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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 1:15-2:15 pm; R 12:15-2:15 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

Scholarly Activity: Selected Recent Publications

Books:

  • Impossible Returns: Narratives of the Cuban Diaspora Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.       
  • Cien botellas en una pared  (One Hundred Bottles on the Wall, Stockcero, 2010), and El viejo, el asesino y yo (The Old Man, the Assassin, and I, Stockcero, 2009) critical editions of Ena Lucía Portela’s novel and short stories. Introduction by López. Notes written in collaboration with Portela.

Articles:

  • “Entre el ideal de la nación mestiza y la discordia racial: ‘Memories of a Black Cuban Childhood’ y otros textos de Lourdes Casal,” forthcoming in Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos.
  • “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. http://revistascientificas.filo.uba.ar/index.php/zama/article/view/2186/1917

  • “The Notion of Volver in Cuban-American Memoirs: Gustavo Perez Firmat’s Next Year in Cuba as 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 Literatura 13.2 (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) 11.13 (June 2010): 131-149.  
  • “Reading Lives in Installments: Autobiographical Essays by Women of the Cuban Diaspora.” Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and American Culture. Eds. Isabel Alvarez-Borland and Lynette Bosch. New York: SUNY Press, 2009. 61-75.

 

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