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Dr. Amy M Austin

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[Austin, Dr. Amy M]
  • Assist Professor, Modern Languages

Biography

Professor Amy Austin (Ph.D. Emory University 2004) specializes in medieval and early modern peninsular literature.Her research focuses on the practices and theories of medieval reading, mysticism and spiritual constructions, visual studies, and theater and spectatorship. Most recently, Dr. Austin published "Love of Language as the Language of Love: Image, Reading and Translatio Studii et Imperii in Ramon Llull's (1232-1316)  Arbre de filosofia d'amor (1298)" in eHumanista (December 2015).  Dr. Austin has also published an article on theatricality in Spanish minor theater entitled “Escenificación corporal y autorreferencialidad en el entremés La casa holgona de Pedro Calderón de la Barca.” She is currently co-editing, along with contributing a chapter to the volume Ramon Llull and His Legacy (Brill 2017). Her first book, The Worlds of Ramon Llull: Mapping Translatio in Medieval Iberia is currently under consideration at Brill Press. At UT Arlington, Professor Austin teaches third and fourth year undergraduate courses as well as graduate level courses in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.

Professional Preparation

    • 2004 PhD in Spanish, with HonorsEmory University
    • 1997 BA in Spanish and Communication Studies, with HonorsUniversity of Kansas

Appointments

    • Aug 2014 to Present Graduate Advisor, Department of Modern Languages
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2007 to Present Assist Professor
      University of Texas, Arlington   College of Arts and Sciences   Modern Languages
    • Sept 2004 to Aug 2007 Visiting Assistant Professor
      Union College   College of Arts and Sciences   Modern Languages
    • Sept 2000 to Aug 2004 Teaching Associate
      Emory University   College of Arts and Sciences   Spanish and Portuguese

Memberships

  • Professional
    • 2013 to Present American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, American Medieval Association, Association of Hispanic Classical Theater, Illinois Medieval Association, Medieval Academy of America, Midwest Modern Language Association
    • 2013 to Present Modern Language Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Southeastern Medieval Association, Texas Medieval Association

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2016 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Advisor sponsored by College of Liberal ArtsOffice of the Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsOffice of the PresidentUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • Dec  2015 Nominated for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jun  2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
      Description:

      “The Medieval Mediterranean and the Emergence of the West,” NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors.

    • Sep  2008 Reseach Enhancement Program Grant sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
      Description:

      Research and writing “Translating Llull: Reading Convivencia through the Llibre de meravelles (1288-1289)”

    • Apr  2008 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jun  2006 Curricular Support Summer Technology Grant sponsored by Union College
    • May  2006 Internal Education Fund Grant sponsored by Union College
    • Mar  2005 Humanities Development Fund Grant sponsored by Union College
      Description:

      To conduct research on the project “Seeing the Tree Through the Forests: Image as Translatio of Convivencia in Ramon Llull’s Llibre del gentil and Arbre de ciéncia

    • Mar  2005 Internal Education Fund Grant sponsored by Union College
    • Sep  2003 Graduate School Fifth Year Fellow sponsored by Emory University
    • Feb  2003 Hesse Graduate Student Grant for Best Paper sponsored by Association of Hispanic Classical Theater Conference
      Description:

      Paper Title: “Autorreferencialidad corporal en el entremés La casa holgona de Pedro Calderón de la Barca"

    • Nov  2002 Honors for Ph.D. Qualifying Exam sponsored by Emory University
    • Sep  2002 Quadrangle Research Symposium Graduate Fellow sponsored by Emory University
    • Sep  1999 Department of Spanish and Portuguese Summer Grant for Catalan Study sponsored by Emory University

Research and Expertise

  • Amy Austin
    Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature; Practice and Theory of Medieval Reading; Portrayal of Women in Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Mysticism and Spiritual Constructions; Image and Text; Theater and Spectatorship; Bestiaries and Animal Imagery.

Publications

      Book Forthcoming
      • Eds. Austin, Amy and Mark Johnston. Ramon Llull and His Legacy (1232-1316). Brill Press: Lleiden, 2017.

