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Each year the Spanish & Portuguese Program is honored to host Visiting Professors from various different educational backgrounds. We feel that these honored guests allow our students the opportunities to network within their field and gain crucial persepctive on their research.


Current Visiting Faculty

Ibtissam Bouachrine
Literary Currents in Spain I
Smith College
Spring 2014

Ibtissam Bouachrine received her Ph.D. from Tulane University. Her research interests include pluricultural Iberia, literary and cultural theory, feminisms, Mediterranean studies, illuminated Arabic and Hebrew manuscripts, theories of love, and medieval horticultural treatises from al-Andalus, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches and writes on medieval and early modern Mediterranean literatures and cultures. Professor Bouachrine will be teaching Spanish 320 (Literary Currents in Spain I) in the Spring semester: a course that introduces students to the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to 1700. There will be an emphasis on literary currents and their relation to history and culture of the period. Representative poetry, narrative, drama.


John Cull
"Exit Stage Right" Spanish Golden Age Comedia and its Staging
College of the Holy Cross
Spring 2014

In the Spring 2014 Semester, Professor Cull (College of the Holy Cross) will be teaching "Exit Stage Right." Spanish Golden Age Comedia and its Staging, where students will be reading a selection of canonical Spanish Golden Age comedias as both literary and cultural artifacts of the Spanish Golden Age, and as the manifestation of a vitally important socio-economic phenomenon that affected and transformed Spanish society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Dr. Cull is currently a Professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross. His PhD on "Love Melancholy in the Spanish Pastoral Novel" was awarded by the University of Illinois in 1984. In addition to publications arising from his disseration, he has published regularly in three other main areas: Cervantes studies, emblematics, and the staging of Spanish Golden Age comedias. He is Co-Editor of the book series Medio Maravedí and a member of the editorial board of journals such as Emblematica, Imago: revista de emblemática y cultura visual, Janus. Estudios sobre el Siglo de Oro and Interfaces.


Luiza Lobo
New History and Brazilian Literature
Fullbright Scholar: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Spring 2014

Luiza Lobo is currently a post-graduate professor within the Faculdade de Letras at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. The course Prof. Lobo will teach at UMass is New History and Brazilian Literature. The main focus of the course will be to understand Brazilian society and its latest changes in mentalilty through the study of literature. Students will begin by focusing on the background of the third phase of the French new history school after the 1970s, its 'linguistic turn' during postmodernism and its anti-metaphysical standpoint. Students will discuss Hayden White's work Metahistory and Linda Hutcheon's concept of metafiction in A Poetics of Postmodernism, among other authors, such as Fernand Braudel and Michel De Certeau. Turning to new history novels and essays by the Brazilian authors Lilia Schwarcz, Ana Miranda and Antonio Torres (in Portuguese, or in English or in Spanish translation), will illustrate the history of mentality, the history from below and oral history in Brazilian literature and society.


Expected Visiting Faculty

Roberto Márquez
The Hispanic Caribbean and its Diasporas: Latin@ Literature and Society in the US
Fall 2014

Translator, editor, essayist, and literary critic Roberto Marquez is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Mount Holyoke College. An alumnus of Bronx Community College Operation Second Chance Program, Márquez received his B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Peru, he has also received National Endowment for the Humanities and Tinker Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships, a Coordinating Council on Literary Magazines (CCLM) Editor's Fellowship Award for his work as founder-editor of Caliban: A Journal of New World Thought and Writing, and the Dorothy Blumenfeld Moyer Prize "for creative work in Languages and Literature". Recognized for the caliber of his many translations from the work of a wide variety of Latin American poets and writers and for his work in the field of Caribbean literary and cultural history, Márquez is the editor of several volumes of the poetry of Nicolás Guillén, including My Last Name and Other Poems, The Great Zoo, Patria o Muerte: The Great Zoo and Other Poems, and, with D. A. McMurray, Man-Making Words: Selected Poems. During his semester with the Spanish & Portuguese program at UMass, Márquez will teach a course entitled: The Hispanic Caribbean and its Diasporas, which will examin the emergence and articulation of a distinctly Latin@ consciousness in the United States and the literary expression in which , over time, it finds creative expression. Emphasis will be on the historical, communal, and Diaspora contexts of that expression, as well as its literary particularities, characteristic forms, settings, moods and signature concerns.

