view or download my CV via Google Docs here: CV – Rebecca M Bender, PhD
Rebecca M. Bender, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Kansas State University
Department of Modern Languages
107 Eisenhower Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Kansas State University – faculty page
Ph.D. Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2013)
Dissertation title: First-Wave Spanish Feminism: Negotiating the Changing Faces of Motherhood and Maternity through Narrative
M.A., Spanish Literature, The University of New Mexico (2007)
Specializations: Latin American and Peninsular Spanish Literature
B.S. Secondary Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2005)
Manuscripts in preparation:
Pregnant Minds and Literary Bodies: Motherhood and Feminism in Spanish Women’s Literature of the Modernist Era (1900-36)
- 2017 “Fashion, Ekphrasis, and the Avant-Garde Novel: Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1924).” Ciberletras, vol. 39 (Dec.), n.p. http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras/v39/bender.htm>
***AWARD: Adela Zamudio Essay Prize, 2nd place, Best published essay of 2017, Feministas Unidas, September 2018.
- 2016 “Theorizing a Hybrid Feminism: Motherhood in Margarita Nelken’s En torno a nosotras (1927).” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 93, no. 2, pp. 131-48)
- 2014 “From New York to Cuba: Distinct Representations of Convergent Ideologies in Federico García Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York and Nicolás Guillén’s Motivos de son.” Latin American Literary Review, vol. 83, no. 1, pp. 7-30.
- 2012 “Maternity Ward Horrors: Urban Motherhood in Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa (1917).” Cincinnati Romance Review, vol. 34, pp. 79-96.
- 2012 “The Failure of Language in Ernesto Sábato’s El túnel.” Romance Notes, vol. 52, no.2, pp. 225-33.
- 2010 “Vislumbres de una filosofía vitalista en La hiperestésica de Ramón Gómez de la Serna.” Boletín RAMÓN, vol. 20, pp. 3-13.
- 2017 “Modernity and Madrid: The Gendered Urban Geography of Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa (1917). In Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience. Ed. Deborah Simonton. Routledge, pp. 130-41.
- 2016 “The Body of Venus: From Eroticism to Maternality in José Díaz Fernández’s La Venus mecánica (1929). In Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy. Ed. Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Maria Truglio. Routledge, pp. 210-31.
- 2019 Anja Louis and Michelle M. Sharp, eds. Multiple Modernities. Carmen de Burgos, Author and Activist. Routledge, 2017. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Languages. Doi/Citation.
(illustrated and expanded as blog post: Multiple Modernities: New essays on Carmen de Burgos (review)
- 2018 Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson, eds. A New History of Iberian Feminisms, Toronto U P, 2018. (published in Feministas Unidas FemUn Newsletter, Fall 2018, vol. 38, no. 2. pp. 15-18: http://feministas-unidas.org/ ).
(illustrated and expanded as blog post: A New History of Iberian Feminisms (review)
- 2017 Francisca Vilches-de Frutos, ed. Las Cortes republicanas durante la Guerra Civil. Madrid 1936, Valencia 1937 y Barcelona 1938 by Matilde de la Torre. Madrid: Cátedra de Exilio, 2015. (published in Feministas Unidas’s FemUn Newsletter, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 28-31: http://feministas-unidas.org/ ).
(illustrated and expanded as blog post: Matilde de la Torre and the Republican Courts in 1930s Spain)
TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
(see TEACHING page for course details, syllabi, etc.)
Aug. 2016 – present
Assistant Professor of Spanish, tenure-track
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)
Aug. 2015 – July 2016
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (one-year appointment)
Kansas State University, Department of Modern Languages (Manhattan, KS)
Aug. 2013 – May 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (two-year appointment)
Grinnell College, Department of Spanish (Grinnell, Iowa)
Adjunct Instructor of Spanish (Distance Learning) (summer appointment)
Midland College, Division of Fine Arts and Communication (Midland, Texas)
Created and monitored online Spanish courses with Blackboard (Spanish 1; Spanish 4)
Site created for managing courses: https://sites.google.com/site/drrebeccambender/
Aug. 2009 – May 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant / Instructor
The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Study Abroad Teaching Assistant, Penn State Summer Study Abroad Program
Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico
Aug 2007 – May 2008
Visiting Spanish Instructor (one-year appointment)
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Languages and Cultures
Aug 2005 – May 2007
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of New Mexico, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Spanish Teacher – Student Teaching placements
SPECIALIZED AND INTERNATIONAL STUDY
- 2011: Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory. Seminar: “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond” with Dr. Kathryn Bond Stockton.
