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Enrique H. Fierro

Professor Emeritus

Associate Professor Emeritus
Enrique H. Fierro

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Biography

Professor Enrique Fierro is a distinguished poet and literary critic. He was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1941. He has published several books of poetry and literary criticism, and taught literature before leaving his native Uruguay in the mid-1970s. Between 1974 and 1984, professor Fierro lived in exile in Mexico with his wife, poet Ida Vitale. During this period he taught literature at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). There he became active in the literary and cultural life of Mexico City and developed a collaborative relationship with Octavio Paz and the literary periodical Vuelta. In 1985, professor Fierro returned to Uruguay as Director of the Biblioteca Nacional, position that he held until 1989.  He then moved to the United States to join the faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin. As a poet, he has received several awards including the Premio Nacional de Poesía de Uruguay, the Premio Municipal de Poesía de Montevideo, and the Premio de Traducción del Círculo de la Crítica Teatral de Uruguay. His major published works include: De la invención (Montevideo, 1964), Entonces jueves (Montevideo, 1972) , Mutaciones I (Montevideo, 1972), Impedimenta (Montevideo, 1973), Capítulo Aparte (Montevideo, 1974), Breve suma (Mexico, 1976) , ½ (Mexico, 1977), Textos/pretextos (Mexico, 1978), Las oscuras versiones (Mexico, 1980) , Ver para creer, causa perdida, estaba escrito: para una crítica de la razón poética (Mexico, 1980), Contrahierba (Mexico, 1982) , Fuera de lugar (Mexico, 1982) , La entonces música (Mexico, 1983) , Ristra (Mexico, 1984) , Quiero ver una vaca (Montevideo, 1989) , Homenajes (Montevideo, 1991), Travestía (Montevideo, 1992) , Paz por dos (Mexico, 1994) , Marcas y señales (Montevideo, 1996) , La savia duda (Montevideo, 1996) , Margen (Mexico, 1997) , Cuerpo extraño (Montevideo, 1997), Hechos, deshechos (Montevideo, 1997) , Contra la distancia (Montevideo, 1997) , Selección natural (Montevideo, 1999) , Escrito en México (Mexico, 1999). In 2006, a bilingual English/Spanish anthology of his poetry was published under the title Natural Selection (trans. Miguel Gonzalez-Gerth; Austin, TX: Host Publications).

Interests

Intro to Spanish Am. Lit Since Modernism; Topics in Spanish & Spanish Am. Lit Spanish Am. Poetry since Modernism; Spanish American Lit & Cinema, Music, Visual Arts; Comp Lit; Cultural History.

SPN 364K • Contemp Spanish Amer Poetry

47195 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 2.122
(also listed as LAS 370S )
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Description:

 

The primary aim of this course is to analyze in a broad sense the past and the present of Spanish American poetry from the twenties to date, through extensive readings and explorations of selected contexts. Particular emphasis will be given to these authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Oliverio Girondo, Vicente Huidobro, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Octavio Paz, Cesar Vallejo.

 

 

Texts:  

 

Jimenez, Jose Olivio, Antologia de la poesia hispanoamericana contemporanea

 

 

Grading:

 

All students are to prepare monthly assignments for class (50%) and submit a final report (50%).  

SPN 365K • Contemp Spanish American Prose

47205 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 800am-930am BEN 1.126
(also listed as LAS 370S )
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Description:

 

The primary aim of this course is to analyze in a broad sense the past and the present of Spanish-American prose from the twenties to date through extensive readings and explorations of selected contexts. Particular emphasis will be given to these authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, Juan Rulfo, Augusto Monterroso, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Roberto Bolano.

 

Texts:  

 

Corral, Wilfrido: Cuentistas hispanoamericanos de entresiglo.

 

Grading:

 

Class discussions will be encouraged as the working method.  All students are expected to prepare assignments for the class (50%) and submit a final report (50%).

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