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Research

Our internationally acclaimed faculty reach across the world to study the language, literatures and cultures of varied countries. These works are published in international journals and presented at conferences worldwide. See below for most recent research and feel free to visit each Faculty member's page for their full Curriculum Vitae:

  • Unearthing a Post-Humanist Ecological Socialism in Christa Wolf’s ‘Selbstversuch,” Kassandra, and Störfall.” In Christa Wolf: A Companion. Eds. Sonja E. Klocke and Jennifer R. Hosek. Companions to Contemporary German Culture. Vol. 8. Boston: DeGruyter, 2018. 81-95. By: Dr.Deborah Janson
    •  This article highlights ecocritical insights contained in three of Christa Wolf's works. It appears in a volume that offers an English-speaking academic readership new perspectives on Christa Wolf, East Germany’s best known and most important author. 

  • Auditory disruption improves word segmentation: a functional basis for lenition phenomena.” Glossa 3(1) (2018): 38.  http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.443 By: Dr. Jonah Katz & M. Fricke.
    • This article shows that certain common sound patterns make it easier to learn words in a fake 'language'.

  • “’An inescapable network of mutuality’:  The Conversation between Senghor’s Philosophy and King’s Vision in ‘The Elegy for Martin Luther King.’” Spec. issue of the Journal of the African Literature Association 12 (2018): 269-78. By: Dr. Janice Spleth
      • This article reads the elegy as a dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor and Martin Luther King, Jr., and shows how the African-American humanist’s principles are confirmed and illustrated in the imagination of the Senegalese poet.
  • Neue Blickwinkel: Wege zur Kommunikation und Kultur. (Yarmouth, ME: Wayside Publishing, 2012 1st ed., 2017 2nd ed.) Co-authored by: Dr.Cynthia Chalupa and Dr. Heiko ter Haseborg
    •  Neue Blickwinkel is a standards-based, thematically organized intermediate to advanced-level textbook that examines German-speaking cultures from a variety of perspectives. With its focus on all three modes of communication, students gain valuable practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening while they also develop their cultural literacy. The book is being used at high schools and universities throughout the country.
  • El aspecto físico de Cosme Pérez.” Anagnórisis revista de investigación teatral 16 (2017): 325-56. By: Dr. Tania DeMiguel Magro
    • For years we have accepted that the famous actor Cosme Pérez was deformed, a dwarf and fat. Our perception of his physical appearance was mediated by the painting of Juan Rana located at the Real Academia Española. Nevertheless, art historians accept today that this painting was made many years after the death of the actor and that almost certainly does not portray him. In this essay, I revise the known documentation regarding Cosme Pérez, including the plays written for him and all the certain and uncertain graphic representations of the actor. These lead me to conclude that we do not have enough information to confirm or deny whether Cosme was or not fat, but I can affirm, without any doubts, that he was not a dwarf. Accepting that Cosme was a regular size actor forces us to reconsider a big portion of the analysis carried out on the actor and his theater until this moment.
  • Juan Rana alcalde: la autoridad en las tablas.” El teatro clásico en su(s) cultura(s): de los Siglos de Oro al siglo XXIEds. Esther Fernández Rodríguez, Alejandro García Reidy and José Miguel Martínez Torrejón. New York: AITENSO-Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2017: 219-46By: Dr. Tania DeMiguel Magro
    • In this essay I demonstrate how the stock figure of the rural mayor, common in the entremeses and other burlesque theatrical genres, serves as a vehicle to criticize corruption and incompetence in the Spanish administration. The actor Cosme Pérez made use of his personal connections and the protection of the mask of Juan Rana in order to freely portray an acid representation of the incompetence of many of the leaders of his time. The Juan Rana pieces employ a series of distancing techniques that result in apparently inoffensive parodies. 
  • “Historiografía mestiza: Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl y Joan de Santa Cruz Pachacuti Yamqui Salcamaygua,” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 86 (2017): 171-192. By: Dr. Pablo Garcia
    • This article compares historical works by these two seventeenth-century authors, one from Mexico and one from Peru, to show the lasting impact of cultural models brought by religious missionaries on ideas about and representations of the indigenous past in both North and South America.
  • “Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl: A New Native Identity,” To Be Indio in Colonial Spanish America, Ed. Mónica Díaz, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017. 243-265. By: Dr. Pablo Garcia
    • This chapter argues that this seventeenth-century historian used his research and his writing to create for himself an identity that was the harbinger of the one claimed by most Mexicans today. 

    • The article examines Boni’s representation of civil war in the Ivory Coast in order to situate the narrative effectively with respect to transnational discourses on the role of gender in warfare and in the preservation of peace.
  •  “Improving Student Motivation through Autonomous Learning Choices,” NECTFL Review 74 (2014): 55-86. By: Dr. Cynthia Chalupa
    • This article by examines the positive influence of autonomous learning choices on the motivation of foreign language learners. It provides concrete instructional ideas for promoting learner autonomy and improving motivation. The article received the Stephen A. Freeman Award for Best Published Article on Language Teaching Techniques from the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.