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

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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 http://www.naaas.org/2007monograph.pdf.

 


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
MWF
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

Email address:parsonsr1@scranton.edu
 
 
Links: http://lanic.utexas.edu/ Latin American Network Information Center
  http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/ac_pgm_latiname rican_studies.shtml Latin American Studies Concentration, University of Scranton

http://www.onlineschools.org/resources/online-resource-guide-for-spanish-teachers A fabulous website for both teachers and students in Spanish

http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/lang/spanish.html Spanish Resources

http://www2.planeta.com/mader/ecotravel/recipes/recipes.html LaOlla Latinoamericana (Food and Recipes from Latin America)

http://www.derechos.org/index.html Human Rights page.Option for viewing in either Spanish or English.

http://www.elmundo.es/ El Mundo, an important Spanish news paper

http://www.my-spanish-dictionary.com/articles/learning-the-spanish-language.html Great site for Spanish learners at all levels

http://www.elespectador.com/ Colombia's most important newspaper

http://www.allaboutguadalajara.com/allaboutguadalajarasp an.htm Web Page for Guadalajara, Mexico

http://www.caracol.com.co/ Caracol, a major chain of Colombian radio stations

http://www.mexconnect.com/ A general and special interest magazine on Mexico. In English.

http://www.yellow.com .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.

 


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