Professor of Spanish
Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

fernande (a) middlebury dot edu
(802) 443-5792




Co-director and Editor for Latin American Literature and Cultures of a Journal of Nineteenth-Century Hispanic Cultural Production.


1999. Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
1994. M.A., Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
1989. M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College
1985. B.A., Spanish, Middlebury College

Academic Appointments

2009-present: Professor, Middlebury College
2003-2009: Associate Professor, Middlebury College
2000-2003: Assistant Professor, Middlebury College
1998-2000: Instructor, Middlebury College
1995-1998: Visiting Instructor, Middlebury College

Courses taught at Middlebury:
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  • FYS 039 First-Year Seminar: Crime and Punishment in Latin American Literature and Culture This seminar will explore the themes of crime and punishment in a series of modern Latin American novels and movies. Why is violence so pervasive in the literature, media and minds of Latin Americans? We will also consider artwork, music, newspapers articles, journalistic essays and festival traditions in an effort to comprehend the causes and effects of violence in Latin America. The goal of this seminar is to produce a clearer understanding of Latin American culture through interdisciplinary study. Authors may include García Márquez, Fuentes, Bombal, Echeverría, Vargas Llosa and Quiroga. Movies might include "Camila", "La Historia Oficial", "Pedro Páramo," "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "American Me". 3 hrs. lect./disc. This course is writing intensive.
  • SP 101 Beginning Spanish: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of grammar and focuses on the development of four skills in Spanish: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills. The course is open only to students who have not previously studied Spanish. Students are expected to continue with SP 102 after successful completion of SP 101.
  • SP 363 The Frontier in Latin America as Seen Through Literature and Film: Many Latin American countries experienced an expansion inland similar to the U.S. after the arrival of the Europeans. This continual advancement along a frontier represented a confrontation among various cultures where there was an engagement in the dialogical process of cultural encounter, resistance and exchange. We will explore the similarities and differences in the construction of the frontier mentality and myths of a number of Latin American nations as represented in their literature. Our focus will be on the experiences involved in the contact with other cultures and the constructions of "others". Authors will include: Amado, Carpentier, Güiraldes, Rivera, Vargas Llosa. Films will complement the readings.

    Recent Publications

    "La naturaleza humana y el altruismo en el Martín Rivas de Alberto Blest Gana: Una lectura darwiniana.” Nueva Revista del Pacífico 52 (2007): 83-97. [pdf]

    ¡Viva el salvagismo!: The Representation of Amerindians in Argentine Satirical Newspapers during the Years of National Organization (1852-1880).” Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 4 (2006): 127-45. [pdf]

    "Refashioning José Hernández Through Francisco F. Fernández's Solané:The Shifting Political Ideologies Among Federalist Reformists." Hispanófila 143 (2005): 87-109. [pdf]

    "Borges’s Fascination with Ascasubi." Ciberletras 8 (December 2002). [pdf]

    "The Capitalist Payador: Hilario Ascasubi’s Aniceto el Gallo," Chasqui 31.1 (2002): 86-103. [pdf]

    "Santos Vega Revisited," Romance Languages Annual Volume XI (2000): 448-455. [pdf]

    Grants, Honors, and Awards

    2006-2007. Visiting Researcher, Universidad de Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile

    2000-2001. Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship.  

    2000-2001.Visiting Researcher, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    1996-1997. Davis Educational Foundation Faculty Fellow.

    Research Interests

    My primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca. Broader research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature and cultures; intersections between literary, cultural, and historical discourses; literature and the environment; literature and evolutionary thought; and Spanish language pedagogy.


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