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Isabel Alvarez-Borland


Spanish Department

Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emerita
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Fields: US Cuban and Latino Literature, Cuban Literature, Caribbean Literature, Contemporary Latin American Narrative

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Office Phone: 508-793-3457
Office: Stein
PO Box: 190A

Datos bio-bibliográficos: Isabel Alvarez Borland is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities in the Department of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Her books include Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona (1999) and Discontinuidad y ruptura en Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1982). She is also co-editor of Negotiating Identities in Cuban American Art and Literature (2009) and Identity, Memory, and Diaspora (2008). She is currently Associate Editor of Hispania and was Co-Director of the 2006 NEH Seminar for College Teachers: Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and American Culture. She has published essays on Cuban and Latin American Literature in scholarly journals such as Hispanic Review, MLN, Revista Iberoamericana.



  • Span 201-202 - Intermediate Spanish
  • Span 301 - Composition and Conversation
  • Span 305 - Introduction to Literary Genres
  • Span 312 - Survey of Spanish American Literature I
  • Span 313 - Survey of Spanish American Literature II
  • Span 405 - Modern Latin American Narrative
  • Span 408 - Gabriel García Márquez
  • Span 410 - Literature of Exile, Immigration and Ethnicity
  • Span 399 - Special Topics: Exile in Cuban Literature
  • Span 399 - Special Topics: Latino Autobiography
  • Span 399 - Special Topics: Cuban Women's Fiction of the 1990's


  • US Cuban and Latino Literature
  • Cuban Literature
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Contemporary Latin American Narrative


Recent Publications (Books)

  • Negotiating Identities in Cuban American Art and Literature. Isabel Alvarez Borland and Lynette M.F. Bosch (editors). New York: SUNY Press, 2009.
  • Identity, Memory and Diaspora: Voices of Cuban-American Philosophers, Writers, Poets and Artists. Jorge Gracia , Lynette M.F. Bosch, and Isabel Alvarez Borland. (editors). New York: SUNY Press, 2008.
  • Cuban-American Narratives of Exile: From Person to Persona. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1998.
  • Discontinuidad y ruptura en Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Gaithersburg: Ediciones Hispamerica, 1983.

Recent Publications (Selected Articles)

  • 2016. Exilios secretos y sujetos invisibles: Guillermo Cabrera Infante y Antonio José Ponte.  South Atlantic Review, Fall 2016, vol.81, no.3: 129-146.
  • 2014. El príncipe y la bella cubana de Roberto G. Fernández:  identidades rotas y Costumbrismo. In La Habana Elegante, Fall Winter 2014. accessible:
  • 2014.   A Poetics of Heritage: Ana Menéndez, Borges, and Carpentier’s “Viaje a la semilla.”  In J. Duany. Ed. Un pueblo disperso. Madrid: Aduana Vieja, 2014, 431-450.
  • 2012. “Soy un ciego empeñado en leer blancos”: liminaridad y posmemoria en La fiesta vigilada de Antonio José Ponte. Caribe: revista de cultura y literatura, 13.2(2010-11): 111-28.
  • 2009. “The Memories of Others: Ana Menéndez and Alberto Rey.”  Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Issue 78: U.S. Latino Culture, vol 42 ( May 2009): 11-20.



Professional Activities:

  • Associate Editor of Hispania (2009-ongoing).