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Roberta Johnson

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Roberta Johnson, Professor Emerita, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She taught at K-State and the Claremont Colleges in California before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1990. She has been a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Valladolid in Spain, has been an NEH Fellow at Duke University and has received research grants from the Graves Foundation, the Comité Conjunto Hispano-Americano para la Cooperación Cultural y Educativa, the NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her published books areCarmen Laforet, El ser y la palabra en Gabriel Miró, Crossfire: Philosophy and the Novel in Spain 1900-1930, Las bibliotecas de Azorín, and Gender and Nation in the Spanish Modernist Novel. Her articles on twentieth-century Spanish fiction have appeared in journals such as Hispania, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Kentucky Romance Quarterly, Los Ensayistas, Letras Femeninas,Anales Azorinianos, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea andLetras Peninsulares, among others. She has served on the Delegate Assembly of the MLA, the MLA 20th Century Spain Committee, the PMLA Advisory Committee, the PMLA Editorial Board, and the ADFL Executive Committee, and was an Associate Editor of Hispania for eight years. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Letras Femeninas, Anales de la Literatura Española Contempóranea,Decimononica, and Siglo Veintiuno. She is a member of the Committee for the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spanish Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities. Her research interests include the intersection of philosophy and literature, women writers and women's concerns in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish fiction. She has held visiting professorships at the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Claremont McKenna College.



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