Previous Visiting Faculty


Helen Freear-Papio
Escritura Femenina, Teoría Femenista: Teatro Español Moderno
College of the Holly Cross
Fall 2013

This Fall Semester , Professor Freear-Papio (College of the Holy Cross) is teaching an introductory seminar on modern Spanish Theater by women in which feminist theory is used to achieve a deeper understanding of female theatrical work as both text and performance. Starting in the early and hopeful years of the 20th century, passing through the dark years of the dictatorship and finally emerging into the democratic society of the late 20th and early 21st century, this course starts with an analysis of the many difficulties (historical, social, literary, economic and cultural) that women dramatists have faced as they try not only to write and publish theater but ultimately to have their works staged. The seminar focuses primarily on the plays of the two post-Franco generations of female dramatists. The works to be read include plays by Concha Romero, Carmen Resino, Lidia Falcón, Paloma Pedrero, Beth Escudé, Itziar Pascual, Diana de Paco Serrano, Luisa Cunillé, and Lourdes Ortiz. Feminist themes such as the re-writing of myth and history, the creation of female identity, "otherness" as well as global feminism, terror and domestic violence are addressed through close readings of text and theory as well as through the occasional dramatic reading.



Marcus V. Freitas
Brazilian Travelers in the USA, American Travelers in Brazil
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Spring 2013

The Program of Spanish and Portuguese was the receipient of the first Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies at UMass, a position sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies. Professor Marcus V. Freitas taught BRAZILIAN TRAVELERS IN THE USA, AMERICAN TRAVELERS IN BRAZIL. In his class he reconstructed aspects of the mutual visions between Brazil and the United States through the reading and analysis of outstanding travel accounts, memoirs, scientific reports, journalistic reports, fictional narratives, as well as painting and photography, produced by American travelers in Brazil, and by Brazilian travelers in the USA. The period that covered was approximately from 1860 to 1940. This period is crucial, both in Brazil and the US, to understand how each country entered Modernity. Especially from the Brazilian point of view, America plays a key and controversial role as the modern nation's model that Brazil simultaneously aims at and refuses to be. Cultural, political, economic, scientific and artistic issues, from both sides, were taken into consideration throughout the course.



Domingo Sánchez-Mesa
Expanding Literature in the New Media
University of Granada, Spain
Fall 2012

Prof. Domingo Sánchez-Mesa, a leading expert in Digital Humanities in Spain, offered the graduate class "Expanding Literature in the New Media". According to his syllabus, "combinando conceptos y algunas herramientas metodológicas de la teoría de la literatura y la literatura comparada, este curso apunta a la revisión del espacio o disciplina de los estudios literarios, en su relación dialógica con los estudios culturales (CS) y los New Media Studies. Dicha reflexión tendrá lugar, fundamentalmente, a propósito de la "extension" que para la literatura suponen las prácticas que estudiaremos bajo la denominación de literatura digital".



Digital Cultures & Arts in Spain Seminar
Domingo Sánchez-Mesa (Universidad de Granada)
Concha Gómez (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
Fall 2012

The seminar encouraged critical reflection on the cultural and communication processes behind the configuration of the social & political imaginaries of cyber-culture, throughout the media landscape (cinema, television, videogames, Internet, trans-media, etc.). It studied the evolution of adaptation practices, analyzing the specificity of digital literary texts within the framework of new media (hyper-textuality and cyber-textuality), focusing on the new trans-media landscape as an emerging industry, and a new space of production and consumption of the editorial and audiovisual industries. Students were also introduced to the roles and oscillating presence of women in the Spanish cinema industry, with a specific focus on the turn of the century context and the digitalization processes of such an industry (XX-XXI).



Contemporary Peninsular Theater Workshop
Diana de Paco (Universidad de Murcia)
Virtudes Serrano (Escuela Superior de Arte dramática, Murcia)
Mariano de Paco (Universidad de Murcia)
Spring 2012

At Umass Diana de Paco, Virtudes Serrano and Mariano de Paco team-taught an intensive graduate workshop on 20th-21st c. Spanish theater. Diana de Paco represents the youngest generation of Spanish playwrights. Among many awards, she is the first woman to be granted the prestigious Theater Prize Ciudad de Valencia, for her drama Obsession Street (2011). Some of her most acclaimed plays include: PCP (2010); 'Su tabaco, gracias' (2004), 'Polifonía' (2001); 'Lucía. La antesala' (2002), 'Eco de cenizas' (1998). Virtudes Serrano is Professor of Drama in the Escuela Superior de Arte dramática, Murcia. She is the author of annotated editions of the works of fundamental figures of twentieth- century Spanish theater, such as Buero Vallejo, García Lorca, Paloma Pedrero, Domingo Mirás, Carmen Resin and of numerous articles on the different movements and trends that shaped the world of theater in the last century. In particular, one of her areas of specialization is women playwrights in the postwar period. Mariano de Paco is one of the most prolific theater critics in Spain. He is Professor of Theater in the Department of Spanish Literature, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Murcia. He is a leading expert in the production of Spanish dramatists such as Buero Vallejo, Alfonso Sastre, Vicente Medina, Carmen Resino and Concha Romero, among others. He is the author of monographs such as El teatro de los hermanos Álvarez Quintero (2010), Antonio Buero Vallejo en el teatro actual (1998) , Creación escénica y sociedad española (1998), Teatro y sociedad (1997), just to mention a few.



