Academic journal article Cuban Studies

In Memoriam: Nara Araújo, 1945-2009

Academic journal article Cuban Studies

In Memoriam: Nara Araújo, 1945-2009

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The Cuban professor, essayist, and literary critic Nara Araújo passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Fittingly, she was alone at the hour of her untimely death. Nara had a unique innate elegance that permeated her demeanor and literary style - she was too coquettish to allow anyone to see her die.

Nara Araújo was a true scholar. She studied pedagogy and French literature and linguistics at the University of Havana, attended graduate courses at La Sorbonne, and obtained a Ph.D. in philology from the University of Moscow. Araújo was a professor of the Facultad de Artes y Letras of the University of Havana. As a visiting professor, she taught in France, Brazil, and Mexico, where she resided for several years.

Her curriculum vitae reveals a long list of magisterial classes, journal articles, book reviews, lectures, and presentations at international conferences. Nara published more than a half dozen books and countless articles in journals around the world on comparative literature, literary theory, cultural studies, Caribbean and Cuban literature, travel diaries, and gender studies. Her work offered a perfect balance between an always up-to-date theoretical framework and an almost poetic insight.

At Florida International University, we were fortunate to have her as a Rockefeller Fellow in 1998 and as a speaker at many of the Cuban Research Institute Conferences on Cuban and Cuban American Studies. For the Cuban Research Institute, it was a unique opportunity to showcase in Miami a representative of the best of Cuba's academia. Personally, it allowed me to get to know her well. …

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