Christopher Britt

Christopher Britt

Associate Professor of Spanish
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6339


Prof. Britt received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1998.  He regularly teaches courses in modern and contemporary Spanish literature and intellectual history. He is the author of Quixotism: The Denial of Spain’s Loss of Empire (Suny Press, 2005) as well as of various essays that study the role of the intellectual in the formation of nationalist and pan-nationalist identities in Spain and Latin America. Professor Britt's principal areas of interest include modern Spanish and Latin American nationalisms and their links to fascism, imperialism and post-coloniality.  He is currently writing a book on displacement in the Americas and editing a multi-author volume of essays on the legacy of the Enlightenment in the Spanish-speaking world.


  • “La Irrealidad histórica de España” Almanaque Literario, (Mexico: Universidad de Guanajuato) (May, 2015): 131-150
  • “Madariaga’s Quixotism: The Imperial Nostalgia of an Exiled Spanish Liberal” in eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara) (August 2014): 148-170.
  • "Republic and Empire: America's Ambiguous Legacy of Enlightenment," published in the e-magazine CRISIS Y CRITICA, (La Universidad del Valle, Colombia, Vol. II, December, 2013)
  • “Los límites de la solidaridad: etnografías de salvación, novelas de perdición, y la Selva de Matavén” Antípoda (Bogotá, Colombia, December, 2012): 273-292.
  • “Reivindicación del esclarecimiento” El Viejo Topo (July, 2011): 1-8.
  • “Memoria de un letrado desplazado” in Escritura y esquizofrenia (México: Universidad de Guanajuato y Colegio de San Luis, 2010).
  • "Torture, Tongues, and Treason" South Central Review, Vol. 24, no.1 (Spring 2007) pages 56-72.
  • Reflections on Spain’s Essayistic Hall of Mirrors,” Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies, Volume 5, 2007.

Office Hours

Fall 2016

Mon & Wed 10:00 - 12:00 and by Appointment