Professor of Spanish and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Sharon Larisch joined the Reed faculty in 1986 and is a professor of Spanish and Humanities. She received her BA in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon. She teaches Spanish language and a broad range of courses on Spanish American literature, from the chronicles of the conquest and colonization of America to modern narrative and performance art. What unites these disparate courses is an interest in the intersections of ethics and literature, including most recently the ethics of spatial representation. Some publications representative of her work include articles on the ethics of loss in the elegy, on the stumbling of allegorical representation in the face of marginalized spaces, on the human implications of representations of paradise, and on the aesthetics of the crime scene. Her current project is focused on seventeenth-century Spanish-American piracy and the literary and cartological representations of ever-moving oceanic and mercantilist spaces.