Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Professor of Spanish
Office: Greene Hall 537
Phone: (336) 758-5429
Ph.D., Columbia University, May 1977, Comparative Literature
Doctoral Dissertation: “Awake: An English Translation of Enrique Anderson Imbert’s Novel Vigilia”
Dissertation Directors: Professors Ana María Barrenechea and Michael Wood
M.Phil., Columbia University, December 1976
Major Field: The Twentieth Century Novel in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese
Minor Field: The Theory of Translation
M.A., Columbia University, December 1973
Master’s Essay: “The Theme of Personal Identity in Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela”
B.A., Wellesley College, 1971
Majors: Spanish and English
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Durant Scholar, Cervantes Prize in Spanish
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Professor of Spanish, July 2008 – present
Associate Professor of Spanish, July 1989 –June 2008
Assistant Professor of Spanish, September 1987 – June 1989
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Assistant Professor of Spanish, September 1981 – June 1987
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Assistant Professor of Spanish, September 1977 – August 1981
Instructor of Spanish, September 1975 – August 1977
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Review of “Isabel Allende’s Representations of Women and the Oppressed on the Page and in Public” submitted to Latin American Political Exile: Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, ed. Luis Roniger, September 2008.
Review of book manuscript El neopolicial latinoamericano y la crónica del Chile actual en las novelas de Ramón Díaz Eterovic by Guillermo García-Corales and Mirian Pino, for the Edwin Mellen Press, May 2008.
Review of grant proposal entitled “Jorge Luis Borges and the Philosophy of Language” submitted to the Israel Science Foundation, 2006.
Review of article submitted to PMLA entitled “Structure and the Lie: Isabel Allende’s The Stories of Eva Luna,” 2003.
Review of an article submitted to Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies entitled “Narrations of Hard-Working German Pioneers, Lazy Others and a ‘Paradized’ New World,” 2003.
Review of article submitted to PMLA entitled “Exile and Return in García Márquez’s Strange Pilgrims,” 2001.
Review of article submitted to the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicosentitled “Saving the Gutres: Borges, Sarmiento and Mark,” 2000.
Consultant to Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J., in the following capacities:
Reader of Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language, 1979-1985, 1987, and 1989-97.
Contributor to Spanish Achievement Test, the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination and the CLEP Test in Spanish, 1980, 1981, 1985 and 1986.
Consultant to Middlesex County College, Middlesex, N.J. on the use of videotape in foreign language teaching, May 1986.
Contributor to “The World of Jorge Luis Borges,” dir. Robert Zend, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Toronto, December 74. (A five-part series of one-hour radio broadcasts.)
CONFERENCE SESSION ORGANIZED
The Narrative of Isabel Allende, Modern Language Association, New York, December 1986.
“Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel Lituma en los Andes,” Reynolda House Museum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, spring 1996.
“Fallout from the Boom: the Latin American Novel in the 1970s,” Oberlin College, December 1980.
“Narrative Structure in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Wesleyan University, April 22, 1978.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND HONORS
Rebecca Bacharach Treves Fellowship, 1978-1979, renewed 1979-1980, to develop a two-semester Intensive Spanish Language curriculum at Wellesley College.
Research Award from Wellesley College, 1980-1981 ($15,000) to carry out research for into aspects of Jorge Luis Borges’s early writings.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1981 ($2500) to support travel to Buenos Aires in search of Jorge Luis Borges’ early journalistic writings. Chapter II of The Emperor’s Kites: A Morphology of Borges’ Tales is based on this research.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Prize, 1981, for the best article in that year relating to the teaching of the Spanish language.
Faculty Leave from Rutgers University, fall 1985 (80% of salary) to study the contemporary political fiction of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Archer M. Huntington Award ($2000), awarded by Wellesley College, February 1986, for the manuscript The Emperor’s Kites: A morphology of Borges’ Tales.
Summer Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1986 ($1500) to support research into the literary response to contemporary political crises in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Grant, Program in International Studies, Rutgers University, 1986 ($2700) to support travel and research in Argentina and Uruguay.
