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Mario A. Rojas

Ordinary Professor of Spanish (Emeritus)

208 McMahon Hall
(202) 319-5240

Email: rojas@cua.edu / rojas412@aol.com

 

Mario Alfonso Rojas earned his Licentiate in Spanish Literature from Universidad de Chile, his M.A. in Linguistics from Ball State University, and Ph.D. from Temple University. He has attended 2 Sessions of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) held in Londrina, Brazil in 1994, and in Seville and La Rinconada, Spain, 2004 directed by Eugenio Barba, one of the leading directors of contemporary European theater. Dr. Rojas was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, and of the Armando Discépolo Award conferred by the Universidad of Buenos Aires to outstanding scholars on Latin American Theater research. For his research on Iberoamerican theater he has received recently an award by the Centro Latinoamericano de Creación e Investigación Teatral (CELCIT). He has been an honorary member of the Annual Congreso Internacional de Teatro Iberoamericano y Argentino since its foundation in 1992.

Dr. Rojas has published extensively on Latin American Literature, Socio-Semiotics, and Latin American Theater. His recent book is FITEI: una mirada utópica del mundo Luso-español (Oporto, 2013). He has edited or co-edited: Discursos teatrales en los umbrales del siglo XXI(2001), De la Colonia a la Postmodernidad: Teoría Teatral y crítica sobre teatro latinoamericano (1991), Pedro Lastra y la Erudición Compartida (1989), Semiótica Teatral: teoría y práctica, a special issue of Dispositio, University of Michigan (1988), and Aproximaciones a la sintaxis del español: estudios sintácticos del español y el progreso de la teoría lingüística (1986). His numerous articles have been published in Latin America, USA and Europe. His latest ones include:   “El FITEI 36º. Una muestra del arte escénico contemporáneo brasileiro: teatro, danza y música” (2014), “La Orestéia- O Canto o Bode del Folias d’Arte de São Paulo: la venganza como acto de justicia y el imperio de los nuevos dioses del Olimpo”, (2013), “El arte de esquivar la censura y la represión: Teatro y dictaduras del Cono Sur de América del Sur” (2013), “El FIT de Almada 2012: Un modelo de excelencia pese a la crisis” (2013), “La Cooperativa Paulista de Teatro y la Mostra V: hacia una liga latinoamericana de teatro” (2012), “Logros, problemas y vigencia de la semiótica teatral: una visión retroprospectiva”(2009).

He has taught Spanish language and Latin American literature at the San Ignacio College, Pocuro Santiago, and at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile. In the USA while a graduate student at Temple University, Dr. Rojas taught undergraduate language courses. He served twice as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and also served as Director of the Latino and Latin American Studies Program. At CUA he taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including Spanish Pragmatics, Survey in Contemporary Latin American Literature, Senior Seminar for students in the Spanish for International Service Program, Latin American Theater, Semiotics and Latin American Literature, Latin American Post-Modern Literature, The New Spanish American Novel, Latin American Short Story, 19thCentury Latin American Novel, 20th Century Latin American Novel, and Caribbean Literature.

Professor Rojas has lectured and given seminars in several universities and theater festivals in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. He is presently a member of the editorial board of periodicals or special collections on Latin American Theater and Literary Theory, among them Semiosis (Universidad Veracruzana),  GESTOS: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico(University of California at Irvine), Teatro XXI (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Collección de teatrología (Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET, Historia del teatro Argentino-Buenos Aires (Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET), Colección de Estudios Teatro Argentino e Iberoamericano, GETEA, Buenos Aires.