José Rubia Barcia

Category: Professor and writer
Birth Date: In 1914 (†1997)
Birth Place: Mugardos (A Coruña)

He studied Secondary Education in his native city and then moved to Granada to study Philosophy and Arts. In 1935, he took his degree in Arts with first class honours. He collaborated in the newspaper 'Política' as a correspondent during the Civil War, helping several refugees to flee. He got the professorship of Literature at Valencia University and when the Civil War was over, he moved to Cuba, where he gave lectures and founded a school in Havana and the Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1943, he went to Princeton University (New Jersey) as a conversation assistant to give some courses but he stayed in the USA and did not return to Spain. He worked with Buñuel in Hollywood (1944) and translated into Spanish the plot of ¡Viva Zapata!. In Hollywood he founded the academy of Dramatic Art in 1946. The following year he was nominated as conversation assistant of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language at Los Angeles University. In 1951, he became a Professor of Spanish Modern Literature. In 1954, he was about to be deported owing to the 'witch-hunt' organised by MacCarthy. The following year he moved to Portugal to see his family, but he was not allowed to, moving with his wife to Paris. Since 1961, he was a Professor at Los Angeles University and emeritus Professor since 1985.

 Work & Activities

He wrote two poetry books (Noche de Galicia and Tres en uno) and some research works and essays such as España y IV, El esperpento y su signo universal, La Pardo Bazán y Unamuno, Umbral de sueños, Poetas españoles en USA, Lengua y cultura, Mascarón de proa, Memoria de España... He also wrote articles for several magazines.

 Other Interesting Aspects

In 1983, he got 'José Vasconceles' prize and became a member of the Galician Academy.