- 2010 Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla, Mexico (May 15-June 3). Graduate Assistant and Co-Instructor for Penn State’s Summer Study Abroad Program.
- 2006 Copán Field School, Copán Ruinas, Honduras (July 1-31). Graduate student of Art History and Archaeology, University of New Mexico.
- 2004 Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. Undergraduate Semester Abroad.
- 2002 ESL Internship, Hogar Santa Ana (Orphanage), Adjuntas, Puerto Rico (June)
- 2018, MacEwan University: “Snapping the Quijote: Cervantes, Semiotics, and Digital Storytelling”. Storytelling & Language Learning, hosted and sponsored by the Department of Humanities, MacEwan University. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. September 26.
- 2017, The Pennsylvania State University: “Gender, Modernity, and Urban Geographies in Carmen de Burgos’s Madrid”. Hosted and sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the graduate seminar La ciudad como texto: Historia, teoría y crítica de espacios urbanos. The Pennsylvania State University. State College, PA. April 14.
- 2016, University of California, San Bernardino: “Las 13 Rosas: The Glorification of Traditional Motherhood in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” Hosted by the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the Club de Cine Iberoamericano. California State University, San Bernardino. San Bernardino, CA. March 10.
PRESENTATIONS (Select recent)
- 2019 “Motherhood and the Urban Economy in Margarita Nelken’s La trampa del arenal (1923)”. Imaginarios económicos en la literatura y el cine de España y Latinoamérica. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 5-6.
- 2018 “The Don Quixote Seminar: Pedagogy and Pop Culture.” Cervantes Society of America North American Conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. September 27-29.
- 2018 “Early Social Justice Warrior? Carmen de Burgos and Institutional Reform in Early 20th Century Spain.” Part of the Roundtable Space of Maternity, Motherhood, and Care in the Hispanic World from Past to Present. 49th Annual NeMLA Convention, Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15.
- 2018 “Carmen de Burgos’s Feminist Art Museum in the Avant-Garde Novel The Fantastic Woman”. The 5th Annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Mar. 30.
- 2017: ““La moda, o el arte de la indumentaria”: Fashion and Ekphrasis in Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1925).” Representations of Fashion and Clothing in Hispanic Literatures / Representaciones de la moda y el vestido en las literaturas hispánicas. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 7-8.
- 2017: Soulless Angels: The Dehumanization of the Traditional Housewife in “La muñeca menor” and The Stepford Wives” The 4th Annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Mar. 3.
**Co-presented with undergraduate student Amy Hein.
- 2016: “Mother or Monster? Exploring Female Subjectivity through Science, Medicine, and Literature in early 20th Century Spain.” The Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Nov. 3-5.
- 2016: “‘Las madres son más que los dioses’: The Art of Maternity in Federica Montseny’s La indomable (1927)” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). The University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 14-16.
- 2015: “Las 13 Rosas: La mitificación de la madre tradicional y apolítica en el cine español contemporáneo.” III Congreso Internacional Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine en Español y Portugués. Salamanca, España, June 24-26.
- 2014: “Maternity in Madrid: Gendered Spaces in Carmen de Burgos’ La rampa.” European Studies Salon: Sex and the City. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. Sept. 25.
- 2014: “Los avances médico-científicos como artes plásticas posmodernas en La piel que habito (2011).” VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. El humanismo hispánico en la encrucijada universal de la comunicación: lo impreso, lo visual y lo electrónico. Santiago de Compostela, España, June 26-28.
The Volunteer. www.albavolunteer.org
The Volunteer is the online journal of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. The journal is published four times per year.
- 2015 “Book Review: Personal Histories of Place” Sept. 13.
Nursing Clio. Because the personal is historical. www.nursingclio.org
Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine.
- 2014 “Pretty Women Use Birth Control.” Mar. 4.