M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1967)
Ph.D. Harvard University, Romance Languages (1974)
Areas of Expertise
Latin American Literature and Culture
Narrative (novels, short stories, satires)
Overseas American: Growing up Gringo in the Tropics, 2005.
Editor, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook, 2002.
Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to his Mind and Art (1981). Second edition, revised and expanded, 2000.
The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand: A Novella & 13 Stories, 1998.
Art for Art’s Sake and Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990, 1996.
García Márquez: The Man and His Work, 1990.
The Carlos Chadwick Mystery –fiction, 1990.
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979
Grant, American Philosophical Society, 1982
Best Book Award for García Márquez: The Man and His Work, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 1991.
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, 1997, for “Art for Art’s Sake and Literary Life.”
Professor, SUNY-Binghamton, 1971- 73
Professor, Yale University, 1973- 74
Visiting Professor, Wellesley College, 1984-5 and 1989-90
Director in Residence, Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain, 1986-87 and 1995-96