Research Areas

Latin American Literature; Cuban Writers; Spanish-English Translation


Ph.D., Harvard University

B.A., Cornell University

Mary Berg

Mary Berg

Mary Berg

Mary G. Berg teaches Latin American literature and translation at various Boston area universities, including Harvard Extension. She grew up in Colombia and Peru, and has published extensively on Colombian, Peruvian and Argentinean writers, with particular interest in women’s fiction. She has participated in collaborative projects that reevaluate the writings of Latin American women, among them volumes published in Venezuela (La ansiedad autorial), Colombia (Narrativa colombiana del siglo veinte, Las Desobedientes, Escritura y diferencia, Escritoras de Hispanoamérica), Chile, Cuba, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. (Yo con mi viveza, Spanish American Women Writers, Portraits of Latin American Women Writers, Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay, Women Novelists of the World).

Her recent translations include three anthologies of recent Cuban fiction (Open Your Eyes and Soar, Cuba on the Edge, New Cuban Fiction), poetry by Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez and Carlota Caulfield, novels by Martha Rivera (I’ve Forgotten Your Name), Laura Riesco (Ximena at the Crossroads), Libertad Demitrópulos (River of Sorrows), and texts gathered by Marjorie Agosín, including Uncertain Travelers: Conversations with Jewish Women Immigrants to America (Brandeis Series of Jewish Women) and Taking Root: Narratives of Jewish Women in Latin America.

Current Projects

Reedition and critical commentary of 19th century Latin American women’s texts continue to be my central project. I hope to complete a biography of Clorinda Matto de Turner, Peruvian journalist and activist (1852-1909) and a scholarly edition of Diego Dávalos y Figueroa’s Miscelánea Austral (Lima, 1603). In translation, I will focus on stories by contemporary Cubans  and Argentinean Olga Orozco.

Representative Publications

Berg, Mary G., Pamela Carmell and Anne Fountain, editors. Cuba on the Edge: Short Stories from the Island. Nottingham UK: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2007.

Berg, Mary G., ed. Clorinda Matto de Turner, Indole and Herencia. Buenos Aires: Stockcero, 2010.