Profile: Asela Laguna

Professor Emerita

Faculty
Center for Migration and the Global City, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

 

 

Asela Rodríguez de Laguna received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is Professor of Spanish at Rutgers-Newark, was Director of Hispanic Civilization & Language Studies Program from 1992-1999, and twice has been Acting Chair of the Department of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers-Livingston Campus (2001-2002; 2004-2005).

She has been a contributor to G.B. Shaw (An Annotated Secondary Bibliography Series on English Literature in Transition 1880-1920)(1986), 500 Years of Changes and Continuity in Puerto Rico (1991), Good Reading, Christopher Columbus Encyclopedia (1992) and entries in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature, Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas and Encyclopedia Latina and others.

  • Departments

    Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University, Newark

  • Courses Taught

     

    Spanish 489 and 501 (Graduate course) on “El periodismo en la literatura hispánica” (Summer 2004, New Brunswick) Seminar, Spanish 417 on “El periodismo en el mundo hispánico: de la teoría a la práctica,” (new course)- Fall 2003 Graduate Seminar, New Brunswick: Cristóbal Colón en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea: versiones e invenciones,” Summer 2002
    Spanish-American Literature of the Post-Boom 
    Contemporary Hispanic Theater
    Contemporary Latin American Novel 
    Hispanic Film and Literature 
    Latin American Literature of the Post-Boom 
    Hispanic Civilization
    Slave, Race and Black Experience in Spanish-American Literature
    Introduction to Spanish Literature
    Introduction to Latin American Literature
    Hispanic Contemporary Theater
    Freshman Seminar on "The Americas Look at Each Other" 
    Seminar at William Paterson College, "The Americas Look at Each Other: Images,
    Perceptions and Misrepresentations in Literature and Popular Culture" (1992) 
    Seminar on "Christopher Columbus in Literature" (1986;1989; 1992)
    Contemporary Caribbean Novel (Seminar)
    Contemporary Latin American Drama (Seminar)
    Colonial Spanish-American Literature
    Nineteenth Century Spanish-American Literature
    Black Experience in the Spanish Caribbean
    History of the Spanish Language
    Puerto Rican Literature
    Puerto Rican Narrative
    Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture  
    Spanish for Business
    Introduction to Hispanic Literature
    Introduction to Latin American Literature
    Spanish Grammar, Conversation and Composition
    Intermediate and Elementary Spanish
     
  • Education

    Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois

    B.A., Humanities, University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez)

     

  • Publications

    Books Authored:
    George Bernard Shaw en el mundo hispánico. Río Piedras: University of Puerto Rico Press, 1981, 153 pages.
    Reviewed in The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies (1983), pp. 246-249; Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos (September 1883), 156-158; Hispamérica XII, 34-35 (1983), 178-180.

     
    Books Edited:
    The Global Impact of Portuguese Language and Culture. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 2001.
    Images and Identities: The Puerto Rican in Two World Contexts. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1987, 276 pages.
    Reviewed in: El Nuevo Día (Sunday, May 17, 1987); Perspective (Sept.-Dec. 1987), 129-130; Hispanic Review, No. 56 (1988), 128-130; AmericanHistorical Review, Vol. 68, l (Feb. 1988), 164-165; The Times of the Americas (Dec. 28, 1988); British Bulletin & Publications (October 1987), 36; Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, LXVI, 1 (Jan. 1989), 95-97; The Americas Review, XII (Spring 1989), 124-125.
    Imágenes e identidades: El Puertorriqueño en la literatura. Río Piedras: Ediciones Huracán, 1985, 322 pages.
    Reviewed in Hispamérica, XV, 45 (1986), 94-95: El Mundo (Sunday, April 27, 1986), 61; Actualidades, Año XI (1986), 53; Hispanorama (Nov. 1986), 44: Chasqui, XVII, 1 (May 1988), 110-113; Lector V (1988), 62; Faro VIII, 10-11 (1987), 86-87.
     
    Pamphlets:
    Notes on Puerto Rican Literature: Images and Identities-An Introduction. Newark: Rutgers, Conference on Images and Identities, 1987, 106 pages.
     