        {Book} [Refereed/Juried]
      Forthcoming
      • The Worlds of Ramon Llull: Mapping Translatio in Medieval Iberia. Under consideration by Brill Press.

        {Book} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2015
      • "Love of Language as the Language of Love: Image, Reading and Translatio Studii et Imperii in Ramon Llull's (1232-1316) Arbre de filosofia d'amor (1298)." eHumanista VITRA 8 (2015): 86-98.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Review 2009
      • Austin, Amy. Rev. of The Triumphant Juan Rana: A Gay Actor of the Spanish Golden Age, by Peter E. Thompson. Bulletin of the Comediantes 2009.
        {Book Review} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2006
      • Austin, Amy. 2006. Escenificación corporal y autorreferencialidad en el entremés La casa holgona de Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Bulletin of the Comediantes 58.2.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

Presentations

    • March  2015
      “Mapping Translatio from Ramon Llull’s Llibre del gentil e dels tres savis (1274-1276).” March 13, 2015. The University of Colorado, Boulder. (Invited)

      Ramon Llull (1232-1316) was a vernacular author who shaped the literary, cultural, and religious landscape of medieval Iberia.  His fictional works in Catalan have been excluded from discussions of medieval reading and writing practices. However, Llull’s works are essential to understanding the literary landscapes of medieval Iberia and the medieval Mediterranean.  His vernacular writings offer an historically contemporaneous counter-position to the Alfonsine traditions of translatio studii et imperii (the transfer of knowledge and power) that significantly contributes to the modern theories of how medieval knowledge and power were formed, shared, and promoted.

    • July  2015
      Reading Translatio Studii in the Worlds of Ramon Llull

            This presentation examined how Ramon Llull's life and works offer a more nuanced view of translatio studii in medieval Iberia.

    • October  2012
      "Translating Faith, Ramon Llull, and the Medieval Mediterranean." (October 13, 2012)
    • January  2012
      "Courtesan Bodies and Chivalric Codes in La historia delos nobles caualleros Oliueros de Castilla y Artus d'Algarve (1499?)." (January 6, 2012)
    • March  2012
      "Identifying Power and the Perfect Caballero in Fifteenth-Century Spain." (March 16, 2012)
    • February  2011
      "Oliueros de Castilla, Narrative Frames, and Powers in the Visual," (February 26, 2011)
    • May  2011
      "Movement, Piety, and the Medieval Page in Ramon Llull's Arbre de filosofía d'amor." (May 13, 2011)
    • May  2010
      "Mapping Text, Image, and Translatio: Into the Woods with Ramon Llull," (May 2010)
    • November  2009
      "Reading and Semiotics of the Body in Ramon Llull's Llibre de les bèsties," (November 6, 2009)
    • February  2009
      "Reading Translatio and Convivencia from the Edges of the Medieval Iberian Canon," Living on the Edge in the Medieval and Early Modern World: A Conference," (February 20, 2009) By invitation
    • November  2008
      "On Ramon Llull, the Knight of the Trees and the Medieval Iberian Love in Reading," (November 14, 2008)
    • January  2007
      "Branching Out: Authority and Female Authorship in Fifteenth-Century Iberia," (January 12, 2007)
    • October  2007
      "Love of Language as the Language of Love in the Libro de buen amor," (October 6, 2007)
    • October  2006
      "Knowledge, Authorship and the Image of the Tree in Teresa de Cartagena's Arboleda de los enfermos,"(November 17, 2006)
    • March  2006
      "Images and the Art of Medieval Reading.", (March 2, 2006) By invitation
    • March  2006
      "Entre cuerpos: El teatro breve del Siglo de Oro." Given in conjunction with the course "Stages of Resistance: The Representation of Gender, Politics and Identity in Spanish Theater," (March 2, 2006) By invitation
    • March  2006
      "Movement, Reading and Translatio Studii in Ramon Llull's Arbre de filosofia d'amor," (April 21, 2006)
    • October  2005
      "The Lion Tamer: Consumption in Ramon Llull's Llibre de les bèsties," (November 19, 2005)
    • December  2005
      "Seeing the Tree Through the Forest: Image as Translatio in Ramon Llull's Llibre del gentil," (December 29, 2005)
    • December  2004
      "Translating Llull: Language, Law, and the Rhetoric of Centrality in Medieval Iberia," (December 29, 2004)
    • March  2003
      "Autorreferencialidad corporal en el entremés La casa holgona de Pedro Calderón de la Barca," (March 4, 2003)
    • October  2003
      "Death and the Beast: Reading and Writing the Animal Body in Celestina," (October 25, 2003)
  • Past
    •  
      “Reading Images of Translatio Studii in Ramon Llull’s Arbre de filosofia d’amor.” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Madison, WI (October 9-11, 2014).

