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Professor of Spanish Language and Literature

Year Joined RCNJ: 2001

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7164
  • Email: ilopez@ramapo.edu
  • Office: B-140
  • Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00 pm; R 12:00-2:00 pm; Also By Appt.

Education:

  • B.A., magna cum laude, The City College, CUNY
  • M.A., The City College, CUNY
  • Ph.D., The City University of New York

Courses offered:

  • Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture
  • New York as a Latino Cityscape
  • Latin American Literature since 1910
  • Capstone Seminar: Rewriting Hispanic Identity Constructions
  • Hispanic Women’s Voices and Images
  • Latin American Culture and Society
  • All levels of Spanish

Teaching & Research Interests:

  • Memoirs and Autobiography
  • Women’s Writings
  • Latino/a Literature
  • Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Latin American Fiction

Scholarship: Recent Publications

Books:

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Going Back to Cuba: How the Enclaves of Memory Stimulate Returns and Repatriations.” Forthcoming in Caribbean Reflections: Postcolonialism, Migration, and the Arts. Eds. Anke Birkenmaier and Vivian Halloran.  Rutgers University Press.
  • “Los niños tienen la palabra: apreciaciones intergeneracionales del exilio argentino y chileno en Cuba”.  Forthcoming in La experiencia del exilio y el exilio como experiencia. Ed. Mariela Cecilia Avila.  Ediciones Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez.
  • “La intersticial literatura cubanoamericana, acápite inédito de los estudios cubanos”. Forthcoming in Temas: Cultura, ideología, sociedad.
  • “Entre el ideal de la nación mestiza y la discordia racial: ‘Memories of a Black Cuban Childhood’ y otros textos de Lourdes Casal,” Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos 46 (2018): 63-84.
  • “La vuelta que se repite: representaciones cubanas del retorno en el periodo revolucionario y el postsoviético”, Revista ZAMA (University of Buenos Aires), 7.7 (2015): 43-53.
  • “The Notion of Volver in Cuban-American Memoirs: Gustavo Perez Firmat’s Next Year in Cubaas a Case of Mistaken Coordinates” South Atlantic Review 77.3/4 (2015): 59-76.
  • “At the Intersection of Latino/a Studies and Latin American Studies in U.S. Colleges and Universities” (in Russian translation, co-authored with Alexander Kubyshkin). Journal of the Instituto de Latinoamérica de la Academia de Ciencias de Rusia 10 (Summer 2012): 98-104.
  • “Ana Mendieta, treinta años después: al rescate de la memoria”. La Gaceta de Cuba 3 (May-June 2012): 30-37.
  • “De regresos y manifiestos: las memorias de una generación de cubano-americanos entre el exilio y el posnacionalismo”. Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura2 (Winter 2010-2011): 39-52.
  • “Al filo de la modernidad: las décimas autobiográficas de Violeta Parra como literatura.” Anales de literatura chilena (Universidad Católica de Chile) 13 (June 2010): 131-149.
  • “En torno a la novela negra: poética y política en Cien botellas en una pared”. La Habana Elegante 48 (2010).
  • “Mi generación es tan diversa como cualquier otra: conversación con Ena Lucía Portela”. Hispamérica XXXVIII.112 (2009): 49-59.
  • “Reading Lives in Installments: Autobiographical Essays by Women of the Cuban Diaspora.” Negotiating Identitiesin Art, Literature and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and American Culture. Isabel Alvarez-Borland and Lynette Bosch. New York: SUNY Press, 2009. 61-75.
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