Reynolds Research Leave, Wake Forest University, Fall 1992 (salary replacement) to support research on José Donoso.
RECREAC Grant, Wake Forest University, 1993 ($3000) to fund travel to libraries in connection with research on José Donoso.
RECREAC Grant, Wake Forest University, 1994 ($500) to fund the acquisition of archival material relating to research on José Donoso.
Grant, Office of International Studies, Wake Forest University, summer 1995 ($3500) to develop new course, offered in fall 1995, on the portrayal of social role in Latin American literature, art and film.
Reynolds Research Leave, Wake Forest University, Fall 1999 (salary replacement) to support writing of culminating in The Self in the Narratives of José Donoso (Chile 1924-1996).
Computer Enhanced Learning Initiative Grant, fall 1999 (release time) to apply the computer to teaching literature and civilization.
Mellen Grant, Wake Forest University, summer 2006 ($3000) to develop a course titled “Chile Through Its Literature,” offered in spring 2007.
Archie Grant, Wake Forest University, summer 2009 ($4000) to support research on contemporary Chilean writers.
Reynolds Research Leave, Wake Forest University, spring 2011, to support research on contemporary Chilean writers.
Archie Grant, Wake Forest University, spring 2011 ($3500) to support research on contemporary Chilean writers.
Modern Language Association
Latin American Studies Association
American Comparative Literature Association
University Senate, fall 2008- present
Coordinator of Latin American Studies Program, 1997-2001; thereafter, participating member of Latin American Studies committee
Fulbright Program Adviser, 1991- 2004; member of Campus Fulbright Committee, 2004- present
First Year Seminar Committee, 2004-2007
Faculty Athletics Committee, fall 2002 – 2007
Gender Equity Subcommittee of Faculty Athletics Committee, fall 2005 – 2007
Nominating Committee, 1999-2001
Judicial Council, 1992-spring 1998
Space Committee for New Foreign Languages Building, fall 1996-1999
Ad Hoc Committee to Study Feasibility of a Wake Forest House in Washington, D.C., 1998-1999
Taskforce on Instructional Effectiveness, 1993
Faculty Evaluation Committee for David Phillips 1994-1997
Committee for Teacher Education, 1990 – 1992
Library Acquisitions Committee, 1990 – 1991
Asian Studies Advisory Committee, spring 1990 – 1992
Language Placement Appeals Board, fall 1988 – 1992
Volunteer, Heritage and Promise Campaign, 1990
President, Wake Forest Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 1990-91
Upper division adviser, 1987 – present
Administrator of Wake Forest’s Intensive Summer Language Institute in Quito, Ecuador (summers of 1998 and 1999) and later in Querétaro, Mexico (summers of 2000 – present)
Associate Chair, Department of Romance Languages, 2006-present
Acting Co-Chair, Department of Romance Languages, spring 2001
Language Representative for Spanish Section of Romance Languages Department, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1996-97, fall 1999, 2000-2001
Search Committees, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007
Director, Wake Forest Salamanca Program, 1992
The Self in the Narratives of José Donoso (Chile 1924-1996). Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.
Una morfología de los cuentos de Borges. Editorial Fundamentos, Madrid, 1990. (Spanish translation of The Emperor’s Kites).
The Emperor’s Kites: A Morphology of Borges’ Tales. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1987.
Editor, with E. Gascón-Vera, S. Gostautas and J. Ruiz-de-Conde, Homenaje a Jorge Guillén. Madrid: Insula, 1978. (478 pp.)
Chapters in Books
“The Paradigm of the Outsider in the Work of Gabriel García Márquez” inHomenaje a Justina Ruiz-de-Conde. Erie, Penn.: ALDEEU, 1992. 141-52.
“Jorge Luis Borges: The Writer and His Works” in Teacher’s Guide to Advanced Placement Courses in Spanish Literature. Princeton, N.J.: The College Board, 1985. 24-29. Revised 1989 and again in 1996.
