Sarah Moody

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies


  • PhD & MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Areas

  • Modernismo and women's writing in Latin America Feminism
  • Feminism, gender theory, aesthetics, and intellectual networks
  • Nineteenth and early twentieth centuries


Professor Moody’s research examines Modernismo and women’s writing in Latin American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially focusing on the relationship between aesthetic systems and identity formulations like gender or nationalism. She has published on Delmira Agustini’s radically feminist poetics, on the journalism of women from Argentina and Brazil around the turn of the 20th century, and on newspaper chronicles and poetry in dialogue with urban reform in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Recent articles focus on Eduarda Mansilla’s daring interpretation of a foundational myth of Argentine national identity in the mid-19th century, as well as on the complex gender philosophies in Manuel Ugarte’s early literary work on Paris. She is also interested in Brazil’s relationship to the rest of Latin America, and in literary and journalistic responses to city modernization and to European modernity.

Professor Moody’s current book project, Las Raras: Gendered Aesthetics, Women’s Writing and Intellectual Networks in Spanish-American Modernismo, examines ideas of femininity that were both fundamental to Modernismo’s formation and exclusionary towards women’s active participation in the movement as writers and authors. Her study helps to explain why this important literary movement admitted no women writers unconditionally. The project explores the formation of the Modernista rhetoric of femininity, and goes on to consider women writers’ strategies to find literary success in spite of that rhetorical system, such as by attacking it directly or by circulating their work outside the movement’s systems of prestige and authority.

Dr. Sarah Moody's Spanish conversation course

Professor Moody teaches Latin American literature, ranging from the colonial period to the 20th century for undergraduates, and focusing on 1800-1915 at the graduate level. She has directed several dissertations.

Her professional memberships include the Latin American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association.

Research Groups

EDGRAL, Estudios Decimonónicos de Género y Raza y en América Latina (Nineteenth-Century Studies of Gender and Race in Latin America)

Selected Publications