    Contributor:
    G. B. Shaw (Annotated Secondary Bibliography Series on English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. Donald C. Haberman, Ed.
    Dekalb: U of Illinois Press, 1986. (Responsible for all bibliographical items from the Spanish language).
     
    Chapters in books:
    “Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets: Writing as a Nuyorican/Puerto Rican Strategy for Survival,” U.S. Latino Literature-A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers. Harold Augenbraum & M. Fernández-Olmos, eds. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000, 21-29.
     
    “Una visita a El regreso de Colón, del puertorriqueño Manuel María Sama," in Manuel María Sama: Obras completas, ed. Roberto Ramos-Perea. San Juan, P.R.: Ed. LEA, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, 2000, 126-128. Reprinted from El Cuervo (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Aguadilla), Núm. 10 (julio a diciembre 1993), 57-62.
     
    "Columbus in Hispanic Literature," The Christopher Columbus Encyclopedia, ed. Silvio A. Bedini. Vol. II. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992, pp. 430-433.
     
    “The Puerto Rican Literary Heritage/La herencia literaria puertorriqueña," in 500 Years of Change and Continuity: Puerto Rico, ed. Paquita Vivo, Washington, D.C.: Institute for Puerto Rican Affairs, Inc., 1991, pp.41-64.
     
    "U.S. Hispanic Literature," Good Reading. 23rd ed. Arthur Waldhorn, Olga Weber and Arthur Zeigler, eds. New York: Bowker Co., 1990, pp. 115-122..
     
    "American Minority Cultures: Hispanic-Chicano," Good Reading. 22nd ed. Arthur Waldhorn, Olga Weber and arthur Zeigler, eds. New York: Bowker Co, 1985, 114-118.
     
    Articles:
     
    “Ignacio Amestoy y algunas constantes de su teatro,” Estreno (Cuadernos del Teatro Español Contemporáneo), XXIX, 2 (Fall 2003), 60-66.
     
    ”Magali García-Ramis, Ana Lydia Vega y la ensayística puertorriqueña actual,”EL CUERVO (U of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla), No. 16 (July-Dec. 1996), 25-32.
     
    "Cristóbal Colón en el teatro hispánico," Estreno (Cuadernos del Teatro Español Contemporáneo), XVlll, 2 (Fall 1992), 15-18.
     
    "Recientes versiones literarias sobre Colón en Estados Unidos," Atenea (Chile), No. 461 (1990), 193-199. Reprinted as "Versiones literarias: Colón en los Estados Unidos," Linden Lane Magazine (Princeton), Vol. lX, 1-2 (JanJune 1990), 17-18
     
    "René Marqués como crítico teatral," Journal of Hispanic Literatures (6th Annual Conference (1983), 349-356.
     
    "Balance novelístico del trienio 1876-1978: Conjunción de signos tradicionales y rebeldes en Puerto Rico," Hispamérica, VIII, 23-24 (1979), 133-142.
     
    "G. Bernard Shaw y Nemesio R. Canales: relaciones e influencias," Sin Nombre, Vlll, 2 (July-Sept. 1977), 34-45.
     
    "El teatro de Jaime Carrero," Revista Chicano-Riqueña, V, 3 (Summer 1977), 26-31.
     
    "En torno a Inventario de Díaz Valcárcel," Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, XlX, 72 (July-Sept. 1976), 4-6.
     
    “Puerto Rican Narrative: Aspects of Frustration," Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, II, 1 (May 1976), 53-62.
     
    "Arms and the Man y El héroe galopante: la desmitificación del heroismo,” Latin American Theatre Review, X, 1 (Spring 1976), 63-67.
     
    "La trayectoria de la novelística puertorriqueña contemporánea (1950-1973)," Revista Chicano-Riqueña, lV, 1 (Spring 1976), 34-45.
     
    "Visión de la mujer en la sociedad contemporánea: Amy Koosky y Leche de la Virgen Azul," Review/Revista Interamericana, Vl, 2 (Summer 1975),268-275.
     
    "Las últimas comedias de Usigli: ¿efebocracia o gerontocracia?," Latin American Theatre Review, Vlll (Fall 1974), 45-48.
     
    "Shaw and the Hispanic World: A Bibliography," Modern Drama, XlV, 3 (Dec.1971), 333-339.
     
    Entries in Encyclopedia:
    “Amelia Agostini de del Río” (7-8), “María Arrillaga,” ( 44-45), “José Agustín Balseiro” ( 60-61), “Julia de Burgos” (16-17, with D. H. Figueredo), “Nemesio R. Canales”(130-131), “Jaime Carrero” (140-141), “Cayetano Coll y Toste”(181-182), “José I. De Diego Padró” ( 250-252), “Diepalismo” ( 252), ‘Guanina,” ( 350-351), “Luis Hernández Aquino” (383-384), “Enrique Laguerre” ( 438-439), “Luis López Nieves” ( 467-468) in Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature, ed. D. H. Figueredo. Vol. I. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006.
     
    “History of Puerto Rican Literature”(with D.H. Figueredo, 660-664), “Josefina Rivera de Alvarez”(686-687), “Carmelo Rodríguez Torres” ( 695-696) in Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature, ed. D. H. Figueredo. Vol II. Wesport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006.
     
    “1492". Encyclopedia Latina. History, Culture and Society in the United States. Eds. Stavans, Ilan & Harold Augenbraum. Danbury, Conn.: Grolier Academic Reference, 2005. Vol. 1, 1-4.
     
    “Eugenio María de Hostos”. Encyclopedia Latina. Ibid. Vol 2, 326-328.
     
    “Antonia Pantoja”. Encyclopedia Latina. Ibid. Vol. 3, 314-315.
     
    “Félix Varela”. Encyclopedia Latina. Ibid. Vol 4, 248-250.
     
    “Miriam Colon”. The Encyclopedia of Latino and Latinas. NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.
     
    Reviews:
    “On the re-Edition of Fuentes’ Christopher Unborn”, Studies in 20th & 21th Century Literature. 32, 1 (Winter 2008), 219-221.
     
    “Lopez, Kimberley S. Latin American Novels of the Conquest. Reinventing the New World,” in Chasqui (May 2005).
     
    “Adolfo A. Jiménez Benítez. Historia de las revistas literarias puertorriqueñas,” El Cuervo, 23 (Jan.-June 2000), 55-58.
     
    “Angélica o El rescate de una poeta decimonónica puertorriqueña olvidada,” El Cuervo, 18 (Aug.-Dec. 1998), 43-46. Also in Torre de Papel (Ohio). VIII. 1 (Spring 1998), 133-135.
     
    "Mañana Valentina, de María Arrillaga," Linden Lane Magazine, XV, 1(Sp. 1996), 25-26.
     
    "Christopher Unbound, Carlos Fuentes," The Core Review (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ), Fall 1992, 16-17.
     
    "The Crown of Columbus, Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich," The Core Review, Fall 1992, pp. 17-18.
     
    "Antonio Gala. Cristóbal Colón," Estreno, Vol. XVIII, No. 1 (Spring 1992), 52-53.
     
    "Foster Provost. Columbus: An Annotated Guide to the Scholarship on His Life and Writings, 1750 to 1988." Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía. XLI, 4 (1991), 686-687.
     
    "El hombre que no sudaba, by Jaime Carrero; La casa y la llama fiera, by Carmelo Rodríguez Torres; La noche oscura del niño Avilés, by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá," Melus (The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States). Xlll, 1-2 (Spring-Summer 1986), 143-147.
     
    "David William Foster. Puerto Rican Literature- A Bibliography of Secondary Sources," Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía. XXXlll, 2 (1983), 259-260.
     
    "Julio Marzán, Inventing a World: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Puerto Rican Poetry and Efraín Barradas, Herejes y mitificadores: muestras de poesía puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos," Review/Revista Interamericana, X, 3 (Fall 1980), 421- 422.
     
    "Luis Cartañá (Canciones olvidadas and Límites al mar); Primo Castrillo (Hermano viento); Francisco Lluch Mora (Canto desesperado a la ceniza) and Francisco Matos Paoli (Antología minuto)," Hispamérica, lX, 25-26 (1980), 185-186.
     
    "Felita, by Nicholasa Mohr," Revista Chicano-Riqueña, Vll, 2 (Spring 1980), 57-59.
     
    "The Anxiety of Influence (Harold Bloom)," Sin Nombre, lX, 1 (April-June 1978), 97-99.
     
    "El hombre J. B.(Roberto Cruz Barreto)," Explicación de Textos Literarios, Vl, 1(1977), 114.
     
    "Introduction to Comparative Literature (Francois Jost," Sin Nombre, Vll, 4 (Jan.- March 1977), 81-83.
     
    "Melville en el mundo hispánico (José de Onís)," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Winter 1977, 112-114.
     
    "El 27 y el nacionalismo: vino viejo en odres nuevos," Boletín de la Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños, July-Sept. 1975, p. 12.
     
    "Isla en las voces del cuento (Isabel Cuchi Coll)," Inter-American Review of Bibliography, XXV, 1 (Jan.-March 1975), 67-68.
     
    "Shaw `The Chucker-Out'. A Biographical Exposition and Critique (Allen Chapellow)," Comparative Literature Studies, Xl, 4 (Dec. 1974), 359.
     
    "Mambrú se fue a la guerra (José Luis González)," Revista Chicano-Riqueña, II, 2 (Spring 1974), 55-59.
     
    "G. B. Shaw in Argentina," (a review of two books by Anderson Imbert). The Shavian Review, XVl, 3 (Sept. 1973), 113-114.
     
    Articles in non referred publications:
    “Puerto Rico y los puertorriqueños en el amplio mosaico hispanos/latino en los Estados Unidos,” Influencia hispana en los Estados Unidos, ed. Sadie Hernández. Vol. 1. Union City, NJ: Save Latin America, 2006, 453-456.
     
    Preface, “Introducción a dos voces,” Exercício de Pintura by João Martins. New Jersey, 2001), 1-3.
     
    "Encuentro: A View of Hispanic Art," introductory essay to Newark Museum Catalog for art exhibition entitled Encuentro: A View of Hispanic Art (sponsored by the Foundation of Hispanic Women Artists), October 13-November 14, 1993, pp. 4-6
     
    "Columbus: A Man of Many Literary Faces," Humanities (A New Jersey Committee for the Humanities Newsletter), Fall 1989, p. 4.
     
    "Preface," and "Introduction," to Literature and Society of the Puerto Rican People; A Syllabus for Secondary Schools, by Dr. Sonia Nieto and Dr. Roberto
     
    Márquez. Newark: Rutgers, Conference on Images and Identities, 1985.
     
    Translations:
    From English to Spanish: Frank Dauster's "Imagen de la ciudad: tres generaciones
    puertorriqueñas en Nueva York;" Eneid Routte-Gómez' "Schomburg, los `Young Lords' y yo;" Piri Thomas' "Regreso al hogar: Un Neoyorican en Puerto Rico;"
    Miguel Algarín's "Estética nuyorican;" Sandra María Esteves' "Ambivalencia o
    activismo desde la perspectiva poética de los nuyoricans," and "El punto de vista femenino y la mujer puertorriqueña en la poesía de los Estados Unidos;" Kal Wagenheim's "Mi lucha con La charca;" Sarah Meléndez' "La literatura puertorri-
    queña: ¿qué es eso?;" and Nicolas Kanellos' "Hacia una historia de la literatura
    hispánica en los Estados Unidos," published in IMAGENES E IDENTIDADES: EL PUERTORRIQUEÑO EN LA LITERATURA (1985).
     
    Work in progress:
    Working to complete book-length study about Columbus in USA Literature
     
    Accepted for publication:
    Two essays, “Las agonías de Colón en el teatro” (14 pages) and “Cristóbal Colón en el teatro” (17 pages) in Ollantay (Special issue devoted to Columbus’ 500th death Anniversary).
     
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