“The Chilean Exile’s Return” in Paradise Lost or Gained? The Literature of Hispanic Exile, ed. Fernando Alegría and Jorge Ruffinelli. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1990. 211-17. [Reprinted from The Americas Review 18.3-4 (fall-winter 1990).]
“Tales from the Crypt: The Re-emergence of Chile’s Political Memory.” Under submission at the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.
“José Donoso’s ‘Taratuta’: The Uses of Cultural Patrimony.” Romance Notes XLIV. 3 (2004): 327-35.
“The Corpses in the Corpus: Dead Bodies in the Work of García Márquez.”Romance Notes XL.6 (winter 2000): 135-44.
“The Genesis of La desesperanza by José Donoso.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. 23.2 (summer 1999): 255-74.
“La presencia de Chiloé en La desesperanza de José Donoso.” Anthropos 184-185 (mayo-agosto 1999): 133-38.
“The Artistry of La desesperanza by José Donoso.” Hispania 78.14 (March 1995): 13-24. Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism 133, ed. Linda Pavloski. The Gale Group, 2003.
“Isabel Allende and the More Than Reliable Narrador.” Explicación de Textos LiterariosXXIV.1-2 (1995-96): 57-63.
“The Chilean Exile’s Return: Donoso Versus García Márquez.” The Americas Review 18.3-4 (fall-winter 1990): 211-17.
“Notes on the Grading of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination.” Hispania 66.2 (May 1983): 239-41.
“Some Doubts About the Cultural Approach to Teaching Spanish.” Hispania 64.2 (May1981): 266-72.
“The Function of Fantasy: Isolation and Creativity as Related Themes in the Work of Enrique Anderson Imbert.” Latin American Literary Review VII.14 (spring-summer 1979): 28-39.
“Père Menard, Autor.” The Texas Quarterly XVIII.1 (spring 1975): 104-16.
“Jorge Luis Borges y su lucha con el lenguaje.” Cuadernos americanosXXXIII.5 (sept.-oct. 1973): 219-26.
(with Louis Lusky), “Columbia 1968: The Wound Unhealed,” Political Science Quarterly LXXXIV.2 (June 1969): 169-288. [This article studies university governance at Columbia University in the period surrounding the student strike in 1968.]
“Isabel Allende’s Mi país inventado and Alma Guillermoprieto’s Dancing with Cuba.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 34.1 (mayo de 2005): 161-64.
“Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges (by Fernando Sorrentino) andBorges at Eighty: Conversations (by Willis Barnstone).” Review: Latin American Literature and the Arts 31 (Jan.-April 1982): 71-73.
In Revista Iberoamericana:
María Inés Lagos, H.A. Murena en sus ensayos y narraciones, 151 (abril-junio 1990): 627-30.
In Review: Latin American Literature and the Arts: Luisa Valenzuela, Other Weapons, vol. 35 (July-Dec. 1985): 41-42.
Julio Cortázar, We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales vol. 32 (Jan.-May 1984): 35-36.
In Choice: Ariel Dorfman, The Last Song of Manuel Sendero, 1987.
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds, Nov. 1986.
Reinaldo Arenas, Farewell to the Sea, March 1986.
Edna Aizenberg, The Aleph Weaver: Biblical, Kabbalistic and Judaic Elements in Borges, Sept. 1985.
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights, April 1985.
Roberto Arlt, The Seven Madmen: A Novel, Jan. 1985.
Jorge Luis Borges with Roberto Alifano, Twenty-four Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, Sept. 1984.
Jonathan Tittler, Narrative Irony in the Contemporary Spanish-American Novel, July-Aug. 1984.
Ariel Dorfman, Widows, Oct. 1983.
Willis Barnstone, Borges at Eighty: Conversations, July-Aug. 1982.
Fernando Sorrentino, Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, March 1982.
Gene Bell-Villada, Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to His Mind and Art, Oct. 1981.
Ronald Schwartz, Nomads, Exiles and Emigrés: The Rebirth of the Latin American Narrative, 1960-1980, April 1981.
