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Citadel News Service
18 Jul 2006

Noted Mexican author to join Citadel faculty

A renowned Mexican novelist will join The Citadel's Modern Languages faculty in August.

PhotoEloy Urroz has been named assistant professor of Spanish. He comes to the Military College of South Carolina with an international reputation among such contemporary Latin American authors as Jorge Volpi and Ignacio Padilla.

"Successfully luring a widely respected author such as Dr. Eloy Urroz to our department not only bespeaks the merits of our Modern Languages faculty and students, but it also lends wonderful possibilities for intellectual and cultural enrichment for both the campus and Charleston area," said Mark Del Mastro, head of the Modern Languages Department.

Urroz most recently was assistant professor of Spanish at James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va. At The Citadel this fall he will teach Spanish and a Spanish American literature survey course.

"Those studying Spanish at The Citadel will now have the rare opportunity not available at many colleges and universities: to study novels under the very person who wrote them," Del Mastro said.

Urroz has a B.A. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and his master's and doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Born in New York, Urroz is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, literary criticism and prose. He was one of the authors of the "Crack Manifesto," a statement by five Mexican writers dedicated to breaking with the pervading Latin American literary tradition of magical realism in favor of more complex plots and style. "The Obstacles," which was published in June, is his first novel to be translated into English.

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