Individual Faculty Research Profile—George Cole, Ph.D.
Literature and Culture Research Interests
Dr . George Cole's research interests comprise 20th-century Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on Cuba and Puerto Rico, Afro-Cuban literature, culture and religions, and 20th-century Latin American drama. He's also interested in Ritual Theatre, Traditional Yoruba religious culture and practices, transculturation, hybrid cultures, historical novel, Freemasonry, and historical and anthropological approaches to literature.
Dr. Cole is currently working on a book on the evolution of Yoruba religious practices
in Cuban and its symbolism.
Creative Writing Interests and theatre activities
Dr. George Cole has written two plays ¿ Y el director … dónde está? (2007), and La indocumentada (2008), he is currently writing a new play, a spoof on Don Juan. He is finishing the manuscript of a poetry book, and is in the process of writing two novels El otro lado del poeta and Por este signo conquistaréis.
Dr. Cole has been involved in theatre for the past 16 years, most recently he has
directed the TTU productions of La pasión según Antígona Pérez (2006), ¿ Y el director … dónde está? (2007), La indocumentada (2008), and Réquim por Yarini (2009) as part of The Play in Spanish course that he teaches every spring. He has also performed in ¿ Y el director … dónde está? (as el Director), La indocumentada (as Louis D'Aubigne), and Réquim por Yarini (as Alejandro Yarini).
Prizes and Honors
Dr. Cole was nominated twice to AriZoni Theatre Awards for his work as an actor in the plays The Mission (2002) and Romeo y Julieta (2004).
In 2005, Dr. Cole received Texas Tech University Support for the Arts and Humanities Research Program.
Professional Association Offices Held
Since 2007 Dr. Cole has been the Vice-President of the Llano Estacado Chapter of AATSP