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Ana M. Lopez

Professor Emeritus, Classical and Modern Languages and Literature


Ana Maria Hernandez de Lopez is a retired Professor of Spanish American Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages. She is from Spain, and became an American citizen in March of 1983. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in Spanish and Spanish American Literatures from the University of New York at Buffalo, and she has a M.A. + (ABD) in American History from the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Professor Lopez's teaching was held in high regard by her students and colleagues in the Department of Foreign Languages. The student evaluations attested to the quality of her teaching, which had been recognized and rewarded by many organizations on campus; her colleagues, who inherit her graduate and undergraduate students, continuously commented that students from Dr. Lopez's classes were exceptionally well prepared. Professor Lopez was even at times a professor's professor; colleagues in other departments and colleges at MSU who were enrolled in her classes, such as Honors Spanish, sent unsolicited comments praising her teaching to the department head.

She was also a renowned scholar of Spanish American Literature. Her scholarly book, editions, articles and reviews, published in the U.S., Spain, England, Mexico, Columbia, Argetina, Nicaragua, Honduras, and France, promoted her reputation, and the reputation of MSU internationally. Morever, she was also an ambassador for MSU when she presented more than 65 papers at national and international conferences. As a result, her research, the symposia, and her involvement in national and international conferences brought Professor Lopez's reputation to such prominence that she was regularly invited to evaluate manuscripts submitted for publication in international journals.

Dr. Lopez was the first specialist in Spanish American Literature to be hired, and for a time the library holdings were not adequate to support her work. As a result, she had to travel to libraries in Spain to conduct research while she built the present collection of needed materials. Her dedication to scholarship and the quality of her work have long been recognized and respected by her peers.

Dr. Lopez remained a scholar and a teacher in the area of service to the profession. Her major contribution to the scholarly end was the organizing of two international symposia. In 1984, she directed a symposium on the works of the Columbian novelist and Nobel Prize recipient, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The success of this effort encouraged Professor Lopez to organize another symposium on the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes in 1987. These symposia brought to MSU some 1400 scholars from 14 different countries, and her labors of editing the proceedings for both symposia must not go unmentioned.

She was invited to organize a round table to be presented in July of 2000 at an international conference in Warsaw, Poland. The round table required eight professors, but Dr. Lopez found eleven in the U.S., and the round table became a symposia within the larger one. This event was very successful. Dr. Lopez also directed a program with 40 students in Mexico until the present, and she continues to bring great prestige to MSU.

Dr. Ana Lopez retired from Mississippi State University in 2003.


La Obra de Carlos Fuentes: Una Vision Multiple

Lopez, Ana M.
Publisher: Editorial Pliegos
1988
ISBN: 8486214432

En abril de 1987 tuvo lugar en dicha universidad, organizado por su Departmento de Lenguas Extranjeras, un simposio sobre la obra de Carlos Fuentes. La cantidad asombrosa de ponencias leidas en los tres dias que duro el evento internacional, fue un exponente evidentismo de la atraccion que el novelista mexicano ejerce sobre criticos y profesores de literatura.

Y es que la narrativa de Fuentes, asi como su teatro y trabajos ensayisticos, en los que se combinan realidad y fantasia, historia e imaginacion, simbolos y mitos, ba ido formando como una piramide cuyos escalones alcanzan dia a dia mayores alturas.

Si Fuentes empezo a escribir en Latinoamerica bace ya mas de treinta anos y su obra formo parte del famoso boom de la literatura hispanoamericana, ello revela que su presencia en nuestras letras no es coyuntural, sino, sobra decirlo, permanente, y el Premio Cervantes que reciveiera en 1987 vino a corroborarlo de manera definitiva.

Del aluvion de escritos que sobre Carlos Fuentes se presento en el simposio, intenta ser una sinteses este libro, recogiendo la vision multiple-- y por lo tanto enriquecedora criticamente-- que de su obra tambien multiple se tuvo.



Interpretaciones a la Obra de Garcia Marquez

Lopez, Ana M.
Publisher: Aldeeu, Asociacion de licenciados y doctores espanoles en EEUU
1986
ISBN: 8486534003



En el Punto de Mira: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lopez, Ana M.
Publisher: Editorial Pliegos
1985
ISBN: 8486214130

Garcia Marquez no necistaba del Premio Nobel para que su obra total fuera conocida, estudiada y estimada en el ambito de la literatura mundial, tanto por el publico como por la critica. Su narrativa exhibe una tematica que a la vez que deleita nutre allector de conocimientos, pues es tan universal como compleja al mismo tiempo que llena de mitos, simbolos e historia.

Todo lo que no es probable, o mejor, todo lo imposible en el contexto de una vida diaria puede sustanciarse o materializarse en la ficcion. Todo la absurdo e incoherente en el mundo ordinario y corriente, todo la extravagante y sin sentido, adquiere en la narrativa de Garcia Marquez un alcance, un significado simbolico gracias a la vision con que el autor concibe lo humano, dirlamos mediante su cosmovision encarnada en el mito. El encuentro de la real, de lo historico con lo fantastico e imaginario es asi una constante de su creacion literaria.

Sobre esta multiple caracteristica de la ficcion garclamarquiana trato precisamente el Primer Simposio Internacional que organizara el Departamento de Languas Extranjeras de la Mississippi State University en abril de 1984, y parte de cuyas ponencias, seleccionadas por la prolesora Ana Maria Hernandez de Lopez, recoge el presente libro.

En el Punto de Mira: Gabriel Garcia Marquez ofrece al lector 28 estudios del posibtemente mas renombrado novelista mundial de la actualidad, que abarcan desde las novelas y cuentos iniciales del autor hasta sus obras mas logradas y conocidas como Cian anos de soledad, El otono del patriarca, Cronica de una muerte anunciada, incluyendo a la vez aspectos de su biogralla, el trasunto social immerso en sus ficciones, sus tangencias con otro escritor tambien fundador de mitos como William Faulkner, la signification del periodismo o del reportaje en su narrativa, la finde o el deslinde entre el realismo magico y lo real maravilloso en que oscila su literatura. Tan amplio y a la vez tan minucioso es este asedio a Garcia Marques que incluso un articulo esta dedicado integramente a estudiar la primera pagina de Cien anos de soledad.

En suma si la obra de Garcia Marquez es un orbe -- y no hay la menor duda de que lo es -- este libro, En el Punto de Mira: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, intenta ser una aproximacion totaly acuciosa, a ese orbe y a su desentranamiento.