      This paper will examine reading protocols in Ramon Llull’s Arbre de filosofia d’amor  (Tree of the Philosophy of Love) and their relationship to the definitions of translatio studii in medieval Iberia.  Translatio studii has traditionally been defined through the lens of Alfonsine texts as the transfer of knowledge from one authority to the masses.  However, my study sees this notion complicated in Llull’s text as a metaphor for the multi-dimensional movement of linguistic, cultural, and religious signifiers inherent in knowledge formation.  I argue that the definition of translatio studii, within the context of exegesis, must also take into consideration the indeterminacy of language to express both divine and profane knowledge.  By insisting on the reader’s active questioning of the philosophies of love, Llull’s text destabilizes the purely authoritative relationship between authors and their readers (or between language and its lovers).  Books, as Llull theorizes, are artifacts that bear witness to the fluidity of religious and cultural identity in the thirteenth century.  As such, this paper will study the dialectical components of translatio in Llull’s work that call power into question.

  • Past
    •  
      “Knowledge Formation and Translatio studii et imperii in Ramon Llull’s Llibre d’amic e amat,” Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 8-11, 2014).

      The Book of the Lover and the Beloved re-defines linguistic and spiritual parameters through its fragmented parts, insisting on polyvalent exercises in reading translatio studii

Other Research Activities

  • 2013
    • Uncategorized
      • Mar 2013 Sessions Chaired at UT Arlington Conferences

        “Teaching Afro-Diaspora Literature and Film” Cultural Constructions Conference, Department of Modern Languages (March 1, 2013)

  • 2009
    • Uncategorized
      • Feb 2009 Conferences/Talks Organized

        “21st Century Pedagogies," Cultural Constructions Conference, Department of Modern Languages, University of Texas at Arlington (March 1, 2013)

         “Carthusian Aesthetics and the Paratext of Juan de Padilla’s Retablo de la vida de Christo (1529),” Dr. Isidro Rivera, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Speaker Series, University of Texas at Arlington (February 19-20, 2010)

         “Living on the Edge in Medieval and Early Modern Spain: A Conference,” Plenary speakers: Kathleen Biddick, Dr. Kevin Curran, Dr. Amy Austin, Dr. Amy Tigner, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Texas at Arlington (February 20, 2009)

      • Nov 2009 Sessions Chaired at National Conferences

        Spanish I: Peninsular Literature Before 1700 (Session A and Session B), The 51st Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (November 13, 2009) 

  • 2001
    • Uncategorized
      • May 2001 Research Experience

        University of Barcelona, National Library of Catalonia, Archives of the Crown of Aragon, Spain. Research on Ramon Llull and the Medieval Mediterranean (June 30—July 25, 2008)

        University of Bologna, Italy. Research on Images, Visual Translation, and Convivencia in the manuscripts of Ramon Llull’s Arbre de ciencia and Llibre del gentil (July 2005)

        Emory Quadrangle Research Symposium “Image and Imagination of the Religious Self in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe,” Dir. Prof. Jean Campbell, Department of Art History, Emory University (Fall 2002—Spring 2003)

        El Escorial, Madrid, Spain. Research on Translations of Ramón Llull Manuscripts
        (Summer 2001)

