descubrir” (“Unknown Spanish Women”). January, 2018.

Presentation of Ida y vuelta: La vida de Jorge Semprún at the Americas Society (New York) with the Spanish Consul for Culture. October, 2017.

Member of roundtable presented by Professor Robert Véguez with Laura García Lorca, Samuel Guarnaccia, Tana Centeno, and Professor Juan Camacho. Middlebury Spanish School Centennial, Middlebury College. July 18, 2017.

“Connie”, presented with Carmen García de la Cueva, Libreria Nakama, Madrid. June, 2017

Tuesday Tea book presentation of Jorge Semprún: The Spaniard who Survived the Nazis and Conquered Paris, Williams College, April 2017.

“Dangerous Liaisons: Franco Spain and Nazi Germany’s Friendly Telegrams”, real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University, April 2017

Jorge Semprún: L’écriture et la vie: Paris: Flammarion, Grandes Biographies, 2017. Presented with Juan Manuel Bonet and Georges-Henri Soutou, L’institut Cervantes, Paris. January, 2017.

“Jorge Semprún: Biography of an autobiographer”, Department of Hispanic Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin. October, 2016.

“Women in the Spanish Civil War”, Commemorative Lecture Series, 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland. Dublin. October, 2016.

“Jorge Semprún and the Prado Museum”, Talk for Clark Members. New York, October 2016.

Presentations of Ida y vuelta: la vida de Jorge Semprún. Debate, Penguin Random House. 2016.

Fundacíón Giner de los Ríos with Felipe González, Miguel Aguilar, and Claudio Aranzadi. Madrid, May, 2016.

Casa Sefarad Israel with Andrea Aguilar and Joaquín Almunia. Madrid, June, 2016.

La Central, with Pere Portabella, Manel Manchón, and Albert Solé. Barcelona, July, 2016.

“Biography and its Discontents”, Williams College Faculty Lecture Series, 2015.

“Entre la mesa camilla y los visillos: espacios femeninos en la obra de Carmen Martín Gaite, Congreso Internacional: Un lugar llamado Carmen Martín Gaite, Instituto Internacional (2013)

“Businessmen, Movie Stars, Soldiers & Spies: Americans in Spain 1936-1975“, International Studies Colloquium, Williams College. (2012)

“Spain & the United States: A Comparative View”“Education and Innovation” Synonyms for Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity .USA-EUROPEAN FORUM: LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE New York University and The Fundación Euroamérica, New York (2010)

2 Series of Lectures on Literature
– Novela, Memoria e Identidad
– Mujer y Sociedad: 100 años en la literature anglosajona
International Institute, Madrid (2008-2010)

Fernando de los Ríos: la embajada republicana en Washington 1936-1939
Homenaje a los diplomaticos republicanos, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (Organized by Angel Viñas)
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Madrid (2010)

Cervantes y Flaubert” in Coloquio Cervantino (with Francisco Layna and Fernando Plata). Instituto Internacional, Madrid (2009)

Address on behalf of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives at the dedication of a plaque to honor the British, Canadian, and American Battalions in the Spanish Civil War. Organized by the Asociación de Descendientes del Exilio. Cementerio de Fuencarral, Madrid. (2009)

La defensa de la República en Estados Unidos”. Seminar (with Julián Casanova) on the Spanish Republic. Instituto de Historia. Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. (2009)

Miradas Opuestas: La Casa Blanca y la opinion pública norteamericana ante la Guerra de España”. Symposium (with Antonio Elorza, Angel Viñas, Julio Aróstegui, Ricardo Miralles, Mirta Nuñez Díaz-Balart) on “70 años del fin de la Guerra Civil: Un balance histórico”. Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología. Universidad Complutense Madrid. (2009)

Book presentation with Alfonso Guerra and Abelardo Linares of Constancia de la Mora: Esplendor y sombra de una vida española del siglo xx (Espuela de Plata-Editorial Renacimiento). Feria del Libro, Madrid. (2008)

