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José N. Ornelas

Professor

Contact Information

Location: Herter, Room #422
Phone: (413) 545-4921
Email: ornelas@spanport.umass.edu

 

Biography

Born in Madeira Island, Portugal.  Emigrated to the United States in 1961.  In New York City where he lived from 1961-1974, he completed his secondary education, and received his B. A. (1969) and M. A. (1972) from Queens College.

In 1976, he was awarded his Ph. D. from the City University of New York in Hispanic Languages and Literatures.  He has been a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1974. From 1999-2007, he was the Chair/Director of Spanish and Portuguese, and from 1997-2008 he was the Director of the BDIC Program, the largest interdisciplinary program at the University. 

His scholarly work has appeared in many journals and books, here and abroad.  He has published mostly on contemporary Portuguese writers, including the ’98 Nobel Prize winner in literature, José Saramago.  In 2007, he co-edited with Paulo de Medeiros a volume on Saramago, Da possibilidade do impossível: Leituras de Saramago.

Education

1969, B.A. Spanish and Portuguese Literature, Queens College
1972, M.A. Portuguese Literature, Queens College
1976, Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Luso-Brazilian Studies), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Select Publications

Da possibilidade do impossível: Leituras de Saramago. Co-edition with
Paulo de Medeiros. Utrecht: Portuguese Studies Center, University of
Utrecht, 2007.

“José Saramago e a sua visão da História de Portugal.” Da possibilidade do
impossível: Leituras de Saramago
. Co-edition with Paulo de Medeiros. Utrecht: Portuguese Studies Center, University of Utrecht, 2007.

“General Study of the Work of José Saramago.” Dictionary of Literary
Biography
. Vol. 332. (San Francisco: Gale Group, 2007). 91-111.
Revision and augmentation of a previous entry published in Vol. 287.

“Convergences and Divergences Between Saramago’s Blindness and Camus’s
The Plague.” In Dialogue With Saramago: Essays in Comparative
Literature. Eds. Adriana Alves de Paula Martins and Mark Sabine.
Manchester: Manchester Spanish & Portuguese Studies, 2006. 121-139.

Research Interests

Contemporary Portuguese Narrative
Lusophone African Narrative
Women Writers
Cinema and Drama.