Roberto González Echevarría
Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida (1964), an M.A. from Indiana University (1966), and an M. Phil. (1968) and Ph.D. (1970) from Yale University. He received honorary doctorates from Colgate University (1987), the University of South Florida (2000), and Columbia University (2002). In 1999 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A symposium was held in his honor at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo (November 21-23, 2002), and an issue in honor of Professor González Echevarría appeared in Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana (Madrid), no. 33, in 2004. In 2010, he received a National Humanities Medal bestowed by President Barak Obama at the White House. Professor González Echevarría taught for one year at Yale (1970–71) before teaching at Cornell (1971–77), where he was one of first editors of Diacritics. Since 1977, he has taught at Yale, where he was awarded the first endowed chair in Spanish (R. Selden Rose). In 1991, he was named Bass Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, and in 1995 was named Sterling Professor, the highest honor bestowed on faculty at Yale. He chaired the Spanish and Portuguese departments for sixteen years and also served as chair of Latin American Studies. Professor González Echevarría has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and was the first Hispanist at the School for Criticism and Theory. In 2001 he spoke at Oxford, Cambridge, Berlin, and UCLA, and delivered the DeVane Lectures, Yale’s most prestigious public series, in 2002.
Professor González Echevarría is on the board of The Yale Review, and has served on the boards of Hispanic Review, Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, and other journals in the U.S. and abroad. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Senior N.E.H. Fellowship. His book Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (Cambridge, 1990) won awards from the Modern Language Association of America and the Latin American Studies Association. It has now gone through seven editions. His CD-Rom, Miguel de Cervantes, received a prize from Choice. The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball (Oxford, 1999) won the first Dave Moore Award in 2000. In 2014 he was awarded the National Prize for Criticism by the Instituto Cubano del Libro for Lecturas y relecturas. In 2020 he received the Enrique Anderson Prize from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.
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