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Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I was born in Gijón, a lively coastal city in the green and mountainous region of Asturias in northern Spain, very different from Illinois and Michigan, the two states where I pursued my undergraduate and graduate studies. The study of narrative texts and its relation to other disciplines has always been a passion for me. Graduate studies in United States offered me the opportunity to begin making a career of this passion. With the teaching assistantship I was granted while doing my MA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came the intensive training that provided me with a solid foundation in second language acquisition and the teaching of foreign languages. But, most importantly, the teaching of language and culture, the contact with students, and the intellectual challenges of the university environment provided me with a new and rich experience at the professional and personal level as well as the realization that teaching would play a vital role in my professional life.
I continued teaching Spanish language courses while completing my Ph. D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University. During that time, I also worked as Assistant to the Director of the Taos Institute for Language Teachers in New Mexico, where I had the opportunity to participate in the design and development of language teaching materials. For three years, I also assisted the Director of Michigan State University's Language, Literature and Culture Summer Program in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain), where I collaborated in the preparation of cultural trips and activities, and tutoring and counseling service for the students. These experiences added an additional dimension to my professional training, making me more aware of students' need in a variety of learning context. This past experience in study abroad programs has also helped me considerably and was part and parcel of the successes of the Emmanuel study abroad at the University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain), a program I organized and directed in 2009.
In 2000, I moved to the Boston area with my wife and our newborn daughter, Mariel. Today, Mariel is almost thirteen, and we have a new addition to the family, Lucas, who is eight years old.
Before joining Emmanuel Modern Language Department in 2007, I taught and worked as teaching supervisor and course coordinator at the Romance Language and Literatures Department at Harvard University (2004-2007), and at Boston University (2002-2004). As such, I have to supervise graduate students and teaching fellows. The job was very demanding but it also provided me with an opportunity for professional growth and productive context to interact and collaborate with a teaching team, providing the opportunity for us to benefit from other's point of view and to improve our teaching by continuously reconsidering our assumptions about our practices.
What I Love About Emmanuel:
There are many good things that made Emmanuel College a lovely place to work and grow professionally and personally. I have been for many years working at big universities in which the personal touch is almost lost in the anonymity of the big campuses and scores of students. In this respect, Emmanuel College is very special. What I Love about Emmanuel is the fact that I know almost all my colleagues and many of the students that I know personally and can talk with administrators about different professional issues, something very difficult in the big universities. The environment at Emmanuel is also very collegial, the city is fantastic, and students really appreciate that we are dedicated to them, to their learning and future success.
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The Crime of Cuenca
Framed within the social and political literature of the years before the Spanish civil war, The Crime of Cuenca (first published in Madrid in 1932) chronicles the struggles and frustrations of Republican Governor Augusto Valdés, alter ego of the writer, journalist and radical socialist politician Alicio Garcitoral during his short but intense personal experience at the head of the Civil Government of Cuenca --August 26, 1931--January 18, 1932--- and its province. With a strong, clear and torn line, the novel reels the difficulties of the new republican system to establish the Republicans values in a province like Cuenca, dominated by a feudalist landowner class (that is the crime to which the title of the novel refers) that fiercely curtails any republicanized initiative. Torpedoed by own and strangers, hindered by forces of the old regime, isolated and misunderstood by the popular classes, the young governor's dream of transforming the province by the new representative system ends prematurely and tragic with his dismissal and, consequently, with the defeat of the Republican ideals he has fought for.
Approaches to Iberian Cultural Studies
This collection of essays is an interdisciplinary approach to Spain's contemporary literature and culture. The present essays examine literature, poetry, film, and history as well as cultural giants (e.g., Francisco de Goya, Luis Buñuel) that became icons of Spain as a whole. Ultimately Approaches to Iberian Cultural Studies is an inquiry into the social, cultural, and political shifts that affect how, what, and why individuals, groups, and societies remember and forget. This book would be a valuable addition to scholars and students interested in the exploration of Spanish literature and culture through the optic of interdisciplinary studies.
Franco's Prisoner: Anarchists in the Struggle Against the Dictatorship
Miguel Garcia García (Author), Edited and annotated by José Ignacio Álvarez Fernández. Stuart Christie (Introduction). 1st Ed. ChristieBooks, April 2012. Kindle Edition for USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy and, Spain (2012) [Updated, reprinted edition of the 1972 edition of Garcia's testimony. Includes additional writings of Garcia (edited by Alvarez Fernandez), plus photographic documentary based on extensive research.] A hard copy edition will be available at the end of 2013.
Memoria y trauma en los testimonios de la represión franquista/Memory and Trauma in Franco's Political Prisoner Testimonies
Barcelona, Anthropos Editorial, 2007.
La littérature esoagnole et les camps français d'internament (de 1939 à nos jours)
"De campo en campo: lugares de memoria y trauma en la literatura concentracionaria de la diáspora republicana/From Camp to Camp: Lieux de Mémoire in the Concentration Camp Literature of Spanish Republican Diaspora in France."
In La littérature espagnole et les camps français d'internament (de 1939 à nos jours). Actes du colloque international "70 Años después." Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, 2010: 291-304.
España: ¿Laberinto de Exilios?
Ed. Sandra Barriales-Bouche; July 2005. Juan de La Cuesta Hispanic Monographs
Los "lugares de la memoria" en los testimonios de la represión franquista
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