Before joining the department, Xita studied philosophy and literature in England and France. At Princeton, she is working to expand the ideas explored in her undergraduate thesis: “How (and why) not to be yourself: Literature and Impersonality in Proust and Borges.” She is interested in how impersonality –or the ability to be another– can often supersede personal identity, and aims to trace a broad literary tradition –including writers from Plato to Clarice Lispector– in which this ability is theorized and performed.
Beyond the aesthetic and ethical implications of such acts of ‘depersonalization’, she is also interested in its psychological, medical and legal aspects, especially in the context of mental disorder, and with respect to questions of illness, caregiving and personhood.
In addition to her research and teaching, Xita is an accomplished fiction writer.
Classes taught: “Saying ‘I’: First Person Perspective in Philosophy and Literature” (Spring 2020); “Literature and Medicine” (Medical Humanities, Fall 2021).
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician (native); English, French, Italian (fluent); Portuguese (B2).