The War of a Spanish Woman: Constancia de la Mora
Université Paris 8- Saint Denis (2008)

African Americans in the Spanish Civil War
Bard College (2008)
American Writers: From the Spanish Civil War to the Blacklist”. St. Louis University, Madrid (2007)

Book Presentation with Gina Herrmann of Constancia de la Mora in War and Exile in the symposium “Memory Wars: Recent Work on the Spanish Civil War”. Juan Carlos I Center, New York University. (2007)

Book Presentation with Anthony Geist of Constancia de la Mora in War and Exile. The International Institute, Madrid (2007)

Flaubert’s Readings of Don Quijote
Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. (2005)

Three part series on women writers (Mary Mccarthy, Irene Zoe Alameda, and Constancia de la Mora). The International Institute. Madrid, Spain. (2005)

Don Quijote, Flaubert, and the Art of the Novel
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (2005)

From Debutante to Militant: How Constancia de la Mora Became the Voice of the Spanish Republic.” (Organized by Paul Preston) Cañada Blanch Center for Contemporary Spanish Studies, London School of Economics. (2005)

The Jews of Spain”, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington, MA (2003)


Conferences, Seminars, & Panels

“Erased in Spanish, Bestsellers in English” for conference session”Translation and Cultural Mediation: New Critical Approaches to Women Intellectuals and Early 20th Century Spain”, American Comparative Literature Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, Chicago. April, 2021.

“Voz de nadie: El exilio de María Luisa Elío.” Congreso Internacional “Yo no invento nada” El exilio republicano de 1939 como tema en la literatura y el cine. Saint Louis University, Madrid campus. 2019.

“Jorge Semprún: El arte de la autobiografía.” Congreso Internacional: Epistolarios, memorias, y diarios en la cultura Española del medio siglo. Historia e intimidad. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid. 2016.

“Querido Dos: Letters from the family of José Robles to John Dos Passos.” Second Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference. Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid. 2016.

“Entre la mesa camilla y los visillos: espacios femeninos en la obra de Carmen Martín Gaite,” Congreso Internacional: Un lugar llamado Carmen Martín Gaite, Instituto Internacional (2013)

Lecciones y Maestros
Fundación Santillana, Santillana del Mar (2009)

Organizer & Participant, semester-long interdisciplinary seminar on Exile. The Oakley Center, Williams College (2008)

Organizer & Moderator of inaugural panel for exhibit They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Drawings from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo
Panelists: Anthony L. Geist (University of Washington, Seattle), Marysa Navarro (Dartmouth College), Dr.Simon Bennett and Dr. Roberta Apfel (Harvard Medical School). Williams College (April) (2007)

El largo exilio del brigadista alemán Jan Kurzke
XII Semana de Estudios Germánicos, Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (2007)

Memories of the XI Brigade: The Good Comrade
Congreso Internacional: Las Brigadas Internacionales, Setenta años de memoria histórica. Universidad de Salamanca. (2006)

The Voice of Spain: Constancia de la Mora in New York (1939)
War Without Limits: Spain 1936 and Beyond. Sponsored by the University of Bristol and The Group for War and Culture Studies. (2006)

El arte de la censura: Cine y doblaje bajo el franquismo”. IV International Congress. El español: Baluarte del humanismo. Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. (2006)

La ciudad pensada desde el exilio: Madrid, capital de la memoria”. III International Congress. Madrid in Spanish, Latin American and World Literature, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. Madrid, Spain. (2004)

Exile, Memory and Art: Paintings of the Museo del Prado in the work of Jorge Semprún” XXIV Congreso de Literatura Española y Latinoamericana: La relación de la literature con las otras artes, Montclair State University, New Jersey. (2003)


Book Reviews

Jorge Semprún: Memory’s Long Voyage by Daniela Omlor, in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Number 19.2, February 2017.

Ejercicios de Supervivencia by Jorge Semprún in Ahora Semanal, March 18, 2016.

