ANLE Honors Janet Pérez
Monday, October 26, 2009
• ANLE Honors Janet Pérez
AATSP Hispania Editor Janet Pérez was honored as a
permanent member of t
he North American Academy
of the Spanish Language (ANLE) at a ceremony at the
Instituto Cervantes in New York City on October 9.
Professor Pérez is a life member of AATSP, serves on
the Executive Council, and has served as Editor of Hispania
for the past nine years. She is the Paul Whitfield Horn
Professor and Qualia Chair in Spanish in the Department
of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
at Texas Tech University; Lubbock, TX. She is the author of
more than 300 publications, including books, articles and
monographs on the literature of Spain and Latin America.
ANLE presented her with a certificate of membership in the
Academy and that of a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish
Language in Madrid.
In its announcement of the appointment, ANLE called Professor Pérez one of
the most important scholars of Hispanic letters of our times. It further cited her
books and studies on Ortega y Gasset, Ana María Matute, Miguel Delibes, Gonzalo
Torrente Ballester, Camilo José Cela and other writers and poets as "seminal and
models in their clarity, depth and, at times, controversy.”
"Being elected a permanent member of ANLE and a corresponding member of the
Royal Spanish Academy is without a doubt the honor that is most significant for me,
first because it is by far the most important of my honors, and second because I was
not expecting it,” Professor Pérez said as she accepted the award.
Her husband, Professor Genaro Pérez, also of Texas Tech University, as well as an
AATSP member and Executive Council member, was in attendance.