Provost Briefs

Spanish and Hispanic Studies

During the Fall semester, the department dedicated most of its efforts to the successful tenure reviews of May Farnsworth and Caroline Travalia. Congratulations to our colleagues! Juan Liébana was elected president of ALDEEU-Spanish Professionals in America. Liébana edited and published a collection of articles on Hispanic themes under the title “El viaje Ithaca”, and he also organized an international conference in St. Augustine, FL (April 17-19) in commemoration of the Fifth Centennial of Florida. Keynote speakers were writers Elvira Lindo and Antonio Muñoz Molina. Four members of the department participated in the conference: Travalia, Rodríguez-Mansilla, Llosa and Liébana.

May Summer Farnsworth’s essay on Argentine Women Stage Directors (co-authored with Brenda Werth at American University) will appear in the forthcoming International Women Stage Directors (edited by Anne Fliotsos and Wendy Vierow, University of Illinois Press). Also forthcoming is a co-edited critical anthology of Latin American theatre by Women: Escrito por mujeres (LATR Books, U of Kansas). She has recently taught courses on feminism in Latin American fiction, Hispanic women writers, and gender in the 19th-century romance novel.

Caroline Travalia’s most recent publications in refereed journals include an article on dubbing theory, which appeared in Babel, one of Europe’s most prestigious venues for Translation Studies, in November, 2012, and another on the advantages of dubbed film in the Spanish classroom, published in Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish, in March 2013. Another of her articles, on colloquial phraseology in Spanish, has been accepted for publication in Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. Next fall she will direct the HWS Study Abroad program in Seville, Spain.

Fernando Rodríguez Mansilla published his book Picaresca femenina de Alonso de Castillo Solórzano (Madrid-Frankfurt, Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012). Last Fall, he organized the Spanish Film Series, showing five recent Hispanic films. This Spring, as Spanish TF liaison, Prof. Mansilla was involved in the organization of the first Spanish TF fiesta in early February. Finally, in March, he invited Prof. Alejandro García-Reidy (Syracuse University) to campus to lecture on Spanish Golden Age Theatre.

Álvaro Llosa Sanz published several articles in Anales Cervantinos, Revista Caracteres and L’Érudit Franco-Espagnol on diverse Hispanic Literature topics. He also was invited at Union College in February to present a talk on a digital editionof Ramón Gómez de la Serna’s Greguerías actually in progress and recently funded by HWS (forthcoming in 2014). In April he co-directed a workshop titled “Creating an online community – technology in the second language classroom” at Syracuse University.

In April, three members of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department (May Farnsworth, Álvaro Llosa, and Carlos Villacorta) presented a panel on capitalism in Hispanic literary culture at the Carolina Conference on Romance Languages and literatures in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In February Carlos Villacorta also organized a Poetry Workshop in collaboration With Intercultural Affairs.


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