FAU
Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature
Mary Ann Gosser-Esquíilingosser
Ph. D., Yale University
Professor of Spanish and Caribbean Literature

Areas of Expertise
Literature of the French- and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

Email: gosser@fau.edu
Office phone: 561-297-0612

Mary Ann Gosser Esquililn is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. She completed her A.B. degree in French at Bryn Mawr College, PA; her license and maîtrise in Comparative Literature at the Université de Provence I, Aix-en-Provence; and her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Yale University. Her areas of interest encompass the literarure of the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. She has taught at Rutgers University; at Denis Diderot, Université de Paris VII; and at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica as a visiting Fulbright Scholar.

Her teaching awards at Florida Atlantic University include the Alumni Association Faculty Talon Award, the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2001-02 and 1994-95), and Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising, (2012).

She is President of Florida Atlantic University's Chapter 128, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture and Chasqui .

Selected Publications

"Looking for Zombis in All the Wrong Places: Mayra Montero's La trenza de la Hermosa luna" Hispanet 5 (2012). http://www.hispanetjournal.com/Volume5.htm

“Del rojo de su sombra de Mayra Montero: cruzando fronteras.” Letras Hispanas: Revista de Literatura y Cultura 7 (2010): n.p. “El consumo del cuerpo travesti en Sirena Selena vestida de pena de Mayra Santos-Febres.” PALARA:Publication of the Afro-Latin / American Research Association14 (2010): 42-53.

“Recónditas raíces raciales y culturales en  La casa de la laguna de Rosario  Ferré.” Alba de América 27.51 and 52 (2008): 245-57.

“Caribbean Poetics of the Erotic in Mayra Montero’s In the Palm of Darkness. NewMango Season 1.2 (2008): 149-58.

“Puerto Ricans Searching for Their Roots: Afro-Caribbean Routes in Olga Nolla.” CLA Journal 1.4 (2007): 418-35.

“La ménagerie caribeña: algunas bestias y varios animales.” Monographic Review / Revista Monográfica 20 (2005): 45-58.

“Rosario Ferré y Olga Nolla: ¿manuscritos reconceptualizando la nación?” Confluencia 19.2 (2004): 58-68.


“Marie (Vieux) Chauvet y Myriam Warner-Vieyra: diarios demenciales o escrituras esculcantes.” Género y cultura en América Latina: arte, historia y estudios de género. Comp. Luzelena Gutiérrez Velasco. México, D. F.: Colegio de México, 2003. 177-87.

“Nanas negras: The Silenced Women in Rosario Ferré and Olga Nolla.” Centro Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 14.2 (2002): 49-63.


“Ana Lydia Vega’s Falsas crónicas del Sur: Reconstruction and Revision of Puerto Rico’s Past.” A Twice-Told Tale: Reinventing the Encounter in Iberian/Iberian American Literature and Film.  Ed. Santiago Juan-Navarro and Theodore Robert Young. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2001. 193-209.


“La transculturación social y racial: ¿treta posmoderna de Ana Lydia Vega?” Chasqui 29.2 (2000): 108-21.


“Marie Chauvet and Edwidge Danticat: Dramatic Narratives or Haitian Danses macabres.” Sargasso: Special Issue on Performance and Text in Caribbean Literature and Art (1999) (2000): 76-93.


“Rosario Ferré: Voice of the Writer, Voice of the Translator.” Journal of West Indian Literature 8.2 (1999): 91-99.


“A Puerto Rican Case of Desire and Despair: Rosario Ferré’s The House on the Lagoon.” JAISA 3.2 (1998): 23-33.


“Caribbean Identities Reconstructed and Redefined in Women’s Narrative Texts: Marie Chauvet, Myriam Warner-Vieyra, and Ana Lydia Vega.” Latin American Issues: The Caribbean(s) Redefined 13 (1997): 15-36. 


“The Archeology of (Writing) the Body: Severo Sarduy’s El Cristo de la rue Jacob.”  Hacia un nuevo canon literario. Ed. Jo-Anne Engelbert and Dianne Bono.  Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 1995.121-31. 


“Textualidad y sensualidad compartidas en ‘El regalo’ de Rosario Ferré.” Alba de América 11.20-21 (1993): 199-210 .


Cobra: Writing is the Art of Ellipsis and Digression.” Critical Essays on the Literatures of Spain and Spanish America. Ed. Luis T. González-del-Valle and Julio Baena.  Boulder: Publications of the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, 1991. 111-20.

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