Dr. Mariela A. Gutiérrez is Full Professor of Spanish at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Gutiérrez is Member of UW Senate (Research Council 2002-04; Honorary Awards Council 2004-06; UW “Colleague” at the Council Ontario Universities (2006-2008), Member of the UW Teaching Excellence Council (TEC-2004-06) and is past Member of the Board of Women Studies Program (1993-2000). For seven years Dr. Gutiérrez was Chair of the Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies (1997-98; 1999-2005). She holds a B.A. Honours in Latin American and Peninsular Studies and a M.A. in Latin American and Peninsular Studies, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Ph.D. in Latin American and Peninsular Studies from Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.
Dr. Gutiérrez has been the recipient of several major awards. To mention a few, she received the University of Waterloo’s 1993 Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Canadian Association of Hispanists’ 1993 Award for the Best Scholarly Article published by a Canadian Hispanist, for her article «Rosario Ferré y el itinerario del deseo: un estudio lacaniano de “Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres” (Rosario Ferré and the Itinerary of Desire: a Lacanian Study of “When Women Love Men”). In November 2001 she was awarded membership in the prestigious Swedish association PEN International (Affiliated Cuban Letters) receiving a commemorative diploma.
2008 0-7734-5040-8 In this work the author presents the reader with an annotated English version of forty enchanting and complex short stories by Cuban ethnologist Lydia Cabrera translated by Gutiérrez herself. The author’s translation also offers an array of impeccable and timely cultural, historical, and linguistic annotations that place in the forefront the Afro-Cuban way of life that has existed on the island since the 16th century.
2008 0-7734-5042-4 This work explores Cuban ethnologist’s Lydia Cabrera works that have a mythic symbolic base within her ethnological and literary production. More specifically the author’s approach comes out of the need to create a mythic-symbolic analysis regarding Cabrera’s opus. In this book the author accomplished the task of an in-depth analysis regarding the myth and symbolism that permeates Lydia Cabrera’s short stories which up to the present have remained unexplored. Includes the most complete and exhaustive bibliography on the author to date. This book contains eleven black and white photographs.