Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in African American Women Writers, Composition, and writing from State University of New York at Albany (1989)
  • M.A. in American and English literature from Barry University (1985)
  • B.A. in English, Creative Writing from The University of Miami (Coral Gables) (1982)
  • A.A. in English from Miami Dade College (1980)

Research Interests

Latino/a Literature, writing, women writers of color, Emergent American Literature and women's studies.

Selected Publications




  • 2011 Multicultural Student Center Advisor of the Year
  • 2010 United Arts of Central Florida, Individual Artist Fellowship
  • 2010 Longleaf Poetry Chapbook Award
  • 2009 Theodore Morrison Fiction Fellow at Breadloaf Writers Conference


No courses found for Summer 2016.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91264 AML4630 Latino/latina Literature Rdce Time M,W 3:30PM - 4:20PM Unavailable
AML4630.0M01: Latino Literature

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENG 3014

This survey section will focus primarily on contemporary 20th and 21st century U.S. Latino/a (Latinx) literature—poetry, fiction, non-fiction and drama. We will start with excerpts from Mexican American authors and use a chronological procedure and contextual process to cover as much ground as possible in order to include writing in various genre by Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican authors and others. Additionally, we will try to view at least one film documenting Latinx culture. Our primary required text is The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature edited by Ilan Stavans et al; this will be supplemented with Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros (2003) and Butterfly Boy by Rigoberto González (2006).
81646 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face W 7:30PM - 10:15PM Unavailable
This is a workshop course in which you will write and present two new stories or novel chapters. You will be expected to read your work out loud—the shorter piece, in its entirety, and the longer piece will be excerpted. Your fiction will be read and critiqued by classmates before your assigned workshop date with a focus on structure, style, language, among other literary aspects of the work. Each class member will prepare a written critique of your story or novel excerpt to be submitted before your workshop date. Guidelines for effective feedback will be discussed early on so that we may constructively comment on each other’s work and aim to grow as writers and as critics of literary fiction. Besides the two new works of fiction produced for class (70% of total grade) and written critiques (20% of total grade), students will be expected to actively and productively participate in every class session and share excerpts of self-selected writers (10% of total grade). At the beginning of the semester we will be sharing self-selected short stories or novel excerpts, the close reading of We the Animals by Justin Torres and the selection of an additional work of fiction to be analyzed and selected by class members.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10941 CRW3010H Honors Creative Writing Face2Face Tu,Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM Unavailable

CRW 3010H.0201: Honors Creative Writing (Milanes)

Spring 2018

This section of Creative Writing for Non-majors will engage students in writing activities, assignments, workshops and readings to provide a foundation of theory, style, and critique so that they may be able to produce work in a variety of genre. Students will provide each other peer-feedback in small and large groups with the foundational ideas and practices by which imaginative work is done; the class will be conducted and organized primarily as a workshop, and each student will be required to contribute to the process. We will read from works of established writers from the class texts; students will be evaluated on the strength of their participation in class, and by the final portfolio of their best work done in the genres of fiction, Creative non-fiction (personal essay or memoir), Poetry and Drama.

11413 ENG3010 Practical Criticism Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable

ENG 3010.0001: Practical Criticism (Milanes)

Spring 2018

This section of Practical Criticism will focus on learning to read/interpret texts (mostly but not exclusively literature and film) using formalist strategies by selected writers of different genre from various ethnicities. Our major emphasis at the beginning of the semester will be on the close reading of two books by two important contemporary women authors—Yaa Gyasi and Terrance Hayes. However, we will we also read and discuss excerpts of other important writers and include one film (selected by class members). By the end of the semester, you will be expected to produce your own well-supported and effective literary critical essay.

20620 LIT3823 Hispanic Women Writers Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable

LIT 3823.0001: Hispanic Women Writers (Milanes)

Spring 2018

This course will survey the writing of Hispanic Women writers in a variety of genre. We’ll focus on the rich cultural and literary production of Hispanic Women Writers to provide students with a broader view of how this group is enhancing literature of the Americas. Students will examine how the fiction, non-fiction and poetry created by contemporary Hispanic Women Writers express identity from diverse national origins, woman-centered and feminist perspectives. Themes to be considered include the relationships among and between identity/self-representation, family, friendship/sisterhood, motherhood, beauty, voice, history, tradition, spirituality, home and the "American Dream."  We will also explore how the texts challenge cultural boundaries of feminine and feminist identity.

Updated: Nov 13, 2017