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Miguel Fernández

Chief Diversity Officer; Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies

 work(802) 443-5792
 by appointment
 Service Building 219

Miguel Fernández is the Chief Diversity Officer, charged with promoting equity and inclusion in every aspect of the educational, residential, and professional life of the College. He oversees the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), which serves as a hub for education, support services, advocacy and accountability related to diversity, equity and inclusion at Middlebury. Miguel works on faculty diversity initiatives, serves as liaison to the Posse Foundation and the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), and supports the Vice President of Student Affairs on student life issues related to diversity and inclusion. Miguel has been a professor in the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies since 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Hispanic Studies and both a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Miguel's primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca.  He is co-director and editor for Latin American literature and cultures of Decimonónica, a journal of 19th-century Hispanic cultural production. Miguel has served as both Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Director of Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature and cultures; Hispanic theatre and performance studies; literature and the environment; and Spanish language pedagogy.



Course List: 

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SPAN 0311 - Hispanic Theater      

Hispanic Theatre
In this course we will explore a broad selection of dramas from Spain and Spanish America. We will focus on close readings of plays, considering, where relevant, their historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of critical vocabulary and writing skills in Spanish. Texts will be selected from various periods from the Middle Ages to present day. Authors include: Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Tirso de Molina, Alarcón, Castellanos, Gambaro, García Lorca, Mihura, Díaz, Solórsano. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR LIT LNG

Fall 2016

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SPAN 0336 - Hispanic Performance Studies      

Hispanic Performance Studies
Performance studies is an interdisciplinary field that borrows from theatre studies, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. This course offers an introduction to performance studies through a focus on Hispanic culture. We will ask the question “What is performance?” and develop the tools to describe, analyze, and interpret a broad range of performances such as plays, political speeches, bullfights, protests, recordings, celebrations, and everyday encounters.  We will focus on performance as a process–oriented, participatory, and experiential way of engaging the world. We will concentrate on the overlapping aspects of performance as/of literature (poetry and drama), as/of everyday life (ritual, identity, and culture), and as/of politics (power, activism, and social change).  We will pay particular attention to the relationship of performance to social culture, investigating the link between performance and race, gender, and sexuality.  Because the goal of the course is to produce critical thinkers who are capable of using performance as an analytical tool and as part of a creative process, students will be required to perform. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc AMR ART LNG NOR

Fall 2017

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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 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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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 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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Selected Publications

"La naturaleza humana y el altruismo en el Martín Rivas de Alberto Blest Gana: Una lectura darwiniana." Nueva Revista del Pacífico 52 (2007).

"¡Viva el salvagismo!: The Representation of Amerindians in Argentine Satirical Newspapers during the Years of National Organization (1852-1880)." Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 4 (2006): 127-45.

"Refashioning José Hernández Through Francisco F. Fernández's Solané: The Shifting Political Ideologies Among Federalist Reformists." Hispanófila 143 (2005): 87-109.

“Borges’s Fascination with Ascasubi.” Ciberletras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture 8 (December 2002) link

“The Capitalist Payador: Hilario Ascasubi’s Aniceto el Gallo,Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 31.1 (2002): 86-103.

Santos Vega Revisited,” Romance Languages Annual Volume XI (2000): 448-455.


Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies

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