• Marcy Schwartz
  • Marcy Schwartz
  • Professor
  • PhD. Johns Hopkins University
  • Office: AB-5181
  • Office Hours: T 1:30– 3:30 and by appt. AB-5181
  • Phone: 848.932.6976



Marcy Schwartz specializes in 20th century Latin American literature and culture, with particular emphasis on urban studies, exile, photography, and public culture. Her most recent research concerns contemporary reading programs in Latin American cities that rely on public space and urban infrastructure, the topic of her last book. She is currently researching Julio Cortázar’s poetry.

Motivated by her commitment to the Public Humanities, Schwartz serves on the faculty advisory committee for The Collaborative (Rutgers’ center for public engagement) and on the Public Humanities steering committee. She facilitates short story reading and discussion groups in community settings through the non-profit People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos, and regularly teaches undergraduate service-learning courses. 



  • Public Pages: Reading along the Latin American Streetscape. University of Texas Press, 2018.
  • Voces en off: Traducción y literatura latinoamericana. Universidad de los Andes, 2018. Co-edited wtih Daniel Balderston.
  • Invenciones urbanas: Ficción y ciudad latinoamericanas. Corregidor, 2010.
  • Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction. SUNY Press, 1999.
  • Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. SUNY Press, 2002. Co-edited with Daniel Balderston.
  • Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures. University of New Mexico Press, 2006. Co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello.



  • “Cortázar’s Transitional Poetics: Experiments in Verse behind Experiments in Prose,” in Latin American Literatures in Transition, vol. IV, edited by Amanda Holmes and Parvathi Kumaraswami, Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
  • “Cacerolazos y bibliotecas:  Lectura, solidaridad y espacio público después de la crisis argentina de 2001-2002,” Revista de Humanidades 35 (2017), 15-43.
  • “Reading on Wheels:  Stories of Convivencia in the Latin American City,” Latin American Research Review 51.3 (2016): 181-201.
  • “Beyond the Book: New Forms of Women’s Writing,” Cambridge History of Latin American Women Writers, eds. Monica Szurmuk and Ileana Rodríguez, Cambridge UP, 2016, 527-  542.
  • “Instructions for How to Teach the Boom in Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela,” Teaching the Latin American Boom, eds. Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola and Lucille Kerr, New York: MLA, 2015, 83-95.
  • "Spaces for Reading:  A Cartography of Used Books in Urban Latin America,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.3 (2014): 417-42.
  • "A Transnarratological Saga:  Genette on Borges and Publishing Dystopia,” Variaciones Borges 36 (2013): 65-76.
  • “The Right to Imagine: Reading in Community with People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos,”   PMLA 126.3 (2011): 746-52.          



  • Latin American Literary Review
  • Textos Híbridos
  • Telar
  • Journal of Urban Cultural Studies



  • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 2015-2016
  • American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 2014-2015
  • Diversity Innovation Grant from the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Spring 2020
  • Faculty Partner of the Year Award, The Collaborative, 2018
  • Departmental Executive Officers Program, BTAA, 2018-2019
  • Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers, Faculty Fellow 2011-2012
  • Center for Latin American Studies research grants, Rutgers, 2010, 2011