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The Luella LaMer Slaner Chair of Latin American Studies and Chair of the Spanish Department for Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Dr. Lorraine Roses has written extensively about the role of women in One Hundred Years of Solitude, most especially an article titled "The Sacred Harlots of One Hundred Years of Solitude" in the casebook on the novel edited by Gene Bell-Villada. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University.

Devoting herself to contemporary Latin American writing, Dr. Roses has put a great deal of her emphasis on Mexico and the Caribbean and teaches courses that examine the role of family, gender, memory and political turmoil on the imagination of Latin American literature. Some of her research includes the history of black women writers during the Harlem Renaissance, the literary world of Gabriel García Márquez and the evolution of magical realism as an aesthetic phenomenon.

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