Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Dr. Kathleen Spinnenweber

Professor of Spanish
Department Chair

kspinnenweber@franciscan.edu
(740) 284-5289

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  • Ph.D., 1997, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature. Major subject area: Golden Age Spanish Literature. Minor Subject areas: Russian Literature and comparative hagiography. Dissertation: St. Teresa of Avila in the English-Speaking World: Issues and Consequences of Seventeenth-Century Readings. The dissertation examined how the reception of St. Teresa of Avila’s texts in post-Reformation Britain endangered lives, empowered readers, inspired poetry, evangelized Protestants, and bequeathed a legacy of reading and misreading in the Anglo-American literary tradition. Dissertation Advisor: Alban Forcione. Readers: Earl Miner and Ronald Surtz.
  • M.A., Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature. Major area: Spanish Golden Age theater, prose, and poetry; Minor area: Russian literature with a special emphasis on hagiographic narrative and hagiographic modes in secular literature; late antique Byzantine and Irish texts formed an additional subset of this minor area.
  • M.A., Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Stony Brook University. M.A. thesis: A study of the influence of Dostoevsky’s short story Маленький герой (Malenkij GerojLittle Hero, Russia, 1849) on Eduardo Barrios’ El niño que enloqueció de amor (Chile, 1915) and Luis Benjamín Cisneros’ Amor de niño (Perú, 1864). Thesis supervisor: Chilean poet and scholar Pedro Lastra.
  • Certificate, 1986: Curso Superior de Filología, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
  • Intensive Russian Summer School, 1984 and 1985. Middlebury College. Intermediate level, 1984; advanced level, 1985.
  • B.A., Magna cum laude, 1985, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Double major in Spanish and Russian, with a concentration in Secondary Education. Winner of Departmental Honors, Spanish; Winner of Departmental Honors, Russian; Winner of Departmental Award for Highest Achievement in Spanish; Winner of Departmental Award for Highest Achievement in Russian; Les Paldy Memorial Award for Excellence in Slavic Studies; Stony Brook Foundation Award for Excellence in Spanish, 1985; Stony Brook Foundation Award for Excellence in Russian, 1985; Prize for Creative Endeavour for “Una parodia de la Reivindicación del conde don Julián de Juan Goytisolo” Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa May, 1985. Also inducted into Phi Sigma Iota (the national foreign language honor society) and Dobro Slovo (the honor society for excellence in Slavic Studies).

Instructor, (1992-1993); Assistant Professor (1993-2000); Associate Professor, 2000-2011; Professor, 2011-Present, Franciscan University of Steubenville. All levels of Spanish language; Spanish and Latin American literature; Spanish culture.

Elementary Spanish I and II; Intermediate Spanish I and II; Advanced Conversation and Composition; Advanced Spanish Grammar; Survey of Latin-American Literature I and II; Survey of Peninsular Literature I and II; Golden Age Literature; Introduction to Texts in Spanish; Hispanic Women Writers; Spanish Culture and Civilization; Contemporary Spanish Literature; Don Quixote (in translation; cross listed in the English Department as a World Literature course); Cervantes: The Shorter Works; Romanticism; Modernism and the Generation of ’98; Spiritual Texts of the Spanish Golden Age.

  • Divino Narciso. Edited. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Newark, Delaware: Cervantes & Co., Forthcoming, Spring 2020. Foreign language edition for students, with an introduction, explanatory notes, and glossary.
  • El trato de Árgel by Miguel de Cervantes. Edited with an Introduction. Newark, Delaware: Cervantes & Co.,  2011. Foreign language edition for students, with an introduction, explanatory notes, and glossary.
  • Anthology of Golden Age Literature. Co-edited with R. John McCaw. Newark, Delaware: Cervantes & Co., 2007. Foreign language edition for students, with an introduction, explanatory notes, and glossary.
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