Dr. María Esther Quintana Millamoto holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Los pícaros, bufones y cronistas de Maluco: la novela de los descubridores was published by Linardi y Risso in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2008. Dr. Quintana’s second book, entitled Madres e hijas melancólicas en las novelas de crecimiento de autoras latinas, will be published shortly by Instituto Benjamin Franklin and Universidad de Alcalá Press, Spain. She has also published critical essays in refereed journals in Mexico, Cuba, Spain and the U.S. Her teaching fields are Hispanic and U.S. Latin literatures, Women’s Studies, Latin American culture and Spanish language.