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Mercedes Rodriguez

Professor Emerita of Romance Languages and Literatures


PHD, 1974, New York Univ (NYU); PHD, 1955, Univ Havana


Mercedes M. Rodríguez retired as Professor of Spanish at Hofstra University on August 31, 2000. She is currently teaching at Hofstra as Adjunct Professor of Spanish. Her main areas of research are Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature (Twentieth Century to date, especially Spanish women writers) and the history and culture of Spain. Her book Barcelona y sus “divinos'?. Una mirada intrusa a la gauche divine a casi medio siglo de distancia, a study of a “bohemian'? group in the Barcelona of the 1960s, was published in May 2012 in Barcelona by Edicions Bellaterra. Also in reference to the activities of the group, she published an article on “La Mosca'?, and underground publication: “La Mosca Revisited: Documenting the ‘Voice’ of Barcelona’s Gauche Divine,'? in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, in March 2008.
Professor Rodríguez’s publications in the area of literature include Spanish Women Writers and the Essay: Gender, Politics, and the Self, Univ. of Missouri Press, 1998 –she was co-editor, contributed to the introduction and an essay, “Beyond Fiction: Voicing the Personal in Soledad Puértolas’s La vida oculta.'? She has written extensively on the works of EstherTusquets, María Teresa León, Adelaida García Morales, Paloma Díaz-Mas, Rosa Chacel, and others. At the present time, she is working on a book project tentatively entitled “Esther Tusquets: the woman, the editor, and her oeuvre.'? She also intends to continue her research on Spaniards that converted to Islam in the 1970s, in the late years of Francoism. She has interviewed several leading figures, particularly in the group of Almodóvar del Río, near Córdoba, Her essay on a novel by one of the converts she interviewed, Hashim Cabrera, “Historiografía/autobiografía en Párrafos de moro nuevo'?, was just published in El Español Integrador de Culturas (June 2012), and, at Cabrera’s request, she asked and was granted permission by the editors for him to publish the essay in WebIslam. For her works in part of books, her articles, reviews, and papers presented at scholarly meetings, see her updated curriculum vitae under Mercedes Mazquiarán de Rodríguez.
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