Margaret R. Ewalt

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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Peripheral Wonders: Nature, Knowledge, and Enlightenment in the Eighteenth-Century Orinoco (Bucknell University Press, 2008).

“How Eighteenth-Century Spain and Spanish America Challenge Scholarly Models of Modernity and Postmodern Enlightenment Paradigms,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 43.2 (Winter 2010):  267-74.

“Understanding the Transatlantic Hispanic Enlightenment,” Eighteenth-Century Life 34.3 (Fall 2010):  60-67.

“Christianity, Coca, and Commerce in the Peruvian Mercury,”  SECC:  Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 36 (Spring 2007):  187-212.

“Crossing Over:  Nations and Naturalists in El Orinoco ilustrado: Reading and Writing the Book of Orinoco Secrets,” Dieciocho:  Hispanic Enlightenment 29.1 (Spring 2006):  1-25.