Gloria Estela González Zenteno

Professor of Spanish

 work(802) 443-5074
 Fall 2018: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 to 4:15 pm, and by appointment
 Robert A. Jones '59 House 111

Professor Gloria Estela González Zenteno was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has a Licenciatura in Hispanic literatures from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, an M.A. and a Master’s degree in Latin American literature from the Stony Brook University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Solstice program. An avid slow traveler (not a tourist!), she has lived in Frankfurt (Germany), New York City, La Paz (Mexico) and Cagliari (Italy). She looks forward to moving to Puerto Vallarta, Barcelona, and / or Amsterdam for her next sabbatical.

Professor González has published extensively on the function of animal imagery and the figures of the reader, the writer and the sweep of literary traditions in Augusto Monterroso (Guatemala) and Juan José Arreola (Mexico).

But her passion is in creative writing. She writes in English and Spanish about characters that stand in the intersections of diverse sexualities and natural environments. Her creative work is featured in the Barcelona Review, Cronopio, Flyway, The Fem, the Revista Mexicana de Literatura Contemporánea, Salon, and Solstice Literary Magazine. Her current project, The Age of Aquarius, is a memoir about being gay in conservative Mexican and American societies. At Middlebury, Professor González teaches fiction and nonfiction, Latin American and Latino narrative, and all levels of Spanish language. She lives with her wife, her children, their dog and two cats.

On her free time she likes bailar, pasear, conversar y bien comer.  



Course List: 

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SPAN 0101 - Beginning Spanish I      

Beginning Spanish I
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. This course is for students who have not previously studied Spanish. Students are expected to continue with SPAN 0102 and SPAN 0103 after successful completion of SPAN 0101. 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2014

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SPAN 0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

Beginning Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0101. (SPAN 0101) WTR

Winter 2015

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SPAN 0201 - Intermediate Spanish      

Intermediate Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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SPAN 0220 - Intermediate Spanish II      

Intermediate Spanish II
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2016

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SPAN 0302 - Creative NonFiction in Spanish      

Creative Non-Fiction in Spanish
This course will introduce students to creative non-fiction in the Spanish language. We will explore the techniques and literary skills necessary for researching and writing memoirs and personal essays, and students will produce at least three polished essays. Readings will include Spanish and Latin American masters and theorists of the genre will include Borges, Cortázar, Castellanos, Larra, Hostos, Paz, and Poniatowska. (SPAN 0220 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect. AAL AMR ART LIT LNG

Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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SPAN 0313 - Hispanic Short Story      

The Hispanic Short Story
In this course we will study the main literary, sociopolitical, and cultural issues in a selection of short stories from the Hispanic world. Emphasis will be on the close reading of texts with the purpose of developing critical vocabulary and writing skills. Authors may include: Pardo Bazán, Valle Inclán, Palma, Borges, Rulfo, Corázar, Quiroga, Matute. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR LIT LNG

Fall 2014

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SPAN 0320 - Hispanic Creative Writing      

Hispanic Creative Writing
In this course we will focus on creative writing as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language. We will achieve this goal by using the language and our imagination to tell stories. This course will also provide the opportunity to read and discuss literary works of important Hispano-American authors including Onneti, Borges, Rulfo, Cortázar, and Méndez. We will also read theoretical texts by Francisco Guzmán Burgos, Pablo Fernández, Alex Grijelmo, Ricardo Piglia, Jorge Luis Borges, among others. (SPAN 0220 or placement). 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART LNG

Spring 2015

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SPAN 0376 - US Latino Narrative      

Reading and Writing the New U.S. Latino Narrative
This course focuses on a new generation of U.S.-Latino authors writing about migration, identity, and otherness. They distinguish themselves from prior generations by publishing primarily in Spanish and by a new sense of ownership of their U.S. environment, which allows them to play with and undermine assumptions commonly associated with their "Latino" identity. In addition to studying these authors, students will produce at least two fiction pieces of their own. Satisfies the IS advanced language requirement in Spanish. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR LIT LNG NOR

Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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SPAN 0433 - Creative Writing: Long Form      

Creative Writing: Long Form Narrative
This course offers students the opportunity to advance in creative writing in Spanish. Students will create a long-form work—a novella, a collection of interrelated short stories, or a collection of interrelated autobiographical narratives. Through workshops and analyses of literary models, students will develop narrative and stylistic techniques to produce at least twenty-five pages of polished creative work around a unified topic. Prior creative writing experience would be helpful. (Senior Majors or by approval) 3 hrs. sem. AAL AMR ART LNG

Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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SPAN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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SPAN 0705 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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Teaching Interests

Creative fiction and non fiction, Latin American contemporary literature


Research Interests

Latino literature in Spanish / Latin American fantastic literature / magical realism / Augusto Monterroso


Recent Publications

Maga.” Revista Cronopio. November 2015.

 Arribada.” (Novel excerpt) Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment.  January 2016.

 “Open Triangle.” The Fem Literary Magazine.  December 2015.

Maga.” (Fiction, English) Solstice Literary Magazine. Winter 2014.

Ambistoma mexicanum.” (Fiction, English) Cobalt Review. 2013. 

 “Ambistoma mexicanum.” (Fiction, Spanish) Revista de literatura mexicana contemporánea 54, 2013. 67-72.

"Bajo el colchón". The Barcelona Review: International Review of Contemporary Fiction. May 2002.

Program in International and Global Studies

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