Professor EmeritusGonzalez del Valle.Luis


19th and 20th Century Spanish literature, 19th Century Cuban literature and culture, Narratology, Modernism, comparative studies


Born in Cuba, came to the US in 1961.
PhD, Five College Cooperation Program: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
My primary field of specialization is Spanish literature during the 19th and 20th centuries, with secondary fields in 19th-century Cuban literature and culture, and Spanish American narrative fiction (1900-1970). Most of my research involves narrative fiction and drama, while poetry is my secondary field as evidenced by some of my publications. Specifically, I consider myself a literary critic and a historian of literature. As a critic interested in Narratology, my approach to literature usually employs an eclectic set of theories. Throughout the years, I have been dedicated to the study of Valle-Inclán, Unamuno, Azorín, the Machado brothers, Benavente, Salas y Quiroga, Delibes, Hernández, Gómez de Avellaneda, Modernism, canonicity, and 19th-cenury travel accounts on Cuba. I have also published extensively on García Lorca, Cela, Romero, Delibes, Sábato, Asturias and others. My work on Valle-Inclán was recognized with the Xunta de Galicia’s Silver Medal in 2000. Much of my work is interdisciplinary in nature and, as a comparatist, I published a book on Charles Baudelaire and Modernist aesthetics in Spain.
I am a Corresponding Member of the Royal Spanish Academy and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. My articles have been published in numerous scholarly journals. In 2015, I was awarded Sigma Delta Pi Orden de Don Quixote.

Selected Publications

  •  Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Antología. Novelas y ensayo. Introduction and edition Madrid: Biblioteca Castro, 2015.
  •  Antolín González del Valle Río, LETTERS TO HIS FATHER. Bilingual Edition. Trans. By Hope Doyle D´Ambrosio. Introduction and Edition.
  • Philadelphia: Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, 2011.
  •  Jacinto Benavente, Obras, 3 vols. Introduction and edition with José Manuel Pereiro Otero. Madrid: Biblioteca Castro, 2007, 2010, 2015.
  • Jacinto de Salas y Quiroga, Viages. Isla de Cuba (1840). Introduction and edition. Santiago de Compostela: Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela/Biblioteca de la Cátedra de Cultura Cubana Alejo Carpentier, 2006.
  •  Roger Williams Woodbury, Souvenir of Florida & Cuba 1886. Introduction and edition. Boulder: Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, 2005
  • La canonización del Diablo. Baudelaire y la estética moderna en España. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2002.