LIFE BEFORE THE PILGRIMS: A PERUVIAN TELLS THE HISTORY OF ‘LA FLORIDA’
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at The Graduate Center and The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Among her recent publications are: an annotated and modernized edition of the poetry by Clarinda and Amarilis, two unknown authors of colonial Perú (Catholic University of Peru, 2009); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras”. Voces poéticas virreinales (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2008), La palabra y la pluma en “Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno” (PUCP, 2005), and a collection of essays, Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and “La Florida del Inca” / Franqueando fronteras: Garcilaso de la Vega and “La Florida del Inca” (2006), that has appeared simultaneously in English (Bucknell UP) and Spanish (Catholic University of Peru). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning, interdisciplinary journal Colonial Latin American Review and has been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She serves as board member of the following publications: Calíope, Chasqui, Ciberletras, Hofstra Hispanic Review, Itinerarios, Review: Latin American Literature and Arts, and Revista Hostosiana, and twice has been elected to the presidency of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature (1985-87; 1997-2000). A frequent key-note speaker at conferences and symposia, Chang-Rodríguez co-anchored “Charlando con Cervantes”, a program of interviews with prominent personalities sponsored by CUNY-TV and the Instituto Cervantes (1995-04). She is Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language, affiliate of the Spanish Royal Academy of the Language.
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