Comparative Literature
Department Chair:
Jed Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Snell

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8345

King Building 125
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Ana Cara

Ana Cara

Professor of Hispanic Studies

Contact Information


Peters 408
(440) 775-8660

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 and by appointment.

Ana Cara

Ana Cara

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College, 1972
  • Master of Arts in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 1974
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Research and Teaching Interests

Ana Cara is a specialist in folklore, creolization theory, Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Jorge Luis Borges, and tango. She has conducted fieldwork in Argentina, the Caribbean, and among Latinos in the U.S.  She studies and teaches about the artfulness of ordinary life and its relationship to literature, and is interested in the ways vernacular poetics and traditional expressive arenas constitute contested terrain

Selected courses:

Latino/a and Latin American Folklore
Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Music, Orality and Literature in the Hispanic World
Reading Borges
Modern Latin American Poetry
Survey of Latin American Literature
Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Selected publications:

“Entangled Tangos: Passionate Displays, Intimate Dialogues,” Journal of American Folklore, Special Issue on Latin American Dance, (Forthcoming)

“Milonga de dos hermanos,” Jorge Luis Borges. The Evansville Review, April 2007. Prize-winning translation. Co-translated with David Young.

Creolization and Folklore (Special Issue), Journal of American Folklore, Co-edited with Robert Baron, Vol. 116. No. 459. Winter 2003.  Introduction co-authored with Robert Baron.

“The Poetics of Creole Talk: Toward an Aesthetic of Argentine Verbal Art,” Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 116, No. 459, 2003, pp.36-56

“A Death in Geneva”  (Jorge Luis Borges 1899-1986), with original translations of three milongas by J.L. Borges, World Literature Today, Winter, 1988.

“Cocoliche: The Art of Assimilation and Dissimulation Among Italians and Argentines,” Latin American Research Review, 22, no. 3, Fall 1987.

“Borges’ Milongas: The Chords of Argentine Verbal Art,” in Borges, The Poet, Carlos Cortinez, ed., University of Arkansas Press, 1986, pp. 280-295.