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José Alcántara Almánzar

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José Alcántara Almánzar
BornMay 2, 1946
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)
Ida Hernández Caamaño (m. 1971)
👶 Children3

José Alcántara Almánzar was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 2nd, 1946. He is an educator, narrator, essayist, and literary critic. He has been married to the writer Ida Hernández Caamaño (b. 1949) since 1971. He is the father of Enersto (b. 1974), Yelidá (b. 1976), and César (b. 1980) Alcántara Hernández. For thirty-five years he worked as an educator at the Colegio Loyola [Loyola School], Santo Domingo (1969-1973), the Instituto Cultural Domínico Americano [Dominican American Cultural Institute] (1972-1974), the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo [Autonomous University of Santo Domingo] (UASD, 1973), the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña [Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University] (UNPHU, 1974-1984), and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo [Santo Domingo Technical Institute] (INTEC, 1981-2001), where he taught several sociology courses. He was a Fullbright Professor (1987-1988) at Stillman College, Alabama, in the United States of America, where he taught courses on the Culture and Literature of the Caribbean. He retired from his career as a professor in January 2001.

Alcántara Almánzar was the first president of the Asociación Dominicana de Sociólogos [Dominican Association of Sociologists] (1977-1979), a member of the jury for the Premios Siboney [Siboney Prizes] (1980-1985)[1] in the essay category, and a member of the jury for the research council at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo [Santo Domingo Technical Institute] (1983-2001). He participated as a collaborator on the volume Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Encyclopedia (1979)[2] which was edited by American researcher and academic Donald E. Herdeck. Alcántara Almánzar has served on the jury for the Casa de las Américas short story contest, in Havana, Cuba. He has served as an editorial consultant at several cultural institutions and for twenty-five years has been a consultant for the Fundación Corripio Incorporada [Corripio Foundation, Inc.]. On August 25th, 1995 he joined the Banco Central de la República Dominicana [Central Bank of the Dominican Republic] first as Assistant Director of the Juan Pablo Duarte Library and then on February 16th, 1996 he was named Director of the Cultural Department, a position which he presently holds[3].

As an author, Alcántara Almánzar has published five collections of short stories, nine books of literary essays, ten personal anthologies of sociology and work by national authors, and in 2003 an institutional memoir for the Grupo León Jimenes titled Huella y memoria: E. León Jimenes. Un siglo en el camino nacional (1903-2003)[4], written in collaboration with his wife Ida Hernández Caamaño. His narrative work has been the object of a master's degree thesis in translation by Luis Alejandro Guzmán Valerio (Puerto Rico), two doctoral theses, written by the academics Nívea de Lourdes Torres Hernández (Puerto Rico) and Carmen Benítez de Morales (United States of America).

With his family at the Teatro Nacional [National Theater] when he won the Premio Nacional de Literatura [National Literature Prize] (Feb. 2nd, 2009)

Published works[edit]

  • Antología de la literatura dominicana (1972).
  • Viaje al otro mundo (1973).
  • Callejón sin salida (1975).
  • Testimonios y profanaciones (1978).
  • Estudios de poesía dominicana (1979).
  • Imágenes de Héctor Incháustegui Cabral (1980).
  • Las máscaras de la seducción (1983).
  • Hombre y sociedad. Lecturas escogidas (Compilador, 1983).
  • Narrativa y sociedad en Hispanoamérica (1984).
  • Hombre y sociedad. Guía didáctica (Editor, junto a Antonio Menéndez Alarcón, 1987).
  • La carne estremecida (1989).
  • Los escritores dominicanos y la cultura (1990).
  • El sabor de lo prohibido. Antología personal de cuentos (1993).
  • Dos siglos de literatura dominicana (S. XIX y XX). Poesía y prosa (in collaboration with Manuel Rueda, 1996).
  • Panorama sociocultural de la República Dominicana (in Spanish, English, and French, 1997).
  • La aventura interior (1997).
  • Antología mayor de la literatura dominicana. Siglos XIX y XX. Poesía y Prosa (in collaboration with Manuel Rueda, 2000).
  • El enigma de las máscaras: la cuentística de José Alcántara Almánzar[5] (by Nívea de Lourdes Torres Hernández, Editorial Isla Negra, Puerto Rico, 2002).
  • Huella y memoria. E. León Jimenes: Un siglo en el camino nacional (1903-2003), in collaboration with Ida Hernández Caamaño (2003).
  • Presagios de la noche (Editorial Isla Negra, Puerto Rico, 2005).
  • Catálogo de la Colección del Banco Central (in collaboration with Luis José Bourget, 2010).
  • El lector apasionado [Ensayos sobre literatura] (2010).
  • Palabras andariegas. Escritos sobre literatura y arte (Isla Negra, 2011).
  • Espejos de agua. Cuentos escogidos (2016).
  • Cuentos para jóvenes (2017).
  • Reflejos del siglo veinte dominicano (2017).
  • Where the Dream Ends[6] (translated by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert with Cecilia Graña, Caribbean Studies Press, 2018).
  • Catálogo de la Colección del Banco Central 2008-2018 (in collaboration with Luis José Bourget, 2018).
  • Hijos del silencio. Ensayos (Editorial Isla Negra, Puerto Rico, 2018).