Strandentwining Cable: Joyce, Proust, and Intertextuality by Scarlett Baron, French Studies: A Quarterly Review, Oxford University Press Volume 68, Number 1, January 2014

Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory by Tabea Alexa Linhard

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner. In Revista de Libros (2013)

Nemesis by Philip Roth. In Revista de Libros (2012)

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. In Revista de Libros (2011)

Return to Earth  by Jim Harrison. In Revista de Libros (2010)

Portions of a Wine-Stained Notebook  by Charles Bukowski. In Revista de Libros (2010)

Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany and World War II by Stanley Payne (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008). In The American Historical Review (2008)

Review essay of: FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America by Dominic Tierney (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007)) and British Representations of the Spanish Civil War by Brian Shelmerdine (MUP, 2006). In Journal of Contemporary History. (2008)

FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America by Dominic Tierney (Durham, NC: Duke University Press). In The Volunteer: Journal of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (2008)

Review essay of Selected Poems of Luis de Góngora. Edited and translated by John Dent-Young. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
In London Review of Books (2007)

Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War by Tabea Alexa Lindhard (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press. 2005). In the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.Volume 31:2. (2007)

The Disinherited: The Exiles who Created Spanish Culture by Henry Kamen. In The Times Higher Education Supplement (London: Allen Lane, 2007).

Veinte años y un día by Jorge Semprún. (Barcelona: Tusquets, 2003) World Literature Today (78:3-4, September-December, 2004)
Encarnación’s Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California. Selections from Encarnación Pinedo’s EL COCINERO ESPAÑOL
Edited and Translated by Dan Strehl with an essay by Victor Valle
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2003.

Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. (2004)

Review of Chicanas and Latin American Women Writers: Exploring the Realm of the Kitchen as a Self-Empowering Site in Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. María Claudia André, ed. Spring (2003)



“Querido Dos: The friendship of John Dos Passos with the family of José Robles”, John Dos Passos Society Newsletter, June, 2017.

Article on the Prado nudes at the Clark Museum, Ahora Semanal, August 8, 2016.

Homage to the author Jim Harrison in Ahora Semanal, April 4, 2008.

Interview of Inés Alberdi, Sociologist and former Director of UNIFEM in S Moda, El País. August 7, 2016.



“Next Stop Guernica”, The Volunteer (

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Visiting Researcher in Contemporary History, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 2008-2009

Class of 1945 World Fellowship, Williams College, 2008

Fulbright Senior Research Grant, 2004-2005

Mellon-8 Workshop Participant. Oberlin College, 2005

Class of 1945 World Fellowship, Williams College, 2004

The Center for Technology, Arts, and Humanities Fellowship, Williams College, 2002

Professional Affiliations

Fundación José María Castañé, Madrid


Fulbright Scholar Program, Washington, DC, and the Selection Committee for the Fulbright Commission of Spain, 2010-2011.


  • Premio Fundación Diario Madrid, 2019
  • Príncipe de Asturias Prize for Communications and Humanities, 2014
  • George Watt Prize (for best essay or thesis chapter on the Spanish Civil War or related topics), 2010-2012


  • The Authors Guild of America
  • Biographers International
  • PEN Authors
  • European Microhistory Network

Current Committees

  • College and Community Advisory Committee

• International Education and Study Away Advisory Group

Thesis Students

Reed Jenkins. An American Surgeon, The Spanish Civil War, and the Faultlines of American Politics.
Department of History. Co-directed with Jessica Chapman. Recipient of the Bostert Prize. 2019.

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Río,Spanish Exiles in Mexico: A Pivotal Force to the Anti-Franco Opposition.
Department of History. Co-directed with Roger Kittleson. 2018.

Haley Stewart, “Exiles of Memory: Jorge Semprún and W.G. Sebald”
Program in Comparative Literature, 2015

Sarah Steege, “La imagen de España en la obra de Picasso: 1936-1953”
Department of Romance Languages, 2006

Independent Study Students

Maia Sacca-Schaeffer: “Traumatic legacies: how European Representations of the Spanish Civil War and World War II commemorate, obscure, and silence,” Spring 2017