Romance Languages and Literatures

Mario Santana

Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and the Center for Latin American Studies


Wieboldt 217

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W 11:00-12:30 & by appt.

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PhD in Spanish Literature, Columbia University, 1994

MA in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Georgia, 1988

Licentiate in Philosophy, University of Barcelona, 1983

Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Professor Santana's scholarly work concentrates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish and Catalan literatures, and twentieth-century Latin American literature, with particular emphasis on narrative and film. He is also strongly interested in literary historiography, literary theory (hermeneutics and reception, narratology, systemic and institutional approaches to literature), and cultural studies. A native of Spain (Canary Islands), he has graduate degrees in Philosophy (University of Barcelona) and Literature (Columbia University). He is the author of Foreigners in the Homeland: The Spanish American New Novel in Spain, 1962-1974 (Bucknell UP, 2000).

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Awards, Honors, and Professional Experience

  • Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago, 2002
  • Chicago Humanities Institute Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1996

Selected Courses Taught

  • Narratives of the Spanish Transition to Democracy
  • Hispanisms: The Construction of Spanish Literature
  • Fiction and Representation: The Discourse of Realism
  • Poetics and History of the Short Story in Spain
  • Introduction to Spanish Cinema
  • Crime and Literature: Detective Fiction in Latin America and Spain
  • Nationalism and Culture: The Formation of National Identities
  • Spain and Latin America: Interliterary Relations