La Lit­er­atura Cubana Contemporánea

September 14, 2001 - 5:00 PM

Ambro­sio For­net
Writer and Lit­er­ary Critic

Ambro­sio For­net is pro­fes­sor at the Higher Insti­tute of Arts in Havana. He is a mem­ber of the Acad­e­mia Cubana de la Lengua, Pres­i­dent of the Edi­to­r­ial Board of Writ­ers and Artists Union and Found­ing mem­ber of the Edi­to­r­ial Board of the Jour­nal Revista de Crit­ica Lit­er­aria Lati­noamer­i­cana directed by Anto­nio Cornejo Polar. Ambro­sio R. For­net Fru­tos (Cuba, 1932) did post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at New York Uni­ver­sity and at the Uni­ver­si­dad Cen­tral de Madrid (1957–59). He was actively involved in edi­to­r­ial work over a twenty year period (1960–1980). He has been edi­tor at the Edu­ca­tion Min­istry, the Edi­to­r­ial Nacional, the Insti­tuto Cubano del Libro, and the Jour­nal Uni­ver­si­dad de La Habana. His book, El libro en Cuba (The Book in Cuba, 1994) is a study of edi­to­r­ial activ­ity in Cuba dur­ing colo­nial times. Among his most recent pub­li­ca­tions are: Las mas­caras del tiempo (1995), a col­lec­tion of essays and crit­i­cal stud­ies, and the vol­umes Bridg­ing Enigma: Cubans on Cuba (a spe­cial issue of The South Atlantic Quar­terly, 1997) and Memo­rias reco­bradas. Intro­duc­ción al dis­curso lit­er­ario de la dias­pora (2000), about the lit­er­a­ture of Cubans out­side Cuba. For­net has par­tic­i­pated in numer­ous inter­na­tional sym­posia and has given con­fer­ences at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties in the US, Spain, and Latin Amer­ica. He was a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at Duke Uni­ver­sity dur­ing the spring 1999 semester.