Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa

Chair

Professor

Spanish: Poetry through the Ages, Spanish and Latin American Literary and Cultural Criticism, Relationship among the Arts, The Creative Process.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Rei Berroa spent his formative years in his home country, went to Puerto Rico for his undergraduate studies, and taught Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry in the Dominican Republic. In 1973, he spent a year studying at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, and in 1974 taught History and Geography at Colegio San Antonio in Santo Domingo. That summer he went to Spain and in the fall returned to Puerto Rico to teach.

In summer 1975 he moved to Spain. Besides studying at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and Middlebury College in Madrid, he spent four years in Spain writing poetry, researching all aspects of Spanish poetry, life, and culture and traveling from town to town with Eulalia, his guitar. In 1979, he went to Pittsburgh, PA, to complete his doctoral studies. Originally interested in the cultural myths of the Native Americans, he completed a dissertation on ideology and rhetoric in the writings of Spanish poet Miguel Hernández. Before arriving at George Mason University in the summer of 1984, he taught at Humboldt State University in California and at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.

His teaching and scholarly interests are mainly in the areas of contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature, culture, and literary theory (especially poetry). He has published more than 45 books of poetry, literary criticism, anthologies and translations in Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela.

Current Research

Having finished an edited volume on motherhood and poetics, Professor Berroa's research is now focused toward another new topic that has interested him for many years: the "poetics of heresy" ("poéticas heréticas" in Spanish), a research that combines literary and political theory with the historiography of dissent. That on top of his constant research on poetic expressions of all kind. At this moment there are three branches of research for his creative endeavors: the lullaby, what he calls the "bifid" expression of the dual language in which we live as bilingual individuals, and the world of aphorisms.

Selected Publications

El cuerpo hendido: Poéticas de la m/p/aternidad. Edited with María Ángeles Pérez López, from the University of Salamanca (Essays, Forthcoming at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico).

Son palomas pensajeras. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala: Metáfora Editores, 2016 (Poetry).

De quites y querencias: antojología de poemas y poéticas (1974-2014). Santo Domingo, D.R.: Publicaciones del Ministerio de Cultura, 2014. (A 557-page anthology of his poetry.) 

Eufemistica per vivere tranquilli [poetry anthology]. Translated into Italian by Gaetano Longo and Daria Potok. Trieste, Italy: Franco Puzzo Editore, 2011. Premio Internazionale Trieste Poesia 2011.

Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana. Two Volumes. Santo Domingo, RD: Ediciones del Banco Central, 2008 (Volume I) & 2009 (Volume II).

Expanded Publication List

POETRY

Fortunario insólito para convivir con la lengua y unas cuantas cicatrices. Monterrey, Mexico: Ediciones Caletita, 2014. (Poetry)

Libro de los dones y los bienes. Mexico, DF: Ediciones Fósforo and Universidad Nacional de Nuevo León, 2013. (Poetry) Also published in 2007 in Caracas, Venezuela at El Perro y la Rana. This edition sold out the same day it was launched.

Vocea interioară. Poetry Anthology translated into Romanian by Diana M. Nicolăescu. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Grinta, 2012. Prix International Mihai Eminescu, Romania.

Otridades: Lámpara de los encuentros. Zamora, Spain: El Sinsonte en el Patio Vecino, 2010. Declared "recommended reading" by the Association of Poetry Publishers of Spain (January 2011).

De adinamia de mente de umnesia. Dramatic monologue on the loss of memory through Alzheimer’s disease (poetry). Prologue by María Angeles Pérez López; presentations by Héctor Carreto and Sofía Díaz Miranda (neurologist). Villahermosa, Tabasco: Editorial Maúcho, 2010.

Jerarquías. CD recording. Villahermosa, Tabasco: Editorial Maúcho, 2009.

 

POETRY ANTHOLOGIES

Ganarse la vida para siempre. Selection, Introduction and Notes.Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna, 2017.

Puesto ya el pie en el estribo. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna, 2016.

Lengua del alma la pluma. Selection, Introduction, Epilogue, and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna, 2015.

Cuerpo de ahora. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna, 2014.

Cuadernos del retorno a la escritura en libertad. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna, 2013.

Veinte veces Luna es Poesía. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna 2012.

Palabra cargada de futuro. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: Libros de la Luna 2011.

Que no cesen rumores. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo: República Dominicana: Libros de la Luna, 2010

El incierto mañana generoso. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Libros de la Luna, 2009

¿Cuándo has visto salir medio sol? Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Libros de la Luna, 2008.

Cauteloso engaño del sentido. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Libros de la Luna, 2007.

Voces y memorias de la Luna. Selection, Introduction and Notes. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Libros de la Luna, 2006.

Poetas en la Casa de la Luna. Selection, Introduction and Notes. With Margarito Cuéllar. Mexico: Verdehalago, 2005.

 

LITERARY CRITICISM

Miguel Hernández: Convergencias simbólicas de una cosmovisión que actúa incesante sobre el mundo. Studia Iberica et Americana, 2, 2 (December 2015): 112-145.

“Palabras-Texto: Ideologemas en la prosa de guerra de Miguel Hernández.” In: Sánchez García, Remedios and Ramón Martínez López, editors, Literatura y compromiso: Federico Garcia Lorca y Miguel Hernández. Madrid: Visor Libros, 2011. 373-393.

