Curriculum Vitae

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Laura Connor

connor.laura@post.harvard.edu

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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Visiting Assistant Professor. World Languages Department, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA. August 2014-present.

 

EDUCATION

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                                

PhD, Romance Languages and Literatures, May 2014

Secondary field: History of Art and Architecture

 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

M.A., Spanish Literature, June 2008

 

Richmond, The American International University in London, London, UK

M.A., Art History, November 2007

 

Scripps College, Claremont, CA

B.A., summa cum laude, Majors: Hispanic Studies, French Studies. Minor: Art History. Phi Beta Kappