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Bernardo Antonio Gonzalez

Professor of Spanish

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BA University of California, Berkeley
MA University of California, Berkeley
MAA Wesleyan University
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Bernardo Antonio Gonzalez

As a scholar of Spanish literature and culture Bernardo Antonio Gonzalez studies theater, film and the performing arts in relation to politics and society in modern Spain. In his publications and teaching, he treats the stage and screen as a site where Spaniards seek to process the dominant challenges they face as a society: how to reconcile minority and dominant national discourses in accordance with democratic values; what role new or foreign modes of thought and style should play in reshaping cultural identity; what strategies to adopt for making amends with the legacy of fascism or for reconciling distinct cultural traditions with an increasingly fluid and interconnected world. He states in his essay on the maquis in Antonio Martinez Ballesteros’ Tiempo de guerilla, for instance, that: “The foregone conclusion that the act of remembrance constitutes a reality unto itself, one that supersedes the past experience from which it issues, has special meaning at the dawning of Spain’s twenty-first century.”

Gonzalez is currently working on various projects, including a book on Cipriano de Rivas Cherif, a world-class pioneer in stage direction who helped renovate Spanish theater during the avant-garde era (1920s) and advance the cause of democracy during the Spanish Second Republic (1930-1939).

Gonzalez has taught at Wesleyan since earning his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the U. of California-Berkeley, in 1979. During this period, he has directed Wesleyan’s Program in Madrid several times and he has spearheaded the creation of new programs at the U. Carlos III de Madrid, the U. de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico and the U. of Bologna, Italy. In 1992, he was appointed to set up the university’s Office of International Studies, an operation he has overseen on different occasions. In 2015, he was appointed to establish and direct Wesleyan’s new Fries Center for Global Studies, a project designed to bring intercultural competency and foreign language proficiency to the heart of Wesleyan’s liberal arts education.

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