Borja Gutiérrez

Instruction and Research

                                                                                Vista of Toledo, Spain.


COURSES TAUGHT AT THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY -

Courses Taught from Fall 2008 to Fall 2018: Elementary Spanish 1, Elementary Spanish 2, Intermediate Spanish 3, Spanish 100: Intermediate Grammar and Composition (Old and New Versions), Spanish 110: Intermediate Conversation, Summer Intensive Spanish 1, and Summer Intensive Spanish 2.
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- AREAS OF RESEARCH AND INTEREST -
                                                  
  • Main Fields of Research and Interest: Spanish Golden Age and Colonial Hispanic-American Literature, History, and Art History; Global Plantation Studies; Human Rights and Civil Rights Issues; Labor and Poverty Studies; and LGBT/Queer Studies.
  1. Poetry: Thematic studies on imagination, memory, allegory, the sublime, the representation of the feminine, courtly love (including the influences of Dante and Petrarch), death, aesthetics, philosophical influences (skepticism, stoicism, (neo)platonism, and epicureanism), poetics, and the tragic. The relationship between Literature and the Visual Arts (ékfrasis).
  2. Novel: Don Quijote and the Picaresque tradition, especially the process and presence of education and the imagination.
  3. Theater: The religious, philosophical, and political thought of Calderón de la Barca and Lope de Vega.
  4. History: The reigns of Isabel and Ferdinand, Charles V, and Phillip II; specifically, their political philosophies and their foreign, domestic, and colonial policies. The evolution of Spanish colonial laws and conceptions of indigenous and slave populations. Columbus. Chronicles on the discovery and conquest of America.
  5. Art History: El Greco and Mysticism, as well as the representation of the Picaresque in Golden Age Painting.
  6. The Persistence of the Plantation System and the continuous, multi-faceted gross violation of human rights that it entails as it is represented in the Literature, History, Culture, Politics, and Societies of the Global South (i.e. the geographical area comprised by Southern Europe, the American South, Continental Latin America, the Caribbean, etc.). 
  7. Labor and Poverty Studies: The literary, artistic, political, legal, and economic study of labor and poverty in Spain and the Americas. 
  8. Multidisciplinary analysis of gay rights, gay politics and political thought, queer aesthetics and iconography, homophobia, and queer creativities. 
  • Secondary Fields of Research and Interest: Literature of the American South, Social Justice in Hispanic Literature, Cuban and African American Literature (Carnivalesque texts, Slave Narratives and Autobiographies), Spanish and Latin American Political Thought, US and Latin American Relations, Philosophy of Literature, and Literary Theory, and the incorporation of innovative technology and pedagogies in language instruction.  
  • Specific, Ongoing Research:
  1. The Power that Comes from the Land: The Plantation Society in Isabel Allende's Novels.
  2. The Plantation Society in Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X's Thought.
  3. The Landed and the Landless in Spanish Literature.
  4. El Proletariado: The Worker As Ideological Site of Contestation in Hispanic Literature.
  5. Becoming Human: The Evolution of Gay Rights.
  6. Queer Creativities: The Pursuit of Free Being.
  7. Queer(ed) Skins, Narrated Bodies: The Semiotics of Tattoos and Piercings in the LGBT Community.
  8. Politics as Slaughterhouse: La casa de los espíritus and El Matadero.
  9. The Persistence of the Plantation in Southern Societies: The Intertextual Dialogue of La casa de los espíritus with Gone with the Wind.         
  10. Hermandad: Social Justice and Solidarity in Hispanic Literature.
  11. Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Man: The Creation and Recreation of America. (A comparative study of competing versions of America and what it means to be American in Anglo-American and Hispanic-American political and literary thought).    
  12. Eros and Thanatos as (Psycho)Drama: Tragic Representations of Love and Death in Golden Age and Colonial Hispanic-American Poetry.
  13. Entre el ser y el estar: Reflexiones sobre la Hispanidad.
  14. Southern Identities: Stasis and Crisis in the American South, Hispanic America, and Spain.
  15. The Intertextual, Carnivalesque Roots of Nicolás Guillén's "Digo que no soy un hombre puro".
  16. Mysticism and Iconography in the Paintings of El Greco.
  17. (Re)presenting Columbus: Transatlantic Crossings.
  18. Cimarronaje and Carnival: The Rhetoric of Freedom in Slave Narratives and Autobiographies of Cuba and the United States.
  19. The Picaresque in Spanish Golden Age Painting.
  20. Res Publica Hispana: The Political Philosophy of the Spanish Habsburg Empire.
  21. The Spanish Imagination: Mythopoesis in the Discovery and Conquest of America.
  22. The Author-Text-Reader Nexus: The Imagination. Inquiries into Philosophy of Literature.
  23. Translating and Transferring the Word: The Evangelization of America.
  24. History as Anonymous Hyperlink: Intertextual Homage in Cabrera Infante's Vista del amanecer en el trópico.
  25. Pitching America: Early Modern Marketing and Advertising.
  26. Eternal Inefficiency: Bureaucracy in Hispanic Literature.  
  • Past Research: 
  1. El ars poetica de Antonio Machado.
  2. "La mujer fantasma en la poesía de Garcilaso de la Vega".
  3. "El rito carnavalesco en la poesía de Manuel Machado: ékfrasis intertextual desautomatizadora".
  4. "El pasado re-visitado: la memoria histórica de Julio Llamazares en Memoria de Nieve".
  5. "Never Never Land or El cuarto de atrás: la infancia y el despertar traumático".
  6. "Lo sublime en Bécquer: la mujer, el mundo y lo superreal. La experiencia, el deseo de conocer y el fracaso en las RimasLeyendas y Cartas".
  7. "El carnaval en el poema "Digo que no soy un hombre puro" de Nicolás Guillén: revelaciones de lo artificial y enfrentamiento con el poder oficial".
  8. "El cimarronaje en el carnaval diario de Máscaras". 
  9. "Charles Dickens' Rejection of the Picaresque. Oliver Twist: The Anti-Pícaro in a Picaresque World".

Last Update: 11/21/2018
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