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Roser Caminals-Heath

Roser Caminals-Heath

Professor of Spanish
Tel: 301-696-3474 
Office: Tatem, Room 209


  • Ph.D., University of Barcelona
  • M.A., University of Barcelona
  • B.A., University of Barcelona

Courses taught

  • SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 104 Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 203 Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 207 Cultural Perspectives in Spanish Literature I
  • SPAN 208 Cultural Perspectives in Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN 321 521 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
  • Span 322 522 Barcelona


I was born in Barcelona, Spain, and came to to United States in 1981. Since then, I have taught a wide variety of courses at Hood College, from elementary Spanish to graduate courses in Peninsular Spanish literature. Being also a novelist and a literary translator, teaching and writing are my twin passions and bringing the two activities together is one of the most enjoyable aspects of what I do at Hood. Years ago I had the pleasure to co-translate a collection of short stories by Spanish writer Carme Riera with Spanish major Holly Cashman. The book was published and Cashman is currently a professor at the University of New Hampshire. To me, learning is an ongoing career. I chose to be a teacher so that I could keep being a student.

Research and teaching interests

My area of expertise is the late nineteenth-century Spanish novel. My scholarly and creative activities involve the use of three languages: my native Catalan, spoken by ten million people in several regions of Spain and the country of Andorra, Spanish, and English. I have written five novels, among them a trilogy that focuses on Barcelona at the turn of the twentieth century, and a non-fiction book based on my experiences in America. I have also translated works of fiction by two Spanish women writers and often translate my own books, several of which have appeared in multiple languages.


  • The House of Ulloa, a translation of Los Pazos de Ulloa, by Emilia Pardo Bazán. The University of Georgia Press, 1992. Un segle de prodigis, a novel. Columna 1993. Les herbes secretes, a novel. Pages Editors, 1995. A Matter of Self-Esteem and Other Stories by Carme Riera, co-translated with Holly Cashman. Holmes & Meier, 1996. El Carrer dels Tres Llits, a novel. Random House Mondadori, 2002. La petita mort, a novel. Random House Mondarori, 2003. La dona de mercuri, a novel. Edicions 62, 2005. La seduccio americana, non-fiction. Edicions 62, 2009.
  • Cinc-cents bars i una llibreria, a novel. Edicions 62, 2010.

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