Ph.D., Tulane University, 2009
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Language Teaching
Professor Avilés Quiñones received a Ph.D. from Tulane University with a dissertation on intellectual life in Cuba, as it developed as a result of the cultural politics of the Revolution. It examines the impact of this historical event on the creation and reinterpretation of the 20th century poetry cannon and how the debate over the function of art and the political engagement of intellectuals in Cuba has been paramount for the definition of an ethics and even, of a style. It follows the opposite trajectories of two noted poets, Reina María Rodríguez and Cintio Vitier. Prior to her studies in Literature, Professor Avilés Quiñones did graduate work in Medieval History at the University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1989). Having taught at MU in different capacities since 2007, she teaches Spanish Advanced Composition (SPAN 3160) and the Introduction to Hispanic Literatures I (Span 3420). A native of Puerto Rico, Professor Avilés Quiñones has an interest in literature written at moments of great historical upheaval and its accompanying uncertainty while her moments of happiness are indeed far from all commotion.