        Museu de Mallorca, Spain. Archival Research on Ramon Llull Manuscripts, Translation, Medieval Bestiaries, and Images (Summer 2001)

        University of Salamanca, Spain. Paleography, Archival Research Methodology, and Academic Writing (Summer 2001)

Courses

      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        Descripción del curso: Este curso explorará la figura de la bestia en la literatura medieval española. Estudiaremos cómo las imágenes de animales y bestias ofrecen estrategias para analizar y criticar la sociedad humana; cómo se forman las relaciones entre animales y humanos; y cómo los bestiarios medievales presentan el mundo natural como un libro de instrucción moral. Examinaremos las ideas medievales de la natura animalesca, incluyendo la capacidad de los animales para razonar, expresar emociones, pecar, enseñar y aprender. Las lecturas se enfocarán en todos los animales del “reino salvaje” e incluirán las mujeres bestiales, la monstruosidad y los humanos híbridos. Las discusiones en clase situarán los textos dentro de la crítica animalesca que se encuentra en los estudios filosóficos, culturales, y el movimiento contemporáneo de los derechos de animales. Tomando como punto de partida la tradición de las Fábulas de Esopo, estudiaremos la trayectoria de la figura animalesca en varias obras medievales y en representaciones fílmicas contemporáneas. También, examinaremos varias incorporaciones modernas del arte medieval de contar historias en producciones fílmicas y la cultura popular. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • MAVS 1000-087 MAVS 1000

        First-time freshmen students (new high school graduates) who have been accepted into UT Arlington are required to take MAVS 1000.  MAVS 1000 orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify their individual needs and skills which will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 2315-001 INTERM SPAN HERITAGE SPEAKERS

        This course focuses on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Spanish, as well as an understanding of Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers in the United States. This course is intended for heritage speakers of Spanish and is an appropriate substitute for Spanish 2314. Prerequisite: Spanish 2313 or the equivalent.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3305-001 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

        A detailed study of Spanish grammar for heritage speakers. Capitalizes upon students’ existing

        language skills, expands their knowledge base, and develops their ability to read, write, and

        communicate more effectively. Special attention is given to regional and dialectal differences.

        Prerequisite: SPAN 2315, or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5301-001 Modern Languages for Graduate Reading (Spanish)

        An intensive one-semester course designed for Ph.D. candidates and other graduate students to fulfill departmental foreign language requirements. Sections may be offered in French, German, Russian, or other applicable or appropriate languages. Does not fulfill any graduate degree requirements.

      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        This year, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes' death in 1616.  Cervantes wrote Don Quixote de la Mancha, which is without a doubt the most read, translated, reproduced, readapted, and reenacted books of Spanish Peninsular literature.  This course will engage in a critical and careful reading of this most important piece of literature through the lens of consumption.  We will particularly look at the ways in which the text has been consumed (read, translated, reenacted, adapted) from its publication in 1605 through the 21st century.  We will also examine the extent to which the representations of consumption in the novel (reading, re-reading, viewing, translating, eating, drinking, digesting, etc.) serve as models for reading and understanding this book.  Throughout the term we will study several film adaptations, cartoons, illustrations, and paintings in order to assess the use of Don Quixote as an icon of pan-Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        This course will explore the image the body in the context of Medieval and Early Modern literature and its role in the intellectual and spiritual formation of the Iberian Peninsula. We will examine varios representations of the body and how it is defined and manipulated within the context of the secusl, the spiritual, the profane, and the divine.  Some of the themes will include: the relationship between body and text, the regulation and control of the body, the mutilated, imperfect or weak body, gender and authority, consumption, the body of the Other, the body as spectacle, and corporeal love and desire. The readings will include selections from narrative, poetry and drama from the Middle Ages to the Golden Age (Renaissance and Baroque).

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-001 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 2315-001 INTERM SPAN HERITAGE SPEAKERS

        This course focuses on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Spanish, as well as an understanding of Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers in the United States. This course is intended for heritage speakers of Spanish and is an appropriate substitute for Spanish 2314. Prerequisite: Spanish 2313 or the equivalent. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • MAVS 1000-077 First Year Experience

        Course Description

        First-time freshmen students (new high school graduates) who have been accepted into UT Arlington are required to take MAVS 1000.  MAVS 1000 orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify their individual needs and skills which will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY(3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-002 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better. 

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

      • SPAN 5314-001 TOPICS IN SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO MODERNISM

        SPAN 5314 – Topics in Spanish-American Literature and Culture to Modernism: Topics may include: Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, pre-modern Spanish American literature and culture, Spanish-American literature and culture of the Enlightenment, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to Modernism. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

      • SPAN 3303-002 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 2315-003 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers

        This course focuses on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Spanish, as well as an understanding of Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers in the United States. This course is intended for heritage speakers of Spanish and is an appropriate substitute for Spanish 2314. Prerequisite: Spanish 2313 or the equivalent.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5310-001 Medieval and Early Modern Minorities

        Este curso explorará la imagen de los ‘grupos minoritarios’ y su papel en la formación intelectual y espiritual de la literatura de la Edad Media y del Siglo de Oro en la Península Ibérica.  Un grupo minoritario es una categoría sociológica dentro de un grupo demográfico. En lugar de un "grupo social" relacional, como el término lo indica, el término se refiere a una categoría que se diferencia y se define por la mayoría social, es decir, los que tienen la mayoría de las posiciones de poder social en una sociedad. La diferenciación puede basarse en una o más características observables humanos, incluidos, por ejemplo, el origen étnico, la raza, el género, la riqueza, la salud o la orientación sexual. Examinaremos varias representaciones de   y cómo se ve las minorías definidas y manipuladas dentro del contexto de la identidad, lo sexual, lo espiritual, lo profano y lo divino.  Algunos de los temas incluirán la lectura y la escritura, el cuerpo, el género y la autoridad, el consumo y el amor y el deseos corporales, entre otros.  Las lecturas incluirán selecciones de la narrativa, poesía y drama desde la Edad Media hasta el Siglo de Oro.  

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition through Literature

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

      • SPAN 4310-001 Span 4310-001

        Don Quixote de la Mancha is without a doubt the most read, translated, reproduced, readapted, and reenacted books of Spanish Peninsular literature.This course will engage in a critical and careful reading of this most important piece of literature through the lens of consumption.We will particularly look at the ways in which the text has been consumed (read, translated, reenacted, adapted) from its publication in 1605 through the 21st century.We will also examine the extent to which the representations of consumption in the novel (reading, re-reading, viewing, translating, eating, drinking, digesting, etc.) serve as models for reading and understanding this book.Throughout the term we will study several film adaptations, cartoons, illustrations, and paintings in order to assess the use of Don Quixote as an icon of pan-Hispanic culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-001 Topics in Hispanic Culture

        Through contemporary Spanish film and essays this course examines the representation of key cultural aspects of Spanish society, such as national and regional identities, immigration, and gender issues. Students critically evaluate the causes, cultural manifestations and consequences of the social themes studied first by reading about them and then by viewing films that consider the same issues. They learn to identify the formal elements of film and develop a critical vocabulary with which they analyze and write about them. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

        Spring - Intersession - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-001 Topics in Hispanic Culture

        Through contemporary Spanish film and essays this course examines the representation of key cultural aspects of Spanish society, such as national and regional identities, immigration, and gender issues. Students critically evaluate the causes, cultural manifestations and consequences of the social themes studied first by reading about them and then by viewing films that consider the same issues. They learn to identify the formal elements of film and develop a critical vocabulary with which they analyze and write about them. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

        Spring - Intersession - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-002 Span 3315-002

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-001 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-002 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation

        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the department.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5302-001 Topics across the Languages
        MODL 5302 Topics across the Languages (3-0).** This topic course varies in focus and will be taught by in-house faculty or visiting scholars. Taught in English, it will consider issues of cultural and literary concerns across the languages.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature

