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José
Jose Cerna-Bazan Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Spring 2014

Jose Cerna-Bazan received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and studied Amerindian linguistics and cultural theory in his native Peru. He is particularly interested in the relation of literary experimentation and cultural discourses in contexts marked by social heterogeneity. He has published articles on contemporary Latin American poetry and narrative, and a book, Sujeto a cambio, on the work of César Vallejo. He is currently working on a project on society, politics, and representation in Peru (1960-2000).

Palmar
Palmar Alvarez-Blanco Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Boulder. Teaches Spain Today - Narrative & Film and New Spanish Voices. Her teaching and research focus on 20th and 21st Century Peninsular literatures and cultures with a strong interest in film and critical theory. She has published articles on the work of contemporary Spanish authors such as José Ovejero, Ramón Acín, Jose María Merino, Jesús Moncada, Julio Llamazares, Miguel Delibes, Xurxo Borrazas, Belén Gopegui, Oscar Aibar, Juan Cobos-Wilkins, Luisa Castro, Jesús Ferrero, Laura Freixas, Najat Elhachmi, Julian Rodríguez, Isaac Rosa, Miguel Mena, Esther Bendahan, Gabi Martínez, Alejandro Gándara, among others. She is the co-author of the book entitled: Contornos de la narrativa española actual (2000-2010): Un diálogo entre creadores y críticos. (Forthcoming, Iberoamericana 2010-11). Currently, She is working on a book project on "nostalgic" and "contra-nostalgic" literary discourses in contemporary narrative written in Spain.

Becky Boling
Becky Boling Profile
Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Professor of Spanish and the Liberal Arts

Ph.D. from Northwestern. Teaches Forces of Nature, Women Writers in Latin American, Latin American Drama, Novels of Revolution and Dictatorship, and Recent Trends in Latin American Narrative: Testimony and Pop Culture. Her teaching and research focus on both contemporary Latin American narrative and theater with a strong interest in women's writings. She has published on authors such as Mayra Montero, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Luisa Valenzuela, and Griselda Gambaro. She is on the editorial board of Latin American Theater Review and a reader for other journals such as Letras Femeninas and Gestos. Becky has on occasion led the Spanish Winter Seminar in Mexico. Other travel experiences include Argentina, Guatemala, and Spain. Syllabi can be found at http://www.people.carleton.edu/~bboling/beckyboling.html

Jorge
Jorge Brioso Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish
Chair of Spanish

(PHD City University of New York) teaches twentieth century Peninsular Literature and Film at Carleton as well as Latin American Literature. His main areas of interest are literary theory, philosophy and aesthetics. His research focuses on the twentieth century Spanish essay and poetry: Unamuno, Ortega, Machado, Zambrano as well as Cuban literature: Casal, Lezama and Virgilio Piñera.

Linda Burdell
Linda Burdell Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish

(Ph.D. University of Kansas). Linda's BA is in Spanish and Music Performance (flute), and she has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. Her academic interests include all things linguistic, especially sound systems, syntax and second language acquisition. Her literary studies have focused on Mexican women writers and their protrayal of class, race and ethnicity in the 20th century Mexican novel. Linda teaches all levels of Spanish and coordinates the Spanish Language Associate's activities and Parish House.

Maria Elena Doleman
Maria Elena Doleman Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Emerita

Was born in La Habana, Cuba. Her main interests are Foreign Language Education and Cuban studies, especially Cuban American Literature. She has traveled to Spain, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In 1994 she returned to Cuba after 34 years, where she still has family and friends. Maria's Webpage

Self Portrait
Humberto Huergo Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Spring 2014

(Ph.D. from Princeton University) he is a specialist in seventeenth-century art and literature and in Modernist aesthetics.  He has edited several books by José Moreno Villa, including Temas de Arte (Pre-Textos, 2001), Medio mundo y otro medio.  Memorias escogidas (Pre-Textos, 2010), and Función contra forma y otros escritos sobre arquitectura madrileña, 1927-1935 (Iseebooks, 2010).  He is currently working on a book on film and photographic theory in the Second Spanish Republic.

Silvia
Silvia Lopez Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Fall 2014

(Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of Minnesota) teaches XIX century Latin American literature at Carleton, as well as the Introductions to Latin American Studies and Latin American Literature. Her main areas of interest are literary and social modernity in Latin America, cultural and critical theory, and the Frankfurt School. Her research focuses on cultural theory and criticism and she has published articles on Adorno, Lukács, Benjamin, Garcia Canclini, Schwarz, Dalton and Argueta. Together with Christopher Chiappari, she translated Néstor Garcia Canclini's Hybrid Cultures: strategies for entering and leaving modernity. She edited a special issue of Cultural Critique (Fall 2001) titled Critical Theory in Latin America. Currently she is finishing a book of essays entitled Frankfurt Minima: essays in aesthetics and culture.

Diane Pearsall
Diane Pearsall Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Off Campus: Winter 2015

Senior Lecturer. She did her graduate work at the University of Michigan. She specializes in foreign language pedagogy, oversees the Language Assistant Program, and is largely responsible for the implementation of activities related to the Beginning and Intermediate levels of Spanish. She has also served as director of the Carleton in Mexico Program.

Yansi Perez
Yansi Perez Profile
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Yansi Pérez, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of modern and contemporary Latin American cultural studies, literature, and film. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that examines the many facets of history in the work of the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton.  In this book, she revisits a series of debates and topics that were central to Latin American literature of the nineteen sixties and seventies and rethinks and questions the manner in which we read and understand contemporary Latin American literature with the perspectives offered by present critical debates.  The problems that she addresses include the relationship between literature, ethics and politics, the problematic relationship between the artistic and political avant-gardes, and the centrality of the concept of mourning in relation to memory and historical trauma.  She has published articles about Roque Dalton as well as more contemporary Central American authors such as Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Anacristina Rossi and Jacinta Escudos. She offers courses about the detective novel in Latin America, Myth and History in Central America, Postwar Central American Literature and Culture, Race and Nation in the Caribbean, among others. 

Beatriz Pariente-Beltran
Beatriz Pariente-Beltran Profile
Lecturer in Spanish

(PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst). She currently teaches elementary and intermediate language courses. In the past, she has also taught linguistics courses such as Spanish Phonetics, Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition. Her research focuses on the implementation of translation in the second language classroom.

She collaborates with Hermeneus (Journal of Translation and Interpreting by the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain), where she has published translations on Sub Saharan African literature such La rosa de la mujer by Olive Schreiner (in collaboration with other translators), and Una tragedia africana by R.R.R.Dholomo. She has collaborated with Pearson Education Publishing on the development of feedback questions for online materials.

In her free time she enjoys cooking, horseback riding and playing the piano.

Emeriti Faculty

Coco Colteaux Profile
Professor of Spanish, Emerita

Staff

Mary Tatge
Mary Tatge
Administrative Assistant in German and Russian
Administrative Assistant in Spanish
Administrative Assistant in French
Luis Cornago Bonal
Spanish Language House Resident & Language Associate