Rewriting the Caribbean Female Body: A Conversation with Opal Palmer Adisa

  • Elisa Serna Martinez Universidad de Granada

Abstract

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Author Biography

Elisa Serna Martinez, Universidad de Granada
Elisa Serna is a PhD candidate, working on the writings of Opal Palmer Adisa, in the English Department at the Universidad de Granada. She has taught foreign languages in Switzerland, Barbados and Spain. Recently she has been a visiting researcher at the University of the West Indies Mona, thanks to a European scholarship. Additionally, she has presented seminars, communications and publications, reviews, criticism, and translations in Spain, Portugal, the US Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

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Published
2016-06-21
Section
Interviews