Romance Languages and Literatures Faculty Mentors

Mercedes Juliá, Ph.D.

University of Chicago, 1987
Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Office: SAC 303; Phone: 610-519-7478
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Dr. Juliá is an expert in modern and contemporary Spanish literature. She has written extensively on Spanish contemporary poetry, especially the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez and his contemporaries. She has also investigated Hispanic modernism and the postmodern narrative in an interdisciplinary manner, emphasizing the relation between history, philosophy, art and literature. Her current research includes the completion of a work that Juan Ramón Jiménez left unpublished.  She has recently published two monographs, one on the postmodern historical novel:  Las ruinas del pasado (2006), and the second on the latest poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez, De la nueva luz (2010).

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Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Ph.D.

ELTE University, Budapest, 1981
Director of Hispanic Graduate Studies
Director of the Cultural Studies Program
Office: SAC 341; Phone: 610-519-3069

Dr. Nagy-Zekmi’s research interests include literary and cultural theories, postcolonial and gender studies, Latin American literature (colonial and contemporary), indigenous culture, Francophone and Arab cultural studies, and Eastern European literature.  She published widely on imperial expansion, the role of intellectuals in and out of Academe, issues of race and gender. She is on the editorial board of journals such as the Journal of Empire Studies, the Revista Iberoamericana and reviews articles for Postcolonial Text, Journal of Material Culture, and Journal of Arabic Literature..

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