Margo Glantz

Margo Glantz fused the Yiddish literature of her parents, the Mexican culture of her homeland, and the French traditions of her academic training to create experimental new works of literature. Glanz graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1953 and earned a doctorate in Hispanic literature from the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to Mexico to teach literature and theater history at UNAM. There she founded the university magazine Punto de Partida and served briefly as director of the Israel-Mexico Cultural Institute. A prolific essayist, she is best known for highlighting experimental Mexican writers of the 1960s and writing a 1987 autobiography called Las genealogías that blended her own experiences of growing up Jewish in Catholic Mexico with half-imagined fragments of her parents’ experiences as immigrants from the Ukraine. She also wrote fiction and nonfiction that shed new light on the writing of a seventeenth-century nun named Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Among her many honors, she won the Magda Donato Prize for Las genealogías and received a Rockefeller Grant in 1996 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998.

Topics: Memoirs, Non-Fiction

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Margo Glantz is pictured in 2001.
Courtesy of Raúl González.
Date of Birth

Mexico City,

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Margo Glantz." (Viewed on January 29, 2020) <>.


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