posted July 25, 2007

Professor Edits Translation of Argentine Plays

 Dr. Maria C. Andre of the Hope College Spanish faculty is editor of "Seven Plays by Argentine Playwright Susana Torres Molina," an anthology published by Edwin Mellen Press of Lewiston, N.Y., and Ceredigion, United Kingdom.

The volume translates the seven contemporary plays to English from their original Spanish. The plays that are featured are "Strange Toy," "That's All That," "Mystic Union," "Sirens' Song," "Paradises Lost," "Zero" and "She."

In addition to serving as editor, Andre wrote the anthology's introduction and also conducted an interview with Molina, who is an actress as well as a playwright, that is featured in the volume. Andre also translated six of the seven plays, with "Strange Toy" having been translated previously by Dr. Barbara Younoszai, who is a professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Hamline University of St. Paul, Minn.

Jean Graham-Jones of the faculty of The City University of New York has called the anthology "a collection of plays whose translation into English is long overdue. The collected works take some of their inspiration from the author's immediate lived experiences, but, with the able assistance of the translators, they easily make the linguistic and cultural move to the English-speaking stage."

The book is Andre's second with Edwin Mellen Press. She is also the editor of "Chicanas and Latin American Women Writers: Exploring the Realm of the Kitchen as a Self-Empowering Site," published in 2001.

Her publications also include the book "Latina Icons: Iconos Femeninos Latinos e hispanoamericanos," which she edited, published by Floricanto Press of Mountain View, Calif.;"Entre mujeres: Colaboraciones, influencias e intertextualidades en la literatura y el arte latinoamericanos" ("Between Women: Collaborations, Influences and Intertextualities in the Literature and Art of Latin Americans"), co-authored with Dr. Patricia Rubio and published by Editorial RIL of Santiago, Chile; and the "Antologia de Escritoras Argentinas Contemporaneas" ("Anthology of Contemporary Argentine Authors"), which she edited, published by Editorial Biblos of Buenos Aires.

Andre is an associate professor of Spanish at Hope, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1994. She holds her undergraduate degree from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany.