Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat (1951-2015)

Professor of Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese


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A tribute to Prof. Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat


Professor Gutiérrez-Mouat was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Lima, Peru. His family moved to the U.S. in 1968 following the rise to power of an anti-business military dictatorship in Peru which interrupted his American stepfather's import-export business. Over the course of the following decade, Professor Gutiérrez-Mouat received his B.A. from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Princeton. At Princeton he met José Donoso and was inspired to write his dissertation on this Chilean writer, later published as José Donoso: impostura e impostación (Hispamérica, 1983). He has authored a second book of critical essays on Chilean literature, El espacio de la crítica: estudios de literatura chilena moderna (Madrid: Orígenes, 1989) as well as articles on various modern Latin American writers in journals such as PMLA, MLN, Revista IberoamericanaHispaméricaRevista Hispánica Moderna, the American Poetry ReviewNuevo Texto Crítico, and others. One of these articles, on Julio Cortázar’s “Las babas del diablo,” received the “Discurso Literario” prize in 1985. He edited a special issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction on the works of José Donoso (1992), the Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture: Hispanic Culture of South America (1995) and, more recently, a selection of short novels by José Donoso published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in México (Mascarada: Tres novelas cosmopolitas, 2006). His prologue on Carlos Fuentes’s Gothic writing is included in the third volume of the Mexican author’s Obras reunidas (FCE, 2008). Professor Gutiérrez-Mouat has taught at Emory since 1978 and was the first director of the Latin American Studies program. Every fall he offers a course introducing the region and the program to students. Other recent courses have focused on issues of violence, human rights, and cosmopolitanism and globalization. He is currently at work on a book on Roberto Bolaňo that is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.

 Most recent publication includes: 

“El lenguaje de los derechos humanos en tres obras de ficción: La muerte y la doncellaInsensatez y El material humano.” A Contracorriente  11: 1 (2013): 39-62.


Curriculum Vitae- Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat