Interview with the Visiting Professor Andres Soria Olmedo
1. Please provide a brief outline of your training and scientific activity.
I have been Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Granada since 1990. Previously I received a Ph.D. from the University of Granada (1980), and, having become a fellow of the Reale Collegio di Spagna, a D. Phil. in Lettere Moderne from the Università degli Studi di Bologna (1982), which was awarded with the Vittorio Emmanuele II Prize. In 1987 I spent eight months as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. After 1990 I have been teaching in Granada, and was invited as Visiting Professor at UCLA (1996 and 2002), NYU (King Juan Carlos I Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization, 2007), Brown University (2011), and Università di Venezia Ca´Foscari (2012). As a researcher, I have been interested in two different fields: Spanish literature from the first third of the last century: modernism, the avant-garde ( Alberti, Salinas, Guillén and García Lorca among others), and literature of the Renaissance (Leone Ebreo, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega).
2. Please state your reasons for choosing Venice and the Department for your research and teaching stay.
Having already had a fruitful experience during my last visiting professorship at Ca´Foscari I am very happy to be back at the Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati. It is especially an honor, to take the place, for these few months, of such a knowledgeable and prestigious Professor as Elide Pittarello.
3. Have you ever had a research collaboration with the teaching staff of Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies in the past?
I have collaborated on different occasions with professor Bou and I expect collaborating with him in the future. I also have published several papers on Rassegna Iberistica.
4. What are your expectations regarding our University in general and our Department in particular?
My expectations regarding Ca´Foscari are very high. I am slightly intimidated and looking forward to contributing to the tasks of this University, so renowned in the field of foreign languages and literatures
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