William Acree

William Acree

​Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA, Berry College
research interests:
  • Popular and Material Culture
  • Cultural Flows Across the Americas
  • Afro-Latin American Studies
  • Nation, Nationalism, Identity, and Cultural Production
  • Performance History
  • The Cultural History of Print

contact info:

office hours:

  • Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 am

mailing address:

  • CB 1077
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

William Acree's research in the fields of Latin American literary and culture studies has a strong historical focus centering on the late colonial period and the nineteenth century.

Acree's related areas of interest include themes of war and writing, the sociology of reading, and popular and material culture throughout the 1800s.

For more information, visit William Acree's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast
Empire's End: Transnational Connections in the Hispanic World

Empire's End: Transnational Connections in the Hispanic World

The fall of the Spanish Empire: that period in the nineteenth century when it lost its colonies in Spanish America and the Philippines. How did it happen? What did the process of the "end of empire" look like? Empire's End considers the nation's imperial legacy beyond this period, all the way up to the present moment. In addition to scrutinizing the political, economic, and social implications of this "end," these chapters emphasize the cultural impact of this process through an analysis of a wide range of representations—literature, literary histories, periodical publications, scientific texts, national symbols, museums, architectural monuments, and tourist routes—that formed the basis of transnational connections and exchange. The book breaks new ground by addressing the ramifications of Spain's imperial project in relation to its former colonies, not only in Spanish America, but also in North Africa and the Philippines, thus generating new insights into the circuits of cultural exchange that link these four geographical areas that are rarely considered together. Empire's End showcases the work of scholars of literature, cultural studies, and history, centering on four interrelated issues crucial to understanding the end of the Spanish empire: the mappings of the Hispanic Atlantic, race, human rights, and the legacies of empire.

The Gaucho Juan Moreira: True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Argentina

The Gaucho Juan Moreira: True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Argentina

Argentinian writer Eduardo Gutiérrez (1851-1889) fashioned his seminal gauchesque novel from the prison records of the real Juan Moreira, a noble outlaw whose life and name became legendary in the Río de la Plata during the late 19th century.


John Chasteen's fast-moving, streamlined translation--the first ever into English--captures all of the sweeping romance and knife-wielding excitement of the original. William Acree's introduction and notes situate Juan Moreira in its literary and historical contexts. Numerous illustrations, a map of Moreira’s travels, a glossary of terms, and a select bibliography are all included.