Category Archives: Literature

“Celebración Cervantina / Cervantes Celebration” at K-State

2016 – This year marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two extremely influential literary figures: renowned English playwright William Shakespeare and celebrated Spanish playwright and novelist Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who most know best as the author of … Continue reading

Posted in Language, Literature, Spain | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walking Around Scarecrows and Scarefishes: Surrealist Angst in Maruja Mallo and Pablo Neruda

One of the things I love about teaching and analyzing Spanish literature is that each time I (re)read a text for a new class or course, I end up interpreting it differently depending on what else I happen to be … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Literature, Spain, Spanish America, Surrealism, Women | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Discovering “The Soul of Spain”… in Kansas!

Since my hectic, teaching-heavy spring semester is finally over, I now have some time to start easing back into a few of my research projects. But first, of course, I needed some time to relax and not think about anything … Continue reading

Posted in Art, History, Literature, Spain, Women | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Photography and the Chromatic Language of Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban

With the Obamas’ recent trip to Cuba (March 2016), the Caribbean island has been appearing frequently across social media and in a variety of US news outlets – from the New York Times to Buzzfeed. National Geographic featured a piece … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Language, Literature, Spanish America, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Teaching Spanish America: From the Conquest to Contemporary Film

This semester at Kansas State I’m teaching a 500-level Spanish American Literature survey course, and I decided to experiment a bit with the way I structured the content. Survey-style courses are always challenging to design, given their vast scope — … Continue reading

Posted in History, Literature, Pedagogy, Spanish America | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Picasso’s “Guernica” and Aleixandre’s “Oda”: The Spanish Civil War in Art and Poetry

One of my favorite things to do when creating lesson plans and homework assignments is to find visuals that evoke the same themes or feelings as the literary text. When teaching poetry for example, I have found that images work … Continue reading

Posted in Art, History, Literature, Spain, Spanish Civil War | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Following the Footsteps of a Literary Hero: Personal Histories of Place

This summer I had several projects to work on, including an article on urban Madrid, two new syllabi to prepare, and a conference presentation in Salamanca on the film Las 13 Rosas. But I also took on another smaller project … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Spain, Spanish Civil War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miguel de Cervantes: An internet sensation?

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) has been in the news a lot lately… considering he lived over four centuries ago! First, in late January, Spanish researches reported unearthing a coffin in the Madrid convent where Cervantes was purportedly buried in … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Literature, Spain | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Maternity and Madrid: Gendered Spaces in La rampa (1917)

I have officially decided that September is the fastest-moving, shortest month of the (academic) year. It flies by quicker than winter break. One day you are rather calmly introducing the course syllabus and getting to know new students… the next … Continue reading

Posted in History, Literature, Modernity, Science and Medicine, Spain, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Fun” with Academic Publishing: Wordle, Coffee, and Pedagogy

As any professor, graduate student, or postdoc knows, publishing an article in an academic journal is not a particularly enjoyable process… and it can take months, if not years, to see your article in print once accepted and revised. Knowing … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, First-wave spanish feminism, Literature, Pedagogy, Spain, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment