Professor of Spanish

Born in Cuba but raised in the United States, Perelmuter received her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. She is the author of two books on the renowned seventeenth century Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Noche intelectual: La oscuridad idiomática en el Primero sueño (México, D.F.: UNAM, 1982) and Los límites de la femineidad en Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Estrategias retóricas y recepción literaria (Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2004). Her research interests include Spanish American colonial literature, especially poetry; contemporary Spanish American narrative; Latino literature and culture, and the literary and cultural production of Latin American Jewry. Currently she is at work on a book-length study of the negotiations of space in a sixteenth-century epic poem written in Spanish America, Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana. As time allows, she is also writing a memoir of her life in Cuba, tentatively entitled “Growing up Jewish in Havana: Culture, Identity and Community.”

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