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Manuel Ramos Otero Papers, circa 1920s-2007, bulk 1967-1992

Series IV: Academic Work, 1964-1990, undated

Series IV: Academic Work contains material related to Manuel Ramos Otero's coursework, teaching and scholarship, dating from 1964-1990.

The coursework in this series consists primarily of syllabi, annotated essays and notes from Otero's time as a graduate student in the Spanish departments at New York University and the City University of New York. The series also contains a small amount of coursework from Otero's time studying sociology and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras.

The majority of Subseries IV.2: Teaching and Scholarship comprises photocopied essays that Otero utilized while teaching at Rutgers University, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Hunter College and York College. Within this subseries, there are also syllabi, exams that Otero administered, and lectures.

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Subseries IV.1: Coursework, 1964-1990, undated

Box 7 Folder 4 Coursework from Otero's youth, circa 1950s-1960s

Box 7 Folder 5 University of Puerto Rico coursework and diplomas, 1964-1970

Box 14 Pin with prize ribbon, 1965

Inside a bag labeled "Primer Premio Círculo Cultural Hispanico, UPR 1965. Cuento: 'Lecho para angeles'"

Box 7 Folder 6 New York University graduate student information and schedules, 1977, 1979

Box 7 Folder 7-13 Final essays from courses, 1970-1989, undated

Box 7 Folder 14 Notebook with notes for "Revolución en la Literatura" course, 1973

Box 7 Folder 15-16 Annotated photocopies of Ricardo Piglia's work, 1973, 1980

Box 7 Folder 17 Notes and poems from Portuguese class, 1976

Box 7 Folder 18 Syllabus for "Poeta en Nueva York", 1977

Box 7 Folder 19 Reading list for class taught by Dionisio Canas, 1984

Box 7 Folder 20 Syllabus and notes for class, "Trends in Hispanic Literary Theory", 1985

Box 7 Folder 21 Syllabus from Borges class, 1985

Box 7 Folder 22 Transcripts from City University of New York graduate school and university ID cards, 1985-1987, undated

Box 7 Folder 23 Syllabus and notes from class on Methods of Research, 1986

Box 8 Folder 1 Notes on "La celestina" and J. C. Andrade, 1986

Box 8 Folder 2 Notes for class on "Poesia Baroca" and another unidentified course, 1986

Box 8 Folder 3 Notes for class on Luis Cernuda, 1986

Box 8 Folder 4 Notes for graduate seminar on Spanish American poetry taught by Enrique Pezzoni, 1987

Box 8 Folder 5 Syllabus and readings for course, "Spanish American Literature of the Colony: Manierismo, barroco, y neoclasicismo en la poesía colonial", 1987

Box 8 Folder 6-7 Syllabus and notes for class, "El postmodernismo", 1987

Box 8 Folder 8 Notes and final essay exam for class "El ensayo contemporaneo", 1987

Box 8 Folder 9 Syllabi and photocopies of readings from graduate courses, 1987

Box 8 Folder 10 Annotated photocopies of various articles about Jamie Gil de Biedma, circa 1988

Box 8 Folder 11 CUNY PhD Program in Spanish course descriptions and readings, 1988

Box 8 Folder 12 "El verbo buscando la persona: el monólogo dramático de Jaime Gil de Biedma", 1988

written for course on "Postmodernidad"

Box 8 Folder 13 "Aproximaciones a la "Respuesta de la poetisa a la muy ilustre Sor Filotea de la Cruz", 1988

written for class "Barroco colonial"

Box 8 Folder 14 "El viaje a través del espejo en dos poemas de Julia de Burgos," essay by Otero, 1989

written for seminar on Latin American poetry, "Seminario sobre posía latinoamericana"

Box 8 Folder 15 Oral exam proposal, 1990

Box 8 Folder 16 "Towards a Caribbean Consciousness: Notes on Contemporary Literatures from the Hispanic Caribbean" essay, undated

Box 8 Folder 17 Coursework on Julio Cortázar, and "Film and the Supernatural" class syllabus, undated

Box 8 Folder 18 Coursework on poetry and philosophy, undated

Box 8 Folder 19 Annotated photocopies of works by contemporary Latin American writers, undated

Folder with clipping about Julia de Burgos; and annotated photocopies of Rubén Darío's "Obras completas", Jose Martí's "En los Estados Unidos," and other essays.

Box 8 Folder 20 Annotated photocopies of various essays by other authors, undated

Box 8 Folder 21 Annotated photocopies of essays and poetry by other authors, undated

Box 8 Folder 22 Annotated photocopies of essays for class on Structural Analysis, undated

Box 8 Folder 23 Annotated photocopies of "El conflicto Barroco" by Pilar Gomez Bedate and "The Beautiful Soul of Don Damian" by Juan Bosch, undated

Box 8 Folder 24 Annotated photocopy of Antonio García Berrio's essay, "Critica formal y función critica", undated

Box 8 Folder 25 Annotated photocopy of Marcelino de Cisnero's "El significado del pensamiento filosofico", undated

Box 8 Folder 26 Unannotated photocopy of Ramón Ferreira's book of poems, "Los malos olores de este mundo", undated

Box 8 Folder 27 Unannotated photocopy about Michelangelo, undated

Box 8 Folder 28 Annotated photocopy of René Marqués' essay, "En la popa hay un cuerpo reclinado", undated

Box 8 Folder 29 Annotated photocopy of Piglia, Cernuda, and Bolívar, undated

Box 8 Folder 30 Annotated photocopy of Plato's Symposium, undated

"Simposio (Banquete) o de la erótica" and unannotated photocopy of Plato's Republic

Box 8 Folder 31 Unannoted photocopies of poetry by Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Ruben Dario, and others, undated

Box 8 Folder 32 Annotated photocopy of Hayden White's "Metahistory", undated

Box 9 Folder 1 Notes and essays for class on Don Quijote, undated

Box 9 Folder 2 Notes for class, "Historia de la lengua", undated

Box 9 Folder 3 Notes for Latin class, undated

Box 9 Folder 4 Notes and annotated bibliography for class on Literary Theory, undated

Box 9 Folder 5 Notes for Literatura Hispanica, undated

With CUNY PhD Program in Spanish Faculty-Student Handbook.

