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Barbara Mujica

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Professor Emerita, Georgetown University

Full Biography

Barbara Mujica is a professor emerita of Spanish literature at Georgetown University, specializing in early modern Spanish theater, women’s writing, and mysticism. The mother of a Marine, she was faculty adviser to the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association and co-chair of the Veterans Support Team. Two of her books, Imagining Iraq: Stories and Collateral Damage: Women Write about War (to which Nancy Sherman was a contributor) were inspired by her work with veterans. In 2015 she was awarded a Presidential Medal from the University for her work on behalf of military-connected students. Mujica is also a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her novel Frida was an international bestseller that appeared in eighteen languages and was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate. Her novel Sister Teresa was adapted for the stage by the Actors’ Studio in Los Angeles. Her novel, I Am Venus, was a winner of the 2012 Maryland Writers' Association competition in the category Historical Fiction. Her latest novel is Miss del Río, to be published next year by HarperCollins. Her most recent scholarly books are Women Religious and Epistolary Exchange in the Carmelite Reform (Amsterdam University Press, 2020), A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext (Yale University Press, 2014), Shakespeare and the Spanish Comedia (ed.) (Bucknell University Press, 2013), Teresa de Avila, Lettered Woman (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008), and Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters (Yale University Press, 2004).