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Gustavo Pérez-Firmat

David Feinson Professor of Humanities

Gustavo Pérez Firmat teaches modern Spanish, Spanish-American, and Latino literature. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation. In 2004 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His articles and reviews have appeared in Daedalus, PMLA, Hispanic Review, Romanic Review, Cuban Studies, Latin American Research Review, Revista Iberoamericana, Diacritics, and many other journals. His books of literary and cultural criticism include: Idle Fictions (1982); Literature and Liminality (1986); The Cuban Condition (1989); Do the Americas Have a Common Literature? (editor; 1990); Life on the Hyphen (1994; Spanish version: Vidas en vilo,  2000); My Own Private Cuba (1999); Cincuenta lecciones de exilio y desexilio (2000); Tongue Ties (2003); and The Havana Habit (2010). He is one of the co-editors the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010). He is also the author of several collections of poetry in English and Spanish: Carolina Cuban (1987); Equivocaciones (1989); Bilingual Blues (1995); Scar Tissue (2005); of a novella, Anything but Love (2000); and a memoir, Next Year in Cuba (1995; Spanish version: El año que viene estamos en Cuba, 1997). Life on the Hyphen was awarded the Eugene M. Kayden University Press National Book Award and received Honorable Mention in the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award. A revised, updated edition will appear in 2012. Before coming to Columbia, Pérez Firmat taught at Duke University, where in 1997 he was named Scholar-Teacher of the Year, Duke’s highest award for teaching excellence.

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