“De Perito en lunas a Los hijos de la piedra: intuición de una expresividad político-profética.” Larrabide, Aitor and Elvia Ardalani, editors, Miguel Hernández desde América. Prologue by Juan Cano Ballesta. Edinburg, TX: Fundación Cultural Miguel Hernández and University of Texas-Pan American Press, 2011. 55-64.

“Desideologización y lenguaje poético en la obra de José Mármol.” In Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana (1980-2008). Santo Domingo: Publicaciones del Banco Central de la República Dominicana, 2008. 79-94.

“Eros/Thánatos y otras parejas conceptuales en la poesía de Martha Rivera.” In Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana (1980-2008). Santo Domingo: Publicaciones del Banco Central de la República Dominicana, 2008. 95-111.

Recordar para vivir: Historia, alegoría y dialéctica en la crónica de Pedro Mir.” In Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana (1930-1980). Santo Domingo: Publicaciones del Banco Central de la República Dominicana, 2008. 39-67.

“Whitman en tinta y tiempo o la medida profética de su propio canto.” In Biblioteca de México, 89 (September/October 2005): 29-37.

“La memoria contra el olvido: El conocimiento por los sentidos en la poesía de Martha Rivera.”  Ruiz Barrionuevo, Carmen, editor, et al. La literatura iberoamericana en el 2000: Balances, perspectivas y prospectivas. Salamanca: Publicaciones de la Universidad, 2003: 2126-34[CD-R].

“Al tercer día el poeta subió a los cielos: García Lorca cumple 100 años.” Jointly published in Hispanic Culture Review of George Mason University (Fall 1997-Spring 1998: 7-19) and Umbral [Dominican Republic] (January-May 1998: 12-22).

“Formación y transformación del héroe hernandiano.” In Miguel Hernández, cincuenta años después. Actas del I Congreso Internacional Miguel Hernández. Alicante, Elche, Orihuela: Comisión del Homenaje, 1993. 411-424.

“Poetry and Painting: García Lorca's Dual Manifestation of Symbol and Metaphor.” In Manuel Durán and Francesca Colecchia, Lorca's Legacy. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. 30-50. (Appendix to the article, 215-238).

“La palabra y los demonios poéticos de Fernando Arbeláez.” Texto Crítico, 42 (Jan-June 1990): 33-44

“Poesía y pintura: La manifestación dual de símbolo y metáfora en la imaginación lorquiana.” Mundaiz [Universidad de Deusto, Spain], 35 (Jan-June 1989): 27-59.

“La crítica de Fuentes como lectura conflictiva: De Fuentes, a España, a Cervantes.” In Texto Crítico, 36 37 (Jan Dec 1988): 44-53.

Ideología y retórica: las prosas de guerra de Miguel Hernández. Mexico: Editorial Libros de Mexico, 1988.

Guest Editor of La literatura dominicana en el siglo XX, special issue devoted to the literature of the Dominican Republic. Revista Iberoamericana [Pittsburgh], 142 (Jan-March, 1988).

Co-founder [1987], co-editor [to 1990], member of the Board [to 1999] of the bi-monthly Mundo: Problemas y Confrontaciones [Mexico City], a journal of cross disciplinary studies in Philosophy, Culture, Literature, and Politics. [Since 1990 Mundo: Culturas y gente].

“Recordar para vivir: Historia, alegoría y dialéctica en la crónica de Pedro Mir.” In Revista Iberoamericana, 142 (Jan March 1988): 27-51.

“Iconos y representación en el Bestiario de Cortázar.” In Plural [México], 187 (March 1987): 6-13. [First honorary mention in the 1986 Journal Plural International Essay Prize.]

Literature of the Americas. 2 Vols. With M. Hamilton, J. Livingston, D.E. Parris, and J. Plotz.  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall & Hunt for the International University Consortium, 1986.

“Discurso poético y exilio interior: La poesía española en los inicios del franquismo.” In Cuadernos Americanos, 44 (Jan-Feb 1985): 170-185.

“Sobre “Muerte constante más allá del amor” de García Márquez.” In Discurso Literario [Oklahoma], 1 (Fall 1983): 5-15.

“Presencia y sentido de la fauna en Aleixandre.” In Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos [Madrid], 352-354 (Oct-Dec, 1979): 434-450.

Grants and Fellowships

With Professor Lisa Gring-Pemble, New Century College, who directed the program in the summer 2011, Prof. Berroa directed the State Department Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders [SUSI], Winter 2012. The program, titled: “E pluribus Unum—Out of Many, One: Contemporary United States’ Society in Context”, offered 21 students from underrepresented segments of the Bolivian, Paraguayan, and Peruvian society the unforgettable opportunity to learn and experience the history, politics, life, and culture of the United States from January 6 to February 11, 2012.

Courses Taught

Current

Span 484: Del siglo de las luces a las luces de este siglo: Literatura moderna y contemporánea de España [Siglos XVIII-XXI] Undergraduate

Education

Rei Berroa completed his undergraduate work in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Ponce, 1970) and began his graduate work at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Spain (Málaga,1974; Madrid, 1976). He completed an M.A. in Spanish Literature at Middlebury College (1977) and the University of Pittsburgh (1979), and his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh (1983).