Bard Faculty

Melanie Nicholson

Professor of Spanish

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Literature, Spanish Studies

Area of Specialization: 20th-century Latin American literature


B.A., Arizona State University; M.A., M.F.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin. Translations and poems have appeared in Yale Review, Contemporary Women Authors of Latin America, Mundus Artium, Puerto del Sol, American Poetry Review. Scholarly publications: Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton’s Ghost (2013), Evil, Madness, and the Occult in Argentine Poetry (2002); articles and reviews in Latin American Writers, Latin American Literary Review, Letras Femeninas, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Studies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature, Social Text. At Bard since 1995.


  • Research Interests: 20th-century Latin American poetry; literary surrealism
  • Teaching Interests: Latin American 20th-century literature; surrealism; literature of the conquest; the Hispanic presence in the United States; translation studies


2013 — Publication
Professor Nicholson's most recent book, Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton’s Ghost, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2013.

2012 — Publication
Together with Mary G. Berg of Harvard, Nicholson has translated a collection of short stories by the Argentine writer Olga Orozco, which was published by White Pine Press in 2012.


Phone: 845-758-7382
Office: Seymour 202