Lucia Cunningham

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Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
School of Humanities
PH.D., University of Kansas
Phone: (949) 824-5560
Fax: (949) 824-2803
University of California, Irvine
322D Humanities Hall
Mail Code: 5275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Latin American literature, literary theory, and women's studies
Research Abstract
Lucía Guerra was born in Santiago, Chile and she is at present professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Irvine. As a critic, she specializes in Critical Theory, Gender Studies, and Creative Writing. Her article entitled "Cutural Identity and the Dilemma of Self in Latin American Women's Literature" won the Plural Essay Award in 1987. Her book La mujer fragmentada: Historias de un signo was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize in 1994. She has published about seventy critical essays in scholarly magazines in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.A. In 1979, Lucía Guerra won the Annual Translation Award sponsored by Columbia University and the Council of the Arts, for her book New Islands, a translation of María Luisa Bombal's work which was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1981.

As a fiction writer, Lucía Guerra intends to give voice to women's silenced experiences; in her writing she denounces social subordination and she explores the subversive power of female eroticism. In 1989, her short story entitled "The Virgins Passion" obtained the first Prize in the international contest sponsored by the magazine Plural in Mexico. Her collection of short stories entitled Frutos Extraños obtained in 1991 the Primio Letras de Oro sponsored by the University of Miami and the government of Spain. In 1992, Frutos Extraños also won the Municipal Prize of Literature in Chile. In 1997, Lucía Guerra received the Gabriela Mistral Award (Coté-femmes éditions in Paris) for the outstanding quality of her fiction.

Latin American Web Resources
Mujer y escritura Fundamentos teoricos de la critica feminista
Las Noches de Carmen Miranda.
The Street of Night (a translation of the novel Muñeca brava). Berkshire: Garnet Publishing.
La mujer fragmentada: Historias de un signo. Bogotá: Editorial CoCultura, 1994. Santiago, Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio.
Los dominios ocultos. Bogota: La Oveja Negra.
Más allá de las máscaras. Five editions. Mexico: Premiá Editora, 1984; Pittsburgh: Latin America Literary Review Press, 1986; Santiago, Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 1990, 1994, Bogota: Indigo, 1997.
Frutos extraños. Three editions. Caracas: Monte Avila Editores, 1991; Miami: Iberian Studies Institute, 1992; Santiago, Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio
Muñeca brava. Caracas: Monte Avila Editores.
Splintering Darkness: Latin america women in Search of Themselves. Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press.
Texto e ideología en la narrativa chilena. Minneapolis: The Prisma Institute.
Tradición y marginalidad en la literatura chilena del siglo XX. Los Angeles: Ediciones de la Frontera.
Mujer y sociedad en América Latina. Santiago, Chile: Editorial del Pacífico.
La narrativa de María Luisa Bombal: Una visión de la existencia femenina. Madrid: Editorial Playor
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