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Luis Mora Ballesteros

Luis Mora Ballesteros, Ph.D.

  • Lecturer of Spanish and Literatures of Latin America and the Caribbean

Department: World Languages and Cultures

Phone: 732-263-5493

Email: lmorabal@monmouth.edu


Before joining Monmouth University, Dr. Mora-Ballesteros taught Spanish and Latin-American and Caribbean Literature in Venezuela; Spanish as a Foreign Language in Costa Rica; Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature in Translation at CUNY; and Creative Writing in Spanish at Bard Early College.

Education

Ph.D. Literature, Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela

Research Interests

  • Intersections between governance regimes and 21st-century Central and South American and Afro Caribbean fiction
  • Literary criticism and study of political rhetoric and urban fiction in Hispanic-Caribbean Literature
  • Spanish for Health Cares
  • Creative Writing in Spanish

Scholarly Articles

  • “Las formas del país en Cartas de renuncia de Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza”. EnTransgresiones en las letras iberoamericanas: visiones del lenguaje poético. Argus-a. California, 2021
  • “Preface” en Yánez, Adelso. Modalidades discursivas en el género del realismo social latinoamericano: estudio pragmático y sociocrítico. Peter Lang: Berlin, 2021
  • “Memoria y fractura social en El ruido de las cosas al caer de Juan Gabriel Vásquez.” Argus-a, California, 2021 Vol. XI (42).
  • “Rhetoric and Imagery of the Caracazo in La última vez and its Link to the Political Narrative of Chavismo.” IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities, Japan, 2020 Vol. 7(1).
  • “Tendencies of the Venezuelan urban novel. Towards a contemporary imagery of infernal city.” Argus-a, Argentina, 2019 Vol. IX (34). 
  • “Narrative/compositional strategies in La biografía difusa de Sombra Castañeda.” Context: Annual Journal of Literary Studies, Venezuela, 2015 Vol. 21: 125-138.

Books

  • Prácticas críticas. Apuntes sobre literaturas urbanas del Caribe hispánico. Colección Estudios: Ediciones de la Escuela de Letras, Facultad de Humanidades y Educación. Universidad de Los Andes. Venezuela, 2022.
  • Transgresiones en las letras iberoamericanas: visiones del lenguaje poético. Argus-a. California, 2021
  • La sombra del comandante. Ojo de Cuervo. Venezuela, 2021
  • Díptico de la frontera. Ediciones La Castalia. Venezuela, 2020
  • Spanish Basic Dictionary for Students. Editorial Saber. Venezuela, 2016

Presentations/Invited Talks

  • “A celebration of Latino Lives in Long Branch”, Long Branch Free Public Library, Long Branch, NJ, October 2021
  • ” QUENCH: Global Studies: Latino, Latinx, and Caribbean Cultures in the United States” Monmouth University, NJ, September 2020
  • Aula De Abertura: “Díptico Da Fronteira” Uma Crônica Transfronteiriça Sobre As Migrações Colombiano-Venezuelanas, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Brasil, September 2020
  • “La Libertad de la literatura o la literatura de la libertad”, SimónBolívar University, November 2018

Awards

  • 1st Place in the APROUPEL National Prize of Poetry, Venezuela (2011)
  • 2nd Place in the Binational Oratory Competition, Colombia (2007)
  • Finalist in the 1st Martin Fierro Contest of Novels of Social Denunciation, Spain (2019)

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Fall

  • Conversation Practice – FS LAB
  • Elementary Spanish I – FS 101
  • Elementary Spanish II – FS 102
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals – FS 222

2022 Spring

  • Conversation Practice – FS LAB

2021 Fall

  • Conversation Practice – FS LAB
  • Elementary Spanish I – FS 101
  • Elementary Spanish II – FS 102

2020 Fall

  • Conversation Practice – FS LAB
  • Elementary Spanish I – FS 101
  • Elementary Spanish II – FS 102

Frequently Taught Classes