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Pre-Texts International

Pre-Texts International

Edited by José Luis Falconi and Doris Sommer

ISBN 9780674271715

Publication date: 01/02/2024

Pre-Texts is a methodology developed by Doris Sommer for education professionals to stimulate close reading and critical-thinking skills by making art based on challenging texts. This book is a manual of sorts. Presented in both English and Spanish, it gathers vivid descriptions and images of dozens of different Pre-Texts activities held across the globe, in person and in online forums, with groups diverse in age, background, and native language. Pre-Texts International features testimonials from both facilitators and participants, who describe in detail the planning, procedures, and activities they carried out and attest to the methodology’s efficacy and adaptability in a wide range of contexts.


  • José Luis Falconi is Lecturer of Latin American Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brandeis University.
  • Doris Sommer is Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, and Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 440 pages
  • 6 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Cultural Agents Initiative