This semester, students in two Spanish classes offered by Dr. Graciela Tissera had the opportunity to present their research on literary topics connected to Spanish literature and film. Madison Barbor, Kathleen Fallon, Mauricio Gallegos Leal, Chandler Gilliard, Nariah Haeffner, Alexandra Hitchens, Laura Issel, Rachel Jones, Akim Koutsioukis, Jillian Marlowe, Elle McDermott, Wyatt Meadors, Valerie Peters, Abigail Tiller, Madison Williamson, and Hannah Winnie presented their research in the course ‘Introduction to Hispanic Literary Forms’ (SPAN 3040) offered by Dr. Tissera in the Fall 2019 semester. Students analyzed works by Emilia Pardo Bazán, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ana María Matute, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Luis de Góngora, Francisco de Quevedo, José de Espronceda, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rubén Darío, José Martí, Osvaldo Dragún, and Federico García Lorca to research themes, messages, symbols, and techniques related to narrative, poetry, and drama.
Students in the course ‘New Spanish Fiction’ (SPAN 4010) also presented their research on works by Spanish authors. Students analyzed works by Spanish writers and film directors of international renown: Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Carmen Laforet, Pío Baroja, Carmen Martín Gaite, David Roas, Jesús Fernández Santos, Antonio Hernández, Enrique Urbizu, Isidro Ortiz, David Carreras, and Fernando Trueba. The research presentations focused on male and female psyche, urban legends, perception of justice, conscious and unconscious mind, spiritual worlds, historical memory, and international relations among other topics.
Students taking part in presentations included Victoria Badura, Elena Barraza, Andrew Butterfield, Caroline Calder, Carol Capps, Michael Cox, Anastasia Galasso, Emily Jordan, Steve Kurtz, Michelle Logan, Brenna O’Kelley, Adriana Peralta Bernardino, Hunter Rivers, Layna Shutack, Kelly Waters, Brie Weiss, and Angel Werth.