Foreign publications and others[edit]

Since 1970, Alcántara Almánzar has published more than 750 articles and essays in literary supplements (“Isla Abierta,” Hoy newspaper) and national (“Ahora”) and international magazines. His short stories have appeared in a dozen anthologies in the Dominican Republic as well as in:

  • Bulgaria: Reni Marchevska, El cuento hispanoamericano actual. Antología, 2002.
  • Colombia: “Rumbo al mar,” in the anthology edited by Avelino Stanley, Ruptura del límite. Cuentos dominicanos.Bogotá, Cangrejo Editores, 2010.
  • Cuba: “Como una noche con las piernas abiertas,” in the anthology edited by Emmanuel Tornés Reyes, Contar es un placer; La Habana, abril 2007.
  • Czech Republic: “The Queen and her Secret.” Translated by Luis Guzmán Valerio[7], in BODY, May 29th, 2019, https://bodyliterature.com/2019/05/29/jose-alcantara-almanzar/.
  • France: “Bruits,” La Revue de la Nouvelle.
  • Germany: “Das tote Kind,” 1989.
  • Iceland: “Hin ótrúlega Irene.” Svo Faguraenar og friósamar, 2008; in the anthology Tan verdes y fértiles. Cuentos de Cuba, Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana, edited by Kristín Gudrún Jonsdóttir and Erla Erlendsdóttir, 2008.
  • Italy: “L 'insolita Irene,” “In alto mare,” “Lulú o la metamorfosi.” I cactus non temono il vento. Racconti da Santo Domingo a cura di Danilo Manera. Milano, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, 2000; “In alto mare,” “Presagi.” L'immaginazione 162, 1999.
  • Mexico: “Antes y después del silencio” (“Tres narradores del Caribe”) in Cambio 11 (April-June, 1978).
  • Puerto Rico: Presagios de la noche. Critical introduction by Nívea de L. Torres Hernández, Isla Negra Editores, Colección El Canon Secuestrado; “Dimensiones y maestros del cuento, in Retorno. Revista Independiente de Literaturas y Lengua Hispánicas. (Guest of honor) (August-December, 2017), pp.13-16; “Entrevista de Miguel Ángel Náter a José Alcántara Almánzar,” in Retorno. Revista Independiente de Literaturas y Lengua Hispánicas. (August-December, 2017), pp.17-24; “Seaward Bound.” Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language & Culture. vol. 2,2007-2008, pp. 17-22; “La especialidad fugitiva del recuerdo: La ciudad en la narrativa de José Alcántara Almánzar,” Carmen Benítez Morales. Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language & Culture. num. 2; 2008-2009: p 71–82.
  • Spain: Cuentos dominicanos (una antología)[8], edited with an afterword by Danilo Manera, Madrid, Editorial Siruela, 2000; “Lulú o la metamorfosis,” Temblor de isla. Muestrario del cuento dominicano, José Rafael Lantigua [Editor]. Madrid, Huerga y Fierro Editores, 2019, pp.79-91.
  • United States of America: “En carne viva,” Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología. Edited by Raquel Chang-Rodríguez and Malva E. Filer, Boston, Heinle & Heinle Publishers, 1996); “My Singular Irene,” 1989, which served as the text for the recording by the actor Leonard Nimoy for the radio program Symphony Space, February 2004, and which was also printed in Making Callaloo. 25 Years of Black Literature, edited by Charles Henry Rowell, New York, St. Martin's Griffin, 2005; “Lulu or the Metamorphosis,” 1995, “Travelers,” 1996, “Eva’s Obsession,” 2000), “Tempations,” 2000, “With Dad at Madame Sophie’s,” 2000, “Lefty,” 2000, “He and She at the End of an Afternoon,” 2001; “Ruidos,” Revista Baquiana, 2012; English translation by Luis Guzmán Valerio: “Enigma.” Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature. Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 4–9, 2019.

