Julieta Almeida Rodrigues
I am a writer, professor, scholar, and interpreter. Born and raised in Portugal, I earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University, where the renowned Margaret Mead was my dissertation sponsor. I am the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rogue and Other Portuguese Stories and On the Way to Red Square, a fictionalized account of my life in the diplomatic circles of Moscow in the 1980s (New Academia Publishing, Washington DC). I feature below a narrative work about Sintra, Portugal entitled Hora Crepuscular/Drawing Dusk/La Hora Crepuscular (Agir, Execução Gráfica). I am a member of the Pen Club of Portugal, the Fulbright Commission Team of Evaluators in Portugal (2014 Prize for International Cooperation, the Prince of Asturias Foundation), and of CLEPUL, Center for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, the University of Lisbon. I have taught at the University of Lisbon and at Georgetown University, and have been a Visiting Scholar at the New School (twice). I have spoken at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, The Chawton House Library in the United Kingdom, The International Conference on the Short Story, The American Portuguese Studies Association, and the Historical Writers of America, among other locations. I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Historical Novel Society New York City Chapter and, with a colleague, I run its Guest Speaker Program at the Jefferson Market Library.
My debut novel has a new title, Eleonora and Joseph. Passion, Tragedy, and Revolution in the Age of Enlightenment. A Novel. It is about the adolescent love between two historical figures of the Enlightenment. The characters are Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel, a woman who paid for her revolutionary ideas with her life, and Joseph Correia da Serra, a botanist turned ambassador. Their network of friends and contacts helped shape the modern world and included the gregarious Thomas Jefferson. The story’s setting shifts between European capitals and Monticello.
Eleonora and Joseph will be published by New Academia Publishing in 2020.
Awards and Recognition
- Who’s Who in the Portuguese Communities (Quem é Quem nas Comunidades Portuguesas). Lisbon: Editorial Negócios, 1989