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Barbara Roche Rico - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Barbara Roche Rico

Professor Emeritus and Chair of English | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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Barbara Roche Rico, who holds a doctorate from Yale University, is Professor and Chair of English at Loyola Marymount University; she has taught at LMU since 1989. Her research interests include comparative studies of Renaissance authors and, more recently, work on Nicholasa Mohr, Judith Ortíz Cofer, Esmeralda Santiago and other writers of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. The textbook she co-edited with Sandra Mano of UCLA, American Mosaic: Multicultural Readings in Context, is in its third edition. She has presented her work at conferences in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and in Mexico. Her other publications include essays in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (reprinted in Latino/a Writing [Routledge] and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Transatlantic exchange is a focus of her research and teaching, which have been supported by internal and external grants. She has recently completed a term as a member the National Networking Board of the Lilly Foundation.

Education (3)

Yale University: Ph.D., Renaissance Studies

Yale University: M.Phil., Renaissance Studies

Yale University: B.A., English


Areas of Expertise (1)


Articles (6)

Confronting Girl-bullying and Gaining Voice in Two Novels by Nicholasa Mohr

Girlhood Studies: An International Journal

Volume 10, no. 3 (Winter 2017): 105-120.ISBN: 1938: 8209 (print) 1938-8322 (online). Peer reviewed.

The Ballad of Two Sad Cafes: Nicholasa Mohr’s Postwar Fiction as ‘Writing Back’ to Carson McCullers

Palgrave McMillan

Alison Graham-Bertolini and Casey Lee Kayser, eds., Reading Carson McCullers in the Twenty-first Century. New York, Palgrave McMillan, 2016: 213-249.

Rituals of Survival”: A Critical Reassessment of the Fiction of Nicholasa Mohr

U.S. Latino/a Writing, & Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies

Reprinted in U.S. Latino/a Writing. A Robert Lee, editor (London: Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2014); Volume IV, pp. 89-106; originally published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 28:3 (2007), pp. 160-79. Full article also reprinted in the Gale Literature Online Database.

'An Island Like You'" Representing the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the Short Stories of Nicholasa Mohr and Judith OrtÍz Cofer.

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (UK) Volume 1, Number 2 2011), 201-215. Full article reprinted in Gale Online Database

New Themes for English B: Negotiating Boundaries within the Multicultural Canon

The Canon and the Classroom: Pedagogical Implications of Canon Revision in American Literatures

with Sandra F. Mano, ed. John Alberti, Wellesley Studies in Critical Theory, Literary Theory and Culture, Vol. 3, New York: Garland, 1995.

From `Speechless Dialect' to `Prosperous Art'

Huntington Library Quarterly & Renaissance Society of America

Renaissance Society of America, Los Angeles, March, 1985; Huntington Library Quarterly, January, 1986