Dr. Maria C. Andre of the Hope College Spanish faculty is co-editor of "Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia," published earlier this year by Routledge of New York City, part of the Taylor & Francis Group of London, England.

The book presents the lives and critical works of more than 170 women writers in Latin America between the 16th and 20th centuries.  Focusing on drama, poetry and fiction, the encyclopedia features thematic entries as well as biographies of female writers whose works were originally published in Spanish or Portuguese, and who have had an impact on literary, political and social studies.  Each entry is followed by extensive bibliographic references, including primary and secondary sources.

Andre is a professor of Spanish at Hope.  She co-edited the volume with Dr. Eva Paulino Bueno, who is an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas.

Andre is the author or editor several other books.  Her publications include "Seven Plays by Argentine Playwright Susana Torres Molina," published by Edwin Mellen Press of Lewiston, N.Y., and Ceredigion, United Kingdom; "Chicanas and Latin American Women Writers: Exploring the Realm of the Kitchen as a Self-Empowering Site," which she authored, also by Edwin Mellen Press; "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 has been a member of the Hope 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.