Bárbara Mujica is a novelist, essayist, short story writer and critic. Her latest novel, I Am Venus (Overlook 2013), revolves around the mystery surrounding The Rokeby Venus, the only extant female nude by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. I Am Venus was a winner of the 2012 Maryland Writers’ Association Fiction Competition in the category Historical Fiction. Kirkus Reviews writes: “Mujica’s prose is vigorous and intense, and the story is paradoxically both dark and illuminating.”
Mujica’s novel frida (Overlook 2001; Plume Paperback 2002) explores the tumultuous relationship between Frida Kahlo and Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. frida was an international bestseller that appeared in seventeen languages and was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate.
Sister Teresa (Overlook 2007; Penguin Paperback 2008) is a fictionalized account of the life of the intrepid Spanish mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila. Sister Teresa is being adapted for the stage by Coco Blignaut of The Actors Studio, in Los Angeles.
Bárbara Mujica’s other book-length fiction includes a novel, The Death of Don Bernardo (1990) and two collections of stories, Sanchez across the Street (1997) and Far from My Mother’s Home (1999), which was published in French in 2005.
Barbara Mujica's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines including The Minnesota Review, Pangolin Papers, and The Literary Review, and anthologies such as Where Angels Glide at Dawn, eds. Lori Carlson and Cnythia Ventura, Intro. Isabel Allende, What Is Secret: Stories by Chilean Women, ed. Marjorie Agosín,Two Worlds Walking, ed. C. W. Truesdale and Diana Glancy, and The House of Memory, ed. Marjorie Agosin(1999).
In 2012 Mujica’s story “Imagining Iraq” was a winner of the Maryland Writers’ Association Fiction Competition in the Short Story category. Mujica has also won the Trailblazers Award from Dialogue on Diversity for frida and other writings, the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for short fiction, the Pangolin Prize for Best Short Story of the Year (1998), and the E. L. Doctorow International Fiction Competition. She is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction. In addition, she has also won grants and awards from Poets and Writers of New York, Washington Women in the Theater, the Cultural Ministry of Spain, the Spanish Embassy, Georgetown University, and other institutions.
Mujica's essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning Star, Commonweal, The Huffington Post, and hundreds of other publications. In 1990 her essay “Bilingualisms Goal” was named one of the best 50 op-eds of the decade by The New York Times.
Bárbara Mujica is a professor at Georgetown University and a specialist in early modern Spanish literature. Her latest scholarly works are A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext (Yale University Press 2013), Shakespeare and the Spanish Comedia: Translation, Interpretation, Performance (Ed. Bucknell University Press / Rowland and Littlefield 2013), Teresa de Ávila: Lettered Woman (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), Teresa de Jesús: Espiritualidad y feminismo (Orto / University of Minnesota 2005), Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters (Yale University Press 2004), and Hispanomundo (Harcourt College Publishing, 2001). She has edited eight literary anthologies.