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Miguel Fernández

Chief Diversity Officer; Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies

 work(802) 443-5792
 Fall 2021: Tuesdays 2:30-4:00, Wednesdays 10:00-11:30, or by appointment
 Service Building 219

Miguel Fernández 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. His primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca. He is currently working with nautical archaeologists to discover and tell the stories of shipwrecks in Mexican waters. His teaching interests include Latin American literatures and cultures; intersections between literary, cultural, and historical discourses; literature and the environment; Hispanic theatre and performance studies; and Spanish language pedagogy. In his teaching he incorporates problem-based learning into courses, in particular in the area of Hispanic theater, with students putting on full productions of dramas in Spanish. He served on multiple occasions as both chair of the department and director of Latin American Studies and also served for six and a half years as Middlebury's Chief Diversity Officer from 2015-2021.



Course List: 

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FYSE 1583 - Growing Up Other in Americas      

Growing Up Other in the Americas
Who am I and how do others see me? How do I see myself? This seminar will focus on the growing up and educational experiences of individuals from a number of marginalized groups throughout the Americas. Through novels, memoirs, essays and films from the U.S. and Latin America we will look at such questions as: What does it mean to be "othered"? What does "American" mean? Where and how does one find one's voice? What is the importance of place in one's identity? We will touch on issues of race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and more. 3 hrs. sem. AMR CW SOC

Fall 2021

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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

Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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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 2021

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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

Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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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)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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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)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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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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