Master's and doctoral theses[edit]

Alcántara Almánzar's narrative work has been the research subject of two doctoral theses and a master's thesis in Puerto Rico and the United States of America.

  • Neorrealismo social, neorrealismo psicológico, lo fantástico y lo grotesco en la cuentística de José Alcántara Almanzar. Doctoral thesis, (by Nívea de Lourdes Torres Hernández, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe, Puerto Rico, 1997).
  • De la historia a la ficción: La República Dominicana en la narrativa breve de José Alcántara Almánzar[9]. Doctoral thesis, (by Carmen Benítez de Morales, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States of America, 2006).
  • The taste of the forbidden: A personal anthology of stories. Master’s thesis, (by Luis Guzmán Valerio, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, 2006).

Prizes and distictions[edit]

Alcántara Almánzar has received several acknowledgements and distinctions for his academic and literary work, including:

  • Distinguished Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) [Santo Domingo Technical Institute] on two occasions.
  • Las máscaras de la seducción (Premio Anual de Cuento [Annual Short Story Prize], 1984).
  • La carne estremecida (Premio Anual de Cuento,1990).
  • La carne estremecida (Premio Anual de Cuento [Annual Short Story Prize], 1990).
  • Caonabo de Oro [Caonabo de Oro Prize] for Writing (1998).
  • Medalla al Mérito “Virgilio Díaz Grullón” [“Virgilio Díaz Grullón” Merit Medal] (2008).
  • Premio Nacional de Literatura [National Literature Prize] (2009).
  • Reconocimiento del Ateneo Dominicano [Ateneo Dominicano Award] for Writing (2009).
  • Pluma de la Excelencia (Logomarca, 2010) [Pluma de Excelencia Award] for Writing.
  • Un Día con un Autor y su obra [A Day with a Writer and His Work] (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) [Santo Domingo Technical Institute], 2010).
  • Board member of the journal Cuadrivium (University of Puerto Rico).
  • Honorary member of the Revista Estudios Hispánicos[10] (Puerto Rico, 2019).

Reference list[edit]

  1. Lantigua, José Rafael. "Vicenzo Mastrolilli y los premios Siboney". Diario Libre. Diario Libre. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. Herdeck, Donald E.; Lubin, Maurice Alcibiade; Herdeck, Margaret; Figueroa, John; Figueroa, Dorothy; Alcantara, Jose (1979). Caribbean writers : a bio-bibliographical-critical encyclopedia. Washington : Three Continents Press, ©1979. p. 943. ISBN 0914478745. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Principales Funcionarios". Banco Central de la República Dominicana. Banco Central de la República Dominicana. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. Alcántara Almánzar, José, 1946-; Hernández Caamaño, Ida, 1949-. Huella y memoria : E. León Jimenes : un siglo en el camino nacional. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana : Grupo León Jimenes, 2003. pp. 447 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), 33 cm. ISBN 9993491349. LCCN 2005422479. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Torres Hernández, Nívea de Lourdes. (2002). El enigma de las máscaras : la cuentística de José Alcántara Almánzar. San Juan, P.R. : Isla Negra Editores, 2002. pp. 345 p., 23 cm. ISBN 1881715930. Retrieved 14 July 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Alcántara Almánzar, José (17 July 2018). Where the Dream Ends: Short Stories. Where the Dream Ends: Short Stories. pp. 300 pp, softcover. ISBN 9781626328396. Retrieved 14 July 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Guzmán Valerio, Luis. "The queen and her secret". Jose Alcantara Almanzar. BODY. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  8. Peix, Pedro, 1952-; Manera, Danilo, 1957- (September 2002). Cuentos dominicanos : una antología / Pedro Peix ... [et al.] ; selección y epílogo de Danilo Manera. Madrid : Ediciones Siruela, c2002. pp. 167–187. ISBN 8478446133. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. Benitez-Morales, Carmen. "Ph.D. Job Placements and Dissertation Information". Rutgers School of Art and Sciences. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  10. "Integran a Alcántara Almánzar a la junta honoraria de prestigiosa revista literaria. La publicación pertenece a la Universidad de Puerto Rico". Diario Libre. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2020.


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