Gloria Durán, The Archetypes of Carlos Fuentes, Dec. 1980.
Sara Castro-Klarén, “The Word and the World in Arguedas.” Review: Latin American Literature and the Arts 25-26 (1980): 17-21.
Juan Orbe and Enrico Mario Santí, “An Intellectual Biography of Octavio Paz: Conversation with Enrico Mario Santí.” The Centennial Review 36.3 (fall 1992): 541-55.
[Unpublished translation into English, with four other colleagues, of a theatrical adaptation of Tomás Carrasquilla’s story “En la diestra de Dios Padre” for 2004 performance in Winston-Salem by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company.]
“The Big Scam: Counterfeiting Authority in José Manuel Prieto’s Rex,” American Comparative Literature Association meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7-10, 2010.
“Characterization in a Post-Freudian Age: Livadia by José Manuel Prieto,” Latin American Studies Association, Montréal, Canada, September 5-8, 2007.
“The Function of Simile in José Manuel Prieto’s Livadia,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 19-21, 2007.
“The Multinational Latin American: Memoirs of Isabel Allende and Alma Guillermoprieto” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Winston-Salem, NC, October 2005.
“José Donoso’s ‘Taratuta’: The Uses of Cultural Patrimony,” Twentieth Century Literature Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, February 21 – 23, 2002.
“The Metaphor of Twins in José Donoso’s Donde van a morir los elefantes,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Birmingham, Alabama, November 10-12, 2000.
“The Corpses in the Corpus: Dead Bodies in the Work of Gabriel García Márquez,” Kentucky Foreigh Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 27-29, 2000.
“Barbaric Westerners: Cannibalism in Donoso’s Casa de campo and Vargas Llosa’s Lituma en los Andes,” Modern Languages Association, Chicago, December 27-30, 1995.
“The Presence of Chiloé in José Donoso’s La desesperanza,” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Lawrence, Kansas, September 8-10, 1994.
“The Chilean Exile’s Return: Donoso Versus García Márquez,” Latin American Studies Association, Miami, December 4-6, 1989.
“Isabel Allende and the More-Than-Reliable Narrator,” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, St. Louis, October 1988.
“Jorge Luis Borges’ Mourning: A Catalyst of Genius?” Modern Language Association, San Francisco, December 1987.
“El motivo del duelo en un cuento de Jorge Luis Borges,” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 1987.
“Textual Strategies in Isabel Allende’s De amor y de sombra,” Modern Language Association, New York, December 1986.
(with Trish Jessen), “The Telenovela as Spanish Language Text,” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Washington, D.C., April 1986.
“Grading the Advanced Placement Essay,” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, November 1985.
“Jorge Luis Borges’ Narrative Paradigm,” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Lawrence, Kansas, October 1985.
“Practical Strategies for Teaching Borges’Work,” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New ork, April 1984.
“Eighteenth Century Echoes in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges,” Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, December 1982.
“An Interpretation of Irreality in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges,” University of Chicago Symposium on Borges’ Beginnings, April 1982.
“La mística de la parquedad: Irreality in Jorge Luis Borges’ Early Writings,” Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Lliteratures, Tulane University, February 1981.
“The Intensive Approach to Language Learning,” Connecticut Council on Language Teaching, Windsor Locks, Conn., October 1979.
“Avoiding Cultural Stereotypes in the Spanish Language Classroom,” Northeast Conference on Foreign Language Teachingm Washington, D.C., April 1978.
SPA216 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPA318 Literary and Cultural Studies of Spanish America
SPA316 Spanish Conversation
SPA368 Spanish American Short Story
SPA369 Spanish American Novel
SPA379 Special Topics: Spanish American Autobiography
SPA379 Special Topics: Chile Through Its Literature
First Year Seminar: Gabriel García Márquez
SPA379 Special Topics: Mario Vargas Llosa
SPA379 Special Topics: Jorge Luis Borges
SPA367 The Social Canvas of Gabriel García Márquez and Pablo Neruda.