Northland College Program Website: Spanish
Since I am completely trilingual and have travelled around the world, you can understand my profound interest in other cultures. Over the years, I have developed and taught two courses: Contemporary Third World Literature (Eng 217) which includes men and women authors, and the spring seminar, Women of the Third World (Eng 233), which is a focus on women writers and women's issues in the developing nations of the world. Convinced that I am that cultural myopia is becoming more and more dangerous to everybody's health, I have just offered a new course on the "Literature of the Arab World". So, the essence of my life is the constant reading and reviewing of books -- and I love to read! On the side of my couch, at home, there are three piles of books -- in English, in French and in Spanish -- that never go down. As some books are read and put away, others take their place: books for research, award-winning novels from my French relatives, or wonderful stuff that I have picked up in Latin America. Beyond the study of other cultures through literature, I have another very strong area of focus: this one related to the environment. In fact, for the last four years, I have been the holder of the A.D Mary Elizabeth Andersen Hulings Distinguished Chair in the Humanities. This has been a wonderful opportunity, with release time for research, to focus on all my "projects" and especially -- since we are an Environmental Liberal Arts College -- to do "green literature" but through the particular lenses of other cultures. I am in the process of creating a new upper-level course on the theme of "The Environmental Literature of Other Cultures in the Americas-Latin America and the Caribbean" and am developing an anthology for the course. My last two Hulings Public Lectures (February 18, 2010 and February 10, 2011) were entitled: "Other Visions, Other Voices: Nature and the Dark Side of Machismo in Latin American and Caribbean Short Stories" and " The Metaphoric Use of Nature for Biting Satire in Latin American and Caribbean Short Stories"