Gene H. Bell-Villada teaches at Williams College.
He is the author of general-interest
volumes on Borges, García Márquez, and the problem
of Art for Art's Sake. In addition, he has published two books of
fiction, The Carlos Chadwick Mystery: A Novel of College Life
and Political Terror and The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand: A Novella
& 13 Stories. Bell-Villada's memoir, “Overseas American:
Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics”, is scheduled to appear
Norman Cheadle teaches at Laurentian University
(Sudbury, Canada). His primary
research interest is Southern Cone narrative and culture. He has
written a monograph on The Ironic Apocalypse in the Novels of
Leopoldo Marechal (Tamesis, 2000). Currently, he is working
on an English translation and critical edition of Marechal's Adán
Buenosayres (1948), a project funded by the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Kwame Dixon is a visiting Assistant Professor
of African American Studies at Syracuse University. He is currently
on leave from Syracuse University Madrid DIPA program. He has lived
and worked for three years in Madrid, Spain and he teaches courses
focused on Race, Democracy and Human Rights in Afro-Latin America.
His primary research is focused on understanding how race, racial
discrimination and gender intersect to create particular forms of
discrimination and marginalization that lead to human rights violations.
He has recently finished writing a book entitled Human Rights
for Research and Documentation forthcoming in the Fall of 2004.
Brian Gollnick teaches in the Department of Spanish
and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. His research is focused
on modern Latin American narrative, particularly from Mexico. He
is currently working to complete a book project on the representation
of indigenous peoples in the rain forest of southern Mexico.
Clifford E. Griffin is Associate Professor in
the department of political science and public administration at
North Carolina State University. His area of expertise in Caribbean
political economy and political sociology and is author of Democracy
and Neoliberalism in the Developing World: Lessons from the Anglophone
Caribbean (Ashgate 1997), numerous book chapters, as well as
publications in some of the leading journals of international studies.
His current book project examines the role of the Caribbean as the
central nervous system of licit and illicit global commercial activity.
Neil Larsen teaches at the University of California—Davis
and directs the Program in Critical Theory there. He is the author
of numerous articles on literary and cultural theory and of the
following books: Modernism and Hegemony (1989), Reading
North by South (1995) and Determinations: Essays on Theory,
Narrative and Nation in the Americas (2001).
Herlinda Ramírez-Barradas, Associate Professor
at the University of Purdue—Calumet, was born in Mexico City
in 1959. She received her doctorate from the University of California—Santa
Barbara, specializing in Mexican ballads. Her book, Notas sobre
el corrido y un estudio del desarrollo del héroe, was
published in 2000. Currently she is working on a series of interviews
with writers from Veracruz, Mexico, including Sergio Pitol, Emilio
Carballido and Luis Arturo Ramos.
Donald Shaw formerly headed the department of
Hispanic studies in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is
now Brown-Forman Professor of Spanish American Literature in the
University of Virginia. He has published extensively on modern Peninsular
and Spanish American literature, most recently with a book on the
Post Boom and a Companion to Modern Spanish American Fiction.
Richard W. Slatta is professor of history at North
Carolina State University. He has taught there since completing
doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He teaches
advanced courses on US-Latin American relations, Latin American
revolutions, and comparative frontiers. His books include Simón
Bolívar's Quest for Glory (coauthored with Jane Lucas
De Grummond, 2003), The Mythical West (2001), Comparing
Cowboys and Frontiers (1997), Cowboys of the Americas
(1990), Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier (1983) and an
edited volume, Bandidos: The Varieties of Latin American Banditry
Roger A. Zapata is a Visiting Scholar at the Center
for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California--San
Diego. He is a professor of Latin American literature at Monclair
State University in New Jersey. He has published extensively about
chroniclers and has book on the topic, Guamán Poma, indignismo
y estética de la dependencia en la cultura peruana (Minneapolis:
Ideologies & Literatures, 1989). He has also written several
essays on the contemporary narrative. At the moment he is writing
a book on Peruvian prose “Representaciones violentas: la narrativa
peruana a finales de siglo”.