Sylvia Molloy is an Argentine novelist and critic. She holds the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities. She is the author of two novels En breve cárcel (1981) -- translated as Certificate of Absence (1989) -- and El común olvido (2002), and has also written a collection of short prose pieces, Varia imaginación (2003). Her critical work includes La Diffusion de la littérature hispano-américaine en France au XXe siècle (1972), Las letras de Borges (1979), At Face Value: Autobiographical Writing in Spanish America (1991) and edited volumes such as Hispanisms and Homosexualities (1998) and Poéticas de la distancia. Adentro y afuera de la literatura argentina (2006). She has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She has served as President of the Modern Language Association of America and of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana and holds an honorary degree in humane letters from Tulane University.