Read her story in TSAR‘s Fall 2015 issue.
Barbara Mujica is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and professor at Georgetown University. Her latest novel, I Am Venus (Overlook Press), explores the identity of the model for the famous Rokeby Venus, the only extant female nude of seventeenth-century Spanish painter Diego de Velázquez. Her previous books include the critically acclaimed novels Frida, based on the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and Sister Teresa, about the life of Saint Teresa de Avila, both published by Overlook. A play based on the latter was developed at The Actors Studio in Los Angeles and opened in November 2013. It is now touring.
Mujica has won numerous prizes for her stories, which have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Most recently, she won first prize in the Maryland Writers’ Association national fiction competition for his story, “Jason’s Cap.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning Star, and hundreds of other publications.
Since her son, a U.S. Marine, returned from Iraq in 2008, Mujica has devoted much of her energy to serving veterans. At Georgetown she is faculty adviser of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUSVA) as well as Associate Facilitator of the Veterans Support Team. Most of her recent fiction relates to veterans. In 2015 she received a Presidential Medal from the University for her work on behalf of veterans.
As a scholar, Mujica writes extensively on Spanish literature. Her latest scholarly books are A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext (Yale, 2014), Shakespeare and the Spanish Comedia (edited, Bucknell 2013), Lettered Women: The Correspondence of Teresa of Avila (Vanderbilt 2009), Santa Teresa de Jesús: Espiritualidad y feminismo, (Ediciones del Orto / University of Minnesota, 2009), and Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters (Yale,2004).