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About José N. Ornelas

Born in Madeira Island, Portugal. Emigrated to the United States in 1961. In New York City where he lived from 1961-1974, he completed his secondary education, and received his B. A. (1969) and M. A. (1972) from Queens College.
In 1976, he was awarded his Ph. D. from the City University of New York in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. He has been a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1974. From 1999-2007, he was the Chair/Director of Spanish and Portuguese, and from 1997-2008 he was the Director of the BDIC Program, the largest interdisciplinary program at the University.
His scholarly work has appeared in many journals and books, here and abroad. He has published mostly on contemporary Portuguese writers, including the ’98 Nobel Prize winner in literature, José Saramago. In 2007, he co-edited with Paulo de Medeiros a volume on Saramago, Da possibilidade do impossível: Leituras de Saramago.


Present Professor, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Herter Hall, Room 422
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-4921


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