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Bernardo A. Roman-Beato
Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Missouri-Columbia (5/2003).

M.A. in Spanish from the State University of New York at Binghamton (12/1991)

B.A. in Spanish from the State University of New York at Binghamton (5/1989)

Certified by the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton (5/1989).

In the Fall of 2002, Dr. Roman-Beato, a native Spanish speaker, joined our Department of Languages, Xavier University of Louisiana. He is an Assistant Professor who teaches Spanish language and literature in our department. He has gladly experienced the Xavier students' thirsty for knowledge.

With respect to teaching, Dr. Roman-Beato believes that teaching is a renovating act of love and, thus, a demanding act of courage. With this in his mind, he has previously taught Spanish at all levels in the Department of Foreign Languages at North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. In March 26, 2001, the Dean of Arts and Sciences of North Carolina Central University distinguished him with the Award in Excellence in Teaching for his dedication to students and his commitment to teaching.

Dr. Roman-Beato also taught Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Classical Language at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania; and in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

On the other hand, Dr. Roman-Beato’s interest in research focuses on Medieval Spanish Peninsular prose, Spanish Renaissance literature, and colonial Spanish American writing, with particular emphasis on the Spanish prose tradition. His research also includes nineteenth, twentieth centuries Spanish American literary writing, and the history of the Mexican novel.

He is interested in historical, anthropological, cultural and rhetorical approaches to literary writing. His The Carnivalesque Spirit in Colonial Spanish American Prose (Ph.D. Dissertation, 2003, 422 pages.) shows the use of these approaches and, for the first time, it unveils the genesis and progression of an important carnivalesque aesthetics in Colonial Spanish American literature. In addition, he is in the process of finishing a book on Colonial Spanish American Literature.

Previously, Dr. Roman-Beato collaborated on Wiliam Luis, "La autobiografía del esclavo cubano Juan Francisco Manzano according to the Azcárate's version," Las memorais del XV congreso de literature iberoamericana, ed., Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (1989).

He wrote and presented research papers at: The 61st Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association (11/2004), New Orleans, Louisiana.  International Conference on Romance Languages and Literature (3/1993), University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri.  Entralogos Spring Conference on Discourse and Community (2/1991), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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