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Department of Spanish
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
Dr. Hedy Habra is instructor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University.
Habra specializes in Spanish American Literature, with an emphasis on the Peruvian writer, the Nobel Laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, on whose novels she wrote her doctoral dissertation. Her articles on Vargas Llosa's fiction and on numerous Spanish and Latin American authors have appeared in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Latin American Literary Review, Chasqui, Inti, Explicación de Textos Literarios, Alba de América, Hispanófila and elsewhere. She is the author of a book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana, 2012). This book explores the function of the visual in conjunction with the concept of "small worlds" stemming from characters' interiority and their ability to invent, dream and construct possible worlds, which converts them into fictional authors and oftentimes virtual artists. Mundos alternos underlines the cultural context of the erotic imagination and its role in artistic creation as well as in the development of individual thinking and the articulation of power struggles. Habra has also written a collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets (Interlink, 2013) and a poetry collection Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53, 2013).