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FAU Honors College Professor Carmen Cañete Quesada Receives Fulbright Award

JUPITER, Fla. (May 14, 2013) – Carmen Cañete Quesada, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, has received a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This grant is awarded by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

“I have been researching and writing about the Dominican Republic for nearly a decade,” said Cañete Quesada. “I will use the Fulbright period to provide a panoramic survey of current Dominican literature in an annotated anthology that brings together an array of voices belonging to Dominican and Dominican-American authors of the past 50 years.”

Cañete Quesada also will spend time teaching during her nine months in the Dominican Republic at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM - Mother and Teacher Pontifical Catholic University). In the fall, she will teach “Novísima literatura del Caribe” (“The Newest Caribbean Literature”), a course that examines political and cultural factors that shape Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican identities, and the ways in which authors of Caribbean parentage who were born and/or raised in the U.S. mainstream, portray these issues in their respective works. In the spring 2014, she will offer “El exilio español en el Caribe hispánico” (“ The Role of Spanish Exiles in the Nation-Building Programs within the Hispanic Caribbean ”), a course based on her recent book related to Spaniards who were displaced by their country’s civil war in 1936-39, and sought refuge in the Hispanic Caribbean.

 Cañete Quesada received a B.A. in Hispanic studies and English from the University of Córdoba, Spain, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic literature at the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University respectively. Her research interests embrace issues related to exile, race, and post- coloniality in the Hispanic Caribbean and Spain since the Spanish-American War from 1895-98.

Cañete Quesada is the author of El exilio español ante los programas de identidad cultural en el Caribe insular (1934-1954) ( The Spanish Exile to Cultural Identity Programs in the Insular Caribbean) , based on the experiences of three Spanish writers – Juan Ramón Jiménez, María Zambrano, and Eugenio F. Granell – who took up exile in the Hispanic Caribbean after the Spanish Civil War. She currently is working on a book manuscript devoted to the film scripts that the revolutionary Mexican writer Mauricio Magdaleno authored in conjunction with the Spanish Republican exile Max Aub during the 1950s, and is a member of the editorial boards of Afro-Hispanic Review and Voces del Caribe.

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