Roberto González Echevarría

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Sterling Professor Emeritus of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures
Ph.D. Yale University (1970)

Areas of interest: Latin American literature, Colonial Spanish American literature, Spanish Golden Age literature, Comparative literature.

Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University. B.A. University of South Florida (1964), MA, Indiana University (1966), MPh. Yale (1968), Ph.D.Yale (1970); Honorary Doctorates: Colgate (1987); U. of South Florida (2000); Columbia (2002). In 1999 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Symposium in Honor of RGE, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo, November 21-23, 2002. Issue in Honor of RGE: Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana (Madrid), no. 33 (2004). Presidential Honor: National Humanities Medal, 2010, bestowed by Barak Obama at the White House.  Taught at Yale (1970-71) Cornell (1971-77), where he one of first editors of Diacritics; since 1977 at Yale, where he was awarded the first endowed chair in Spanish (R.Selden Rose). In 1991 named Bass Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and in 1995 Sterling Professor, the highest ranking university chair at Yale.  He chaired Spanish and Portuguese (16 years) and also chaired Latin American Studies. RGE has lectured throughout the US, Europe, and Latin America, and was first Hispanist at the School for Criticism and Theory. In 2001 he spoke at Oxford, Cambridge, Berlin, and UCLA. In 2002 he delivered the DeVane Lectures, Yale’s most prestigious series. In 2003 seminars at Columbia. Cervantes Lecture at MLA 2004. Since 2005 Boston U., Wisconsin, Salamanca, Alcalá de Henares, Rome, Munich, Universidad Católica de Chile, Colegio de México, Heidelberg, Oxford, etc.

A speaker of Spanish, English, French and Italian, RGE is interested in Spanish, Latin American, French, and Italian literatures. Has been active in critical theory.  He is on the board of The Yale Review. Currently or formerly on the boards of Hispanic Review, Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, and other journals in the US and abroad. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Senior NEH Fellowship. His Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (Cambridge, 1990) won awards from the Modern Language Association of America and the Latin American Studies Association. His C-D Rom Miguel de Cervantes received a prize from Choice. The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball (Oxford, 1999) won the first Dave Moore Award (Most Important Book on Baseball, 2000). In 2014 he was awarded the National Prize for Criticism by the Instituto Cubano del Libro for Lecturas y relecturas.

 Other books: Relecturas (1976), Calderón and la crítica (1976), Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home (1977), Isla a su vuelo fugitiva: ensayos críticos sobre literatura hispanoamericana (1983), The voice of the Masters: Writing and Authority in Modern Latin American Literature (1985), La ruta de Severo Sarduy (1986) and Celestina’s Brood (1993). Co-edited three-volume Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (1996) and edited Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997). In 1999 Almar (Salamanca) published En un lugar de La Mancha: estudios cervantinos en honor de Manuel Durán, co-edited with Georgina Dopico-Black. Mexico’s Fondo de Cultura Económica published a Spanish version of Myth and Archive, and Colibrí in Madrid one of Celestina’s Brood. In 2002 Fondo de Cultura brought out Crítica práctica/Práctica, a collection of essays on Latin American Literature. In 2005 Yale Press published Love and the Law in Cervantes and Oxford Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote: A Casebook.  In 2008 Renacimiento, in Seville, brought out Oye mi son: testimonios y ensayos sobre literatura hispanoamericana, Verbum in Madrid Cartas de Carpentier, and Gredos Amor y ley en Cervantes.  In 2009 Yale published Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina, ed. RGE,  tr. Margaret Sayers Peden.  Yale published Cuban Fiestas in 2010 and a new translation of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna with an introduction by RGE.  In 2014 the University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil, published Monstros e archivos, a collection of his essays in Portuguese translation.  In 2014 the Yale University Press published his Cervantes’ Don Quixote, derived from the on-line course.  In 2016 Yale University Press published his edition of Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels, translated by Edie Grossman.

Author of over one hundred and fifty articles and reviews in American, Latin American, and European journals, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Review of Books and other national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Nation, and USA Today.  His work has appeared in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Persian, and soon Chinese.

Videotaped in the fall of 2009, SPAN 300, RGE’s lecture course on Cervantes’s Don Quijote is available on the web through Yale Open Courses.

RGE has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, among others, grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.

RGE is a private pilot with an instrument rating.