Box 9 Folder 6 Notebook with notes on various novels, undated

Box 9 Folder 7 Study notecards for exams, undated

Box 9 Folder 8 Annotated photocopies of articles for course on literary theory, undated

Box 9 Folder 9 Unannotated photocopy of "Escalio" by C. Soto Vélez, undated

Box 9 Folder 10 Spiral notebook with notes for a Portuguese class; various poems in Portuguese, undated

Box 9 Folder 11 Annotated photocopy of "All that is Solid Melts Into Air," a book by Marshall Berman, undated

Subseries IV.2: Teaching and scholarship, 1982-1990, undated

Box 9 Folder 12-13 Literary magazines and booklets, 1963-1987

Box 9 Folder 14 Student essays with grades, 1982

Restricted until 2054

Box 9 Folder 15 Clipping of article with photograph of Otero giving a reading, 1982

Box 9 Folder 16 Packet on Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY, 1982-1983

Box 9 Folder 17 Newsletters from John Jay College and Lehman College, with pieces about Otero, 1982, 1987

Box 9 Folder 18 Letter from Otero to Asela Rodriguez, 1983

Regarding the Images and Identities Conference: telling her not to publish his work, and that the conference was a disaster.

Box 9 Folder 19 Exam for "Literature of the Caribbean," taught at La Guardia Community College, 1985

Box 9 Folder 20 Memo advertising Otero's classes, 1985

Box 9 Folder 21 Student literary journal, "Voces de América", 1985

Box 9 Folder 22 Syllabi for "Literatura Puertorriquena II" and " Urban Study: The Puerto Rican Community", 1986-1989

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.

Box 9 Folder 23 Flyers for readings conducted while a writer in residence, 1986-1990

Reading that Otero did/moderated at Columbia University; newspaper article about Otero as a writer in residence; and a list of things Otero had to do while he was a writer in residence at Columbia, CUNY, Rutgers, Fordham, and Texas Union.

Box 9 Folder 24 Letters from department chairs welcoming Otero to Lehman College faculty, 1987

Box 9 Folder 25 Letters regarding a task force for changing Lehman College curriculum, 1987

Box 9 Folder 26 Lehman College Department of Puerto Rican Studies, 1987-1989

Box 9 Folder 27 "Notas al Calce" Hispanic literature talk show proposal, 1988

Box 9 Folder 28 Flyers for a talk by Juan Gelpí at Lehman College, 1988

Box 9 Folder 29 Information and application for CUNY's research award, 1988-1990

Otero won in 1990.

Box 9 Folder 30 Lehman College Puerto Rican faculty initiative, 1988-1990

Box 9 Folder 31 Staff listing for Lehman College, 1989

Box 9 Folder 32 Notes and syllabus for Otero's class, "Literatura Puertorriqueña", 1989

Box 10 Folder 1 Program for the Hispanic Literatures Conference, held at the Holiday Inn of Indiana, 1989

Otero did not participate in the conference, but it appears that he attended it.

Box 10 Folder 2 Conference talks, 1989, undated

Box 10 Folder 3 Syllabi and essays from course taught at Lehman College, "Literature of the Caribbean", 1990

Annotated photocopies of readings, along with an exam and associated materials that was administered to the class. Readings include Garcia Marquez's "The Solitude of Latin," in both English and Spanish; "Timehri" by Edward Brathwaite; "Our America" by Jose Marti, "Three Men by the River" by Rene Marquez, "The Caribbean as a Socio-Cultural Area," by Sidney Mintz (unannotated), and "Journeys" by Edward Brathwaite.

Box 10 Folder 4 Annotated photocopies for a course taught at Lehman College, 1990

Readings primarily about female authors from Puerto Rico.

Box 10 Folder 5 Candidate curriculum vitae, referral, and feedback from interview for Lehman College presidential search, 1990

Restricted until 2062

Otero was a faculty representative on the presidential search committee.

Box 10 Folder 6 Handwritten notepad of Otero's notes for presidential search at Lehman College, 1990

Restricted until 2062

Box 10 Folder 7 Lehman College student protest flyers, 1990

Box 10 Folder 8 Manuscripts of poetry and other writing from Otero's students, undated

From La Guardia Community College

Box 10 Folder 9 Exams for Otero's class, "Pintura y teatro", undated

Box 10 Folder 10 Puerto Rican Studies Institute mailing list, undated

Box 10 Folder 11 Otero's curriculum vitae and resumes, undated

Box 10 Folder 12 Underlined essay photocopy: "Birth of a Nation: Puerto Rico in the Nineteenth Century" by Adalberto López, undated

Box 10 Folder 13 Unannotated photocopies about women writers from Puerto Rico and critical criminology, undated

with a note from Olga [Nolla?].

Box 10 Folder 14 Essays and poetry by other academics, undated

With notes from Gelpí that translate to, "This work was between Manuel's papers but it's not by Manuel" and "material from other people in the academic world."