Playing Conquistador and Searching for El Dorado in Alejo Carpentier’s The Lost Steps and Derek Walcott’s Omeros

Carmen Maria Ruiz-Castaneda


Carmen Ruiz Castenada earned a BA English honors, summa cum laude, from Villanova University, PA (2004) and an MA in English from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (2007). She is a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of Miami. Her research interests comprise issues of transatlantic migration, the Caribbean diaspora in the United States, and gendered nationalisms. Her specifi c focus is Cuban-American literature of exile. She has also exhibited her art works in Miami.

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