A native of Peru, Professor Ortega is an accomplished scholar, poet, playwright, and novelist, with 15 books as well as several critical editions to his credit. After six years of teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, and two years as professor and chairperson at Brandeis University, Professor Ortega joined Brown's Department of Hispanic Studies in 1989. He has also been a visiting professor at numerous universities both in the United States and abroad, including recent terms as Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge (1995-96) and Catedra de Estudios Avanzados at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Summer 1995). Professor Ortega's commitment to literature goes beyond his own writing and teaching to include his involvement in several international publishing houses -as Director of the Serie Futura of the Biblioteca Ayacucho (Caracas), Coordinator of the Editorial Council, Archives Collection (Paris), and Co-editor of the series Archives (University of Pittsburgh)- and on the advisory committees of a number of academic journals. His teaching and research interests include twentieth-century Spanish American literature and culture, and literary theory. Professor Ortega's recent publications include (i) literary criticism: Retrato de Carlos Fuentes (1995), Arte de innovar (1994), El discurso de la abundancia (1992), Una poetica del cambio (1992), Reapropriaciones: Cultura y literatura en Puerto Rico (1991); (ii) fiction: La mesa del padre (1995), Ayacucho, Good Bye (1994), Canto de hablar materno (1992); (iii) editions: The Picador Book of Latin American Short Stories, edited with Carlos Fuentes (1998), La Cervantiada (1995), Venezuela: fin de siglo (1994), and Rayuela de Julio Cortazar (1993).