        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 5310. Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture to the 18th Century (3-0). Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature
        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation
        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the department.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-001 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE
        SPAN 3315 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE (3-0) Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 5310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
        SPAN 5310. Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture to the 18th Century (3-0). Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-004 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE
        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3314 with Grade C or better.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature
        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3314 with Grade C or better.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature
        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3314 with Grade C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-006 Composition through Literature
        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3314 with Grade C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3303-002 ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION
        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the department.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 5310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
        SPAN 5310. Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture to the 18th Century (3-0). Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3314-003 Advanced Spanish Grammar
        A detailed study of Spanish grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3303-001 Advanced Spanish Conversation
        Practice in oral expression with an emphasis on vocabulary building and grammar review. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skills in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native speakers. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better, or consent of the department.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3315-004 COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE
        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3314 with Grade C or better.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2009 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 4310-001 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

        SPAN 4310 TOPICS IN PENINSULAR SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Topics may include: Medieval Spanish literature and culture, Golden Age Spanish literature and culture, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to the eighteenth century. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or bett
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2009 Download Syllabus

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2016
    • 15-16 Year
      • Oct 2016 Nominated, Provost's Award for Teaching, University of Texas at Arlington, 2015-2016
  • 2015
    • Teaching Awards, Honors, Recognitions
      • Nov 2015 Delta Alpha Omega Recognized Professor, University of Texas at Arlington (Fall 2015).

        Each semester Delta Alpha Omega selects one professor who has had the greatest impact on its members.  I was the selected professor in Fall 2015.

    • Curricular Grants
      • Nov 2015 UT Arlington’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor with Jacqueline Stodnick (English) and Sarah Davis-Secord (History) (April 2008)

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Aug 2014 to  Present Graduate Advisor

      Course and career advising, mentoring, recruitment, retention.

  • Elected
    • Aug 2007 to  Present Service to the University

      Co-creator and Faculty Representative, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor with Jacqueline Stodnick (English) and Sarah Davis-Secord (History) (Spring 2008—Present);

      Representative, Undergraduate Assembly, University of Texas at Arlington (Fall 2011-Present);

      Presenter, “Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean,” Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, Department of History, University of Texas at Arlington (March 8, 2012);

      Organizer, Lectures in Medieval and Early Modern Studies I, University of Texas at Arlington (February 19-20, 2010);

      Faculty Judge, OneBook Poster Session on Sustainability, University of Texas at Arlington (November 20, 2009);

      Co-organizer, “Living on the Edge in the Medieval and Early Modern World: A Conference,” University of Texas at Arlington (February 20, 2009);

      Member, Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee, Department of English (Fall 2007)

    • Aug 2007 to  Present Service to the Department

      Co-organizer, Cultural Constructions Conference, Department of Modern Languages (March 1, 2013);

      Advisor, Reading and Radio Resources Internship, Department of Modern Languages, (Fall 2012) ; Coordinator, SPAN 3303, University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2011—Present);

      Co-coordinator, SPAN 3315, University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2011—Present);

      Co-organizer, Reading Radio Resources Internship, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2011—Present) ;

      Member, Foreign Language Curriculum Committee,  Department of Modern Languages (Spring 2011- Present);

      Speaker, La Sociedad Hispánica Film Series, “La noche oscura” by Carlos Saura, Department of Modern Languages (March 29, 2010);

      College Representative, Recruitment and Retention, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2009—Present);

      Member, Research Enhancement Program Committee, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2008—Present);

      Member, Awards Ceremony Committee, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2008—Present);

      Spanish Section Technology Liaison, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2007—Spring 2009);

      Co-editor, Spanish Online Newsletter, Department of Modern Languages (Fall 2007—Fall 2009)

Administrative Appointment

  • 2014
    • Aug 2014 to Present - Graduate Advisor, University of Texas at Arlington

Other Administration Activities

  • 2016
    • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Advisor
      • Oct 2016 Graduate Advisor