Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Faculty

Robert A. Parsons

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Academic History:

  • BA, German, West Virginia University. 1970.
  • MA, German, West Virginia University. 1972.
  • MA, Spanish, Ohio University. 1976.
  • Ph.D., Spanish, Penn State University. 1982.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Scranton, 1979-1983.
  • Associate Professor, University of Scranton, 1984-1991.
  • Professor, University of Scranton, 1991 to present.
  • Chairperson, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Scranton, 1988-Aug 2003.
  • Acting Chairperson, Department of World Languages and Cultures, University of Scranton, 2010-2011


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Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico


Articles published (in journals and proceedings):

"Language, Literature, and Curriculum Revision in the 1980's." Foreign Language Annals 18.3 (May 1985): 21 3-218.

"Reversals of Illocutionary Logic in Griselda Gambaro's Las paredes", in Things Done With Words: Speech Acts in Hispanic Drama (Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 1986): 101-114.

"The Allegorical Dimension of Carlos Fuentes' Terra nostra." Hispanic Journal 7.2 (Spring 1986): 90-97.

"An Interdisciplinary Approach to Politics and Literature: The Latin American Case." Teaching Political Science: Politics in Perspective 13.4 (Spring 1986): 148-153. Co-authored by Leonard Champney.

"The Vision of Horror or Opposing Self. The Double in Three Novels by Carlos Fuentes." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 8.1-2 (March 1987): 105-114.

"Mirror Symbolism in Carlos Fuentes' Terra nostra." College Language Association Journal 31.1 (Sept. 1987): 77-86.

"Carlos Rangel's Del buen salvaje al buen revolucionario: A Maverick's View of U.S. Imperialism." Inter-American Review of Bibliography 3 8.3 (Nov. 1988): 354- 362.

"Parody and Self-Parody in Lo demas es silencio: (La vida y la obra de Eduardo Torres) by Augusto Monterroso." Hispania 72.4 (Dec. 1989): 938-945.

"Mempo Giardinelli's Qué solos se quedan los muertos: An Investigation of Argentina in Mexico." Selected Proceedings of the Philological Association of Louisiana (1990): 21-32.

"Watches without Owners: Variations on a Spanish American Satirical Theme." Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura 7.1 (Fal l 1991): 55-61.

"The International Language/Business Major at a Small Private University: Successes and Nagging Concerns." RIE (Resources in Education) document #ED348873 of ERIC Microfiche Collection 28.1 (Jan. 1993): 3-15. Publishedin ERIC in Proceedings of the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions, Ypsilanti, MI, March 26, 1992.

"Progress in Reverse: Some Spanish American Satirical Views of Development." Abstracts and Selected Papers from the Second Biennial Conference on Culture, Society and Change in the Americas. (Tampa, FL: University of South Florida and VENUSA, 1993): 295-303.

"Parodia y autoparodia en Lo demás es silencio de Augusto Monterroso", in Refracción: Augusto Monterroso ante la crítica (Ediciones Era: México, D.F., 1995): 109-122 (translation of "Parody and Self-Parody in Lo demás es silencio de Augusto Monterroso")

"Sátira anticlerical en algunos cuentos de Jorge Kattán Zablah." Alba de América16, Nos. 30-31(June, 1998), 269-285.

"Service Learning in the Local Hispanic/Latino Community in Scranton, PA: The Devolopment and Evaluation of an Experimental College Course" in Fulfilling Our Dreams by Bringing All Culures Together: 2007 Monograph Series of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates. pp. 554-577. Available in CD ROM format from MAAAS or on their website at


Courses taught at the University of Scranton:

A range of Spanish language courses, elementary (101- 102), intermediate (211-212), Advanced Conversation and Composition (311-312), and Advanced Stylistics (321).

Upper-division courses taught include:

  • Spanish 313, Spanish Culture and C ivilization
  • Spanish 314, Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • Spanish 319, Business Spanish
  • Spanish 320, Introduction to Literature
  • Spanish 331, Survey of Spanish American Literature
  • Spanish 421, Twentieth Century Spanish Drama
  • Spanish 422, Spanish American Drama
  • Spanish 431, Spanish American Short Story
  • Spanish 433, Hispanic Lyric Poetry
  • Spanish 335, Service and the Hispanic Community
  • Spanish 436, The Hispanic Satirical Tradition
  • Spanish 484, Hispanic Literature and Film
  • Literature 205, Latin American Literature in Translation


Courses in Fall 2011 :

Spanish 211, Intermediate Spanish I (Sections 2 & 3)

Spanish 335, Service and the Hispanic Community

Foreign Languages Freshman Seminar

Office hours, Fall 2011:

Office: 316 O'Hara Hall
Phone: (570) 941-7447
9:00am -- 9:50 am
Tuesday 3:30pm -- 4:20pm


Or by appointment. I am often in my office in late afternoon hours.


E-Mail Address and Links

Links: Latin American Network Information Center rican_studies.shtml Latin American Studies Concentration, University of Scranton A fabulous website for both teachers and students in Spanish Spanish Resources LaOlla Latinoamericana (Food and Recipes from Latin America) Human Rights page.Option for viewing in either Spanish or English. El Mundo, an important Spanish news paper Great site for Spanish learners at all levels Colombia's most important newspaper an.htm Web Page for Guadalajara, Mexico Caracol, a major chain of Colombian radio stations A general and special interest magazine on Mexico. In English. .mx/ An excellent Mexican search engine


Interests and Hobbies:

Scholarly interests:
Contemporary Spanish American literature, all genres. Satire, particularly its manifestations in Spanish American countries.
Hobbies and personal interests:

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, and dobro. Bluegrass, blues, folk and older rock.