Robert A. Parsons, Ph.D.

The University of Scranton

Department of World Languages and Cultures

Office:    316 O'Hara Hall      
Phone:    (570) 941-7447      
Office Hours:  MWF    11:00am -- 12:00pm      
Tuesday    3:30pm -- 4:20pm      
Or by appointment. I am often in my office in late afternoon hours.  



Academic History Articles published
Courses taught Links
Interests/Hobbies Guadalajara Study Travel/Tour

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.
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Scranton, 1988-Aug 2003. 


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.


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:



Latin American Network Information Center

Latin American Studies Concentration, University of Scranton rican_studies.shtml

Website for 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 newspaper        

 Newspaper from Medellín, Colombia    

 Colombia's most important newspaper    

 Web Page for Guadalajara, Mexico an.htm  

 Caracol, a major chain of Colombian radio stations      

 A general and special interest magazine on Mexico. In English.     

 An excellent Mexican search engine