Doris Sommer

Ira Jewell Williams, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies

(617) 495-5273

Professor Sommer’s research interests have developed from the 19th-Century novels that helped to consolidate new republics in Latin America through the particular aesthetics of minoritarian literature, including bilingual virtuosity, to her current more general pursuit of the constructive work in rights and resources that the arts and the humanities contribute to developing societies. Professor Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education; she has a B.A. from New Jersey’s Douglass College for Women, and her Ph.D. is from Rutgers The State University.

Dissertation Committees

“Afro-diasporic Solidarities: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero’s Movements in Ghana, the Caribbean and the U.S., 1931-1992” (Sandy Placido)

“Performed Fictions: The Onstage and Offstage Lives of Bert Williams” (Camille Forbes)

Selected Publications

  • Sommer_FoundationalFictions

    Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (University of California Press, 1993), by Doris Sommer

  • Sommer_BilingualAesthetics

    Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (Duke University Press, 2004), by Doris Sommer


    Proceed with Caution: When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas (Cambridge, 1999), by Doris Sommer