Department of Language and Cultures
Delasuaree

Office:   Atrium 241
Phone:   (973) 720-2516
Email:delasuareeo@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   M,T,W 2:00-3:00 pm

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor of Language and Cultures and Department Chairperson
Area Specialization: Modernismo, Latin American Poetry, Miguel de Cervantes and Baroque Literature

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Spanish, City University of New York, 1976
  • M.A., Spanish, City College of New York, 1970
  • B.A., Spanish and Education, University of Miami (FL), 1966

Courses Taught:

  • Seminar on Latin American Literature
  • Seminar on Spanish Literature
  • Modernismo
  • Cervantes and his Age
  • Contemporary Spanish American Poets
  • José Martí: A Writer of the Third World
  • Golden Age of Spain
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Cultural Roots and Continuities I and II

Recent Publications:

Books:

  • Delasuaree, Octavio.   Al combate corred exiliados: Ensayos sobre poesía cubana contemporánea de los Estados Unidos (Unpublished: 2009).
  • Delasuaree, Octavio and Kenneth Cappetta.   Aprende algo: poemas y cuentos para despertar el interés. Dubuque (IA): Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2008.
  • Cappetta, Kenneth and Octavio Delasuaree.   Todos a bordo: cuentos de siempre para el mundo de hoy.  Dubuque (IA): Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2008.

Articles:

  •  “La primera mujer poeta laureada”.  Editorial article in Círculo Poético Literary Magazine (Año 2009). Cuaderno XXXIX  (Verona: NJ), pp. 7-11. Fall 2010.
  • “Originalidad y creación en la obra de Rómulo Lachatañeré”, ‘Con Cuba en la distancia’ Association Proceedings.  Madrid:  Fundación Hispano-Cubana (Forthcoming 2010-2011).
  •  “Miguel de Cervantes y William Shakespeare a través del personaje ‘Cardenio’”,  Círculo: Revista de Cultura (Verona, NJ), Vol. XXXV (2005), pp. 7-12.   

Book Reviews:

  • Man-Making Words (Selected Poems of Nicolás Guillén). 2nd ed.  Translated and edited by Roberto Márquez and David Arthur Murray. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003, 310 pp, in Cuban Affairs Journal (Vol. 4, Issue 3), November 2009.
  • Voces de cambio (Nueva literatura cubana). Prologue by Carlos Alberto Montaner. Miami, FL: Ediciones El Cambio, 2006, 310 pp, in Cuban Affairs Journal (Vol. 4, Issue 3), November 2009.                                    

Works in Progress

  • Two books in progress: a second essay collection on Cuban Poetry in the United States and an essay collection on Miguel de Cervantes’  Don Quijote.

Recent Conference Presentations

  •  “Charada cubana con personajes: A Propos de “El juicio de Jicotea” de Lydia Cabrera”.   Círculo de Cultura Panamericano XLVIII Annual Convention, William Paterson University, November 6-7-8, 2010.  
  •  “Junot Díaz as a Post-Modern Writer”, New Jersey Committee on the Humanities Series.  Toms River Public Library, Toms River, NJ, October 15, 2009.
  •  “Tales of Two Cities: Paterson and Santo Domingo in the Works of Junot Díaz”, Círculo de Cultura Panamericano XLVII Annual Convention.   William Paterson University, November 5-6-7, 2009. 
  •  “Originalidad y creación en la obra de Rómulo Lachatañeré”, IV Congreso de la Asociación ‘Con Cuba en la distancia’. Valencia, España, November 17-21, 2008.
  •  “Recordando a Don Emilio González López en el Graduate Center de C.U.N.Y.”,  Homenaje a Don Emilio González López frente a su busto (A Coruña, España). April 14, 2007.

Invited Lecture:

  • Consideraciones sobre el modernismo hispanoamericano”, (Professor Nery Gómez Senior Spanish Class), St. Peters Prep School, Jersey City, NJ, December 16, 2009.

Editorial Work:

  • Editor, Círculo Poético Poetry Magazine (Hoboken, NJ). Fall 2003 to Present.

Selected Fellowship, Honors, Rewards 

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, WPUNJ, 2005.
  • Professor of the Year Award, Student Government Association, WPUNJ, 2001-2002
  • Hispanic Leadership Fellows Program, Department of Higher Education, State of New Jersey, 1984.