Dr. Margaret R. Ewalt, Associate Professor of Spanish, has been teaching at Wake Forest University since 2001. She received her B.A. from Colby College in Maine and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her teaching, research and publication interests include the Enlightenment in Spain and Spanish America, Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature and Colonial Spanish American Literature. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled, Francis Bacon in Hispanic Science: Knowledge, the Nature of Modernity, and the Spanish World, 1539-1782. Her goals include pushing beyond Eurocentric critical boundaries and expanding the questions that scholars pose about textual evidence by reading them for evidence of the complex reciprocities of transcultural knowledge production. Baconian practitioners in Spanish America opened learned discourse to Amerindian and West African epistemologies. Their textual compilations of folkbiology and local botanical secrets folded alternative knowledge paradigms into and even altered the wider, universalizing narrative of European scientific progress and modernization.
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