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Irma Cantu

Dr. Irma Cantú, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies;
On-site coordinator, Cooperative Ph. D. in Hispanic Studies.


She is a Member of Mesa Directiva del Seminario de Cultura Mexicana. Chapter: Tamaulipas, and a Travel Writer for different media outlets such as El MañanaNewsweek en Español.

Education: Ph D in Hispanic Literature, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in Hispanic Literature, The University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in Spanish Literature, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey.

Teaching: Mexican Literature and Spanish American Colonial Literature.

Research interest: In-Transit Literatures: travel writing, exile, refuge, tourism, folklore, nomadism and all forms of displacement and the production of artifacts related to this topic such as travelogues, narrative, poetry, translation and art.

Recent Publications:

Estrada, Oswaldo. Ser mujer y estar presente: disidencias de género en la literatura mexicana contemporánea (2015) MIFLC Review.  16 (2016): 112-115.

“Una (h)ojeada al naturalismo español en La Giganta (2015) de Patricia Laurent Kullick.” Les Ateliers du SAL (Séminaire de Amérique Latine) Université Paris-Sorbonne. [Forthcoming].

“Éste no es un libro de viaje: Morábito Flâneur y También Berlín se olvida (2004).” Los oficios del nómada: Fabio Morábito ante la crítica. Sarah Pollack & Tamara Williams eds. México: UNAM , 2015.  

Eudave, Cecilia, Ortiz Alberto, Rovira, José Carlos, eds. Mujeres Novohispanas en la narrativa mexicanacontemporánea. Romance Notes55 (2015): 159-161.

Malinche as Cinderellatl: Sweeping Female Agency in Search of a Global Readership by Laura Esquivel.” Colonial Itineraries in Contemporary Mexico. Oswaldo Estrada & Anna Nogar eds. Arizona: Arizona State University Press, 2014.

“De cómo decolonizar el travelogue: Los autonautas de la cosmopista, de Julio Cortázar y Carol Dunlop.” Dossier Texas A&M International University. Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. 58 (2013): ii-xii.


Dr. Cardona

Dr. José Cardona-López, Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies;
coordinator of the Creative Writing Minor (English/Spanish).

He is a Contributing Editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies (Library of Congress). In 2005 and 2013 he was named Scholar of the year in the College of Arts and Sciences. From 2003 to 2011 he was a Faculty of the Summer Spanish School at Middlebury College. His book Teoría y práctica de la nouvelle (2003) is devoted to present and discuss the most important theoretical approaches to the study of the nouvelle or short novel.  Four short and medium length movies have been filmed based on three short stories and a short novel of him.

Education: Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky; MA in Spanish from the University of Louisville; BA in Agronomical Engineering  from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Palmira.

Teaching: 20th Century and Contemporary Spanish American Literature, and Creative Writing.

Research interest: Spanish American narrative (emphasis on short novel or nouvelle) and poetry.

Recent publications:

Versos para um ser ideal: “muger fermosa” de Juan Ruiz e “receita de mulher”  de Vinícius de Moraes. Trans. Eclair Antonio Almeida Filho. Chapbook. São Paulo: Lumme Editor, 2014, ISBN: 978-85-8234-058-5.

Mercedes (nouvelle), e-book. Copenhagen: Editorial Aurora Boreal, 2014, ISSN 1902-5815. 

Al otro lado del acaso (short stories), São Paulo: Lumme Editor, 2012. ISBN 978-85-62441-83-7.

Articles, essays:

“La novela corta moderna hispanoamericana como tema de un seminario interuniversitario.” Les Ateliers du SAL (Séminaire de Amérique Latine).Université Paris-Sorbonne. (Accepted).

“César Vallejo: para una educación en nuestras vidas.” Espergesia 2.1 (2015): 74-82  [released in 2016]

“Espacio, personaje y significado: La Llorona en La Señora de la Fuente (1996), de Luis Arturo Ramos.” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 64 (2015): 51-57.

 “La última escala del Tramp Steamer, o ‘Cuando escriba algo romántico me lo manda,  ¿no?’” Una selva tan infinita. La novela corta en México: 1891-2014. Vol. III. Eds. Gustavo Jiménez Aguirre and Gabriel Enríquez. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2014 [released in 2015]. 187-204.

 “De la ciudad leída a la ciudad vivida en La rueda de Chicago (2004) de Armando Romero.” RevistaCronopio 49 (2014) http://www.revistacronopio.com/?p=12528

Prosa do grande cineasta de Francisco dos Santos ou viagem au centro do caos” (translated into Portuguese by Fábio Aristimunho Vargas). ZUNÁI – Revista de poesia & debates. 26 (2013). http://www.revistazunai.com/ensaios/index.htm

Pensamientos de Guerra de Orlando Mejía Rivera, redención por la palabra que se agota hasta hacersesilencio.” Dossier Texas A&M international University, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. 58 (2013): xxii – xxviii


Dr. Samos

Dr. J. Agustín Martínez-Samos,
Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Education: PhD in Hispanic Literature, The University of Texas at Austin; MA in Hispanic Literature, The University of Texas at Austin; BA in History and Spanish Language and Literature,  University of California, Berkeley.

Teaching: 19th - 21st Centuries Peninsular Narrative; Contemporary Women's Peninsular Narrative.

Research Interest: Historical Memory, Traveling and Exile; Urban Space and Gender Relationships

Recent Publications: 

La reconstrucción de la identidad dañada: formación y el sujeto femenino como agente moral en“Habíamos Ganado la guerra” (2008) de Esther Tusquets. The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal. Vol 7, Issue I, Fall 2015-Spring 2016. 

La Quincena Soviética: Del examen de la identidad a la imposibilidad del amor.” Revista Pasavento, vol. II, nº 1 Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, 2014, 207-224.

“De la naturaleza y del hombre: hacia una aproximación eco-crítica de La Barraca (1898).” El naturalismo en España: aproximaciones desde una perspectiva actual. Efraín E. Garza, ed. Miami: Alexandria Library, 2013, 141-185.          

“Del exiliado en tiempos de guerra al trayecto del peregrino: La memoria histórica y el desplazamiento transatlántico en Los rojos de ultramar (2004) de Jordi Soler.” Dossier Texas A&M International University. Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. 58 (2013): xxxix-xxxvi.

 “La escritura de la liberación: memoria y subjetividad femenina en Hilo de Seda de Jaime B. Rosa.” An annex in Jaime B. Rosa's novel El embalsamador, Madrid: Visión Libros, 2010, 280-305.


Lola Norris

Dr. Lola Orellano Norris,
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Education: Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Linguistics from Texas A&M University; M.A. in Spanish Literature from Texas A&M International University. She holds a degree in German, Spanish and English Translation from the Dolmetscherschule Zurich, Switzerland.

Teaching: Translation, Spanish language, and literature.

Research interests: Translation Studies, Golden Age Literature and Historical Linguistics.

Her forthcoming book (Texas A&M University Press, Spring 2017) on Alonso de León’s expedition into Texas (1686-1690) analyzes the diaries kept by the general as he tried to locate La Salle’s colony and seize French intruders on the Texas coast.

Recent Publications:

Café con leche: colores e identidad en Silent Dancing, de Judith Ortiz Cofer”. Dossier texas A&M International University. Revista de Literatura Contemporánea Mexicana. 58 (2013): xxxvii-xliv.

Review of A Life Crossing Borders: Memoir of a Mexican-American Confederate, by Santiago Tafolla. Carmen Tafolla and Laura Tafolla, eds. Camino Real 5 (2011):  227-229.