Marcus Maia
Language Processing and Latin American Languages
Comparative Issues in Grammar and Processing of Spanish, Portuguese and English
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Spring 2012

Professor and researcher in the areas of Psycholinguistics (word and sentence processing) and Brazilian Indigenous Languages, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Marcus Maia was a visiting professor at UMass during the Spring Semester of 2012. He taught two courses during the semester, namely, Spanish 697 - Language Processing and Latin American Languages and Spanish 497 - Comparative Issues in Grammar and Processing of Spanish, Portuguese and English at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. These courses introduced students to the theoretical and practical foundations of psycholinguistic experimental investigation in the areas of syntactic parsing, anaphora resolution, semantic interpretation and word recognition in Spanish, Portuguese, English and some indigenous languages of Brazil. Students reviewed studies and developed experimental projects on syntactic ambiguity resolution, processing of relative clauses, resolution of pronouns and empty categories, argument structure and on bilingual sentence processing. In addition to teaching these courses, Marcus Maia also interacted with professor Luiz Amaral in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, professors Tom Roeper and Lyn Frazier in the Department of Linguistics, and Professor Adrian Staub in the Department of Psychology. As one of the results of his visit, the conference and book project "Recursion in Brazilian Languages & Beyond" was conceived and developed.



Inés París
The Work of Inés París
Film Director and Screen Writer
Fall 2011

Film director, screen writer, and philosopher specializing in Aesthetics as well as Art Theory; Inés París studied drama with an emphasis in both acting and directing. As a screenwriter, she has extensive experience in telievision. Inés París directed her first two films with Daniela Fejerman: A mi madre le gustan las mujeres and Semen, una historia de amor. Her first solo film, Miguel y William, was released in 2007 and imagines an encounter between Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. Co-founder of CIMA (Association of women in film and audiovisual media), Inés París served as its president since its creation until 2012. At UMass, Inés París taught an intensive workshop in screenwriting in Spanish.



Mabel Giammatteo
University of Buenos Aires
Fall 2011

Professor and researcher in the area of lexicon and grammar of Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires, Mabel Giammatteo has conducted six research projects on lexicon and its connection to the reading and writing processes. At the moment the aim of her research team is to establish strong links between theoretical research and the language needs emerging from other fields (professional translation, proofreading, language processing, communication through technology, etc.). In 1999 she was awarded a prize from the Latin American Linguistic and Philological Association (ALFAL), and in 2004 she was granted a scholarship by BANK SANTANDER-RÍO for one of her projects on applied investigation. She has published several books and numerous articles in research journals in her country and abroad. She currently chairs the Argentine Linguistic Society (SAL). At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2011, she served as a Visiting Associate Professor of a Spanish course and a postgraduate seminar on linguistic categories as universal molds that constitute cognitive points of reference allowing people to conceptualize the surrounding reality.



Nieves Romero-Díaz
Mount Holyoke College
Spring 2010

Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College, her publications include articles on Celestina, María de Zayas, Cervantes, and the Barroque prose in general (see her monograph, Nueva nobleza, nueva novela [2002]). Currently, her research focuses on the intersections between gender and politics during Philip IV’s realm. Her latest publications have been dedicated to her current research, including the awarded bilingual edition of María de Guevara’s political treatises (2007), and articles such as Del sarao zayesco a la carta agrediana. La sociabilidad cortesana femenina en la España de Felipe IV (2013). In Spring 2010, Prof. Romero-Díaz taught the graduate course, Recasting History: Power and Gender in Early Modern Spain. This course looked at Early Modern Spanish history (1500-1700), through the lens of the complex connections between gender and other dimensions of power and culture (e.g. religion, class, sexuality, and race), and focused on how gender differences/expectations and women’s agency were negotiated at the time. Recasting history and including gender as a category of analysis not only helped students understand the impact of women in Early Modern Spain, but also forced them to rethink other important historical categories (e.g. power/authority, private/public). Objects of study included letters, legal texts, (auto)biographies, political treatises, books of conduct, as well as paintings and movies.