Professor of Portuguese
Born in the Azores, Portugal, emigrated to the US in 1963. Lived in California for 14 years; has resided in Amherst, MA for 30 years. Has taught Spanish and Portuguese language and literatures at the undergraduate level; Portuguese, Lusophone African, and Brazilian literatures at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and courses in Portuguese- and English-language literature of the Portuguese diaspora in the US. Literary critic, autobiographer, short story writer, and translator.
1972, Double B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA (summa cum laude)
1973, M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Studies, UCLA
1976, PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA
Dissertation: “A Lírica de Fernando Pessoa: Quatro Visões do Tempo”
A Lagoa dos Castores e Outras Narrativas da Minha Diáspora. (Ponta Delgada, Açores: Ver Açor, 2010.)
No Vale dos Pioneiros: narrativas da minha diáspora. (Praia da Vitória, Azores: Câmara Municipal, 2008)
Narrativas em Metamorfose: Abordagens Interdisciplinares, ed. with Irene Maria F. Blayer (Cuiabá: Universidade de Mato Grosso, XXXX)
Tradições Portuguesas / Portuguese Traditions: In Honor of Claude L. Hulet, ed. with Irene Maria F. Blayer (San Jose: Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, 2007)
Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity: Interdisciplinary Approaches, ed. with Irene Maria F. Blayer (New York: Peter Lang, 2007)
Um Passo Mais no Português Moderno: Gramática Avançada, Leituras, Composição e Conversação (Dartmouth: Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, 2004)
Desta e da Outra Margem do Atlântico: Estudos da Literatura Açoriana e da Diáspora (Lisboa: Salamandra, 2003)
Hard Knocks: An Azorean-American Odyssey (Providence: Gávea-Brown, 2000)
Metamorfoses do Amor: Estudos sobre a Ficção Breve de Jorge de Sena (Lisboa: Salamandra, 1999)
In the Beginning There Was Jorge de Sena’s (Santa Barbara: Jorge de Sena Center for Portuguese Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991).
Contemporary Portuguese Poetry and Short Story; Interrelations of the Arts; Lusophone African Literature; Representations of Orality in Literature; Literature of the Portuguese Diaspora; Practice of Autobiography, short story crónica, and short narrative in general; the works of Jorge de Sena, Vitorino Nemésio, and Fernando Pessoa.
Strong believer in the use of literary theory in the study of literature, but also believes that the latter must serve the former, not the other way round. Personally, practices a humanistically oriented type of eclectic criticism. Currently his interests in literary criticism and creative writing – both autobiography and short fiction – are about equal. Has published the translation of a novel, a novella, a volume of short stories, a volume of poetry, and has also published a co-translation of two volumes of poetry by Jorge de Sena, Metamorphoses (1991) and Art of Music (1988)