Professor Emeritus, Spanish Studies, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. Born: Trinidad & Tobago.
Dr. Kenrick Mose, whose specialization is Spanish and Latin American studies, has been Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph since 1998.
Career: Dr. Mose began his teaching career in the Caribbean; Master, St. George’s College and Instructor at the Polytechnic Institute, Trinidad (1959-61); Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Jamaica (1964-67); Milton Buchanan and Canada Council Fellow, Uruguay and Argentina (1967-69); Lecturer, Acadia University (1969-70); Assistant Professor (1970-77), Associate Professor (1977-89) and Professor (1989-97), University of Guelph. Has also held a number of administrative positions: Chair, Ontario Cooperative Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1976-78); and at University of Guelph, Head of Spanish, (1977-79, 1983-85, and 1988-90); Acting Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures (1978-79 and 1992-93).
He is the author of several books, articles and reviews; his area of research has been the contemporary Colombian novel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and social problems in Spanish American Literature.
Major works: The Voices of Time, a novel (2009); Shades of Darkness, poetry (1993); Defamiliarization in the Work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1947-1967, 1989); Enrique Amorim: The Passion of a Uruguayan (1973).
Education: PhD (1969); MA, University of Toronto (1962); Diploma Education, University of the West Indies (1959); BA/Hons, University of the West Indies-London (1958).
Favourite book? No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. For the succinct and masterly way in which he makes great art out of social problems.
Favourite quote? Not really a quote but a poem. Longfellow’s “Psalm of Life,” an old primary school poem with a strong, positive message. The last stanza is this: “Let us, then, be up and doing / With a heart for any fate / Still achieving, still pursuing / Learn to labour and to wait.”
What I would love to do but haven’t? Distill the essence of the Caribbean and its diaspora into song.
Who inspires you? All the dedicated people who strive for sense and coherence, solidarity and beauty, in an often disordered and cruel world.
Why I do what I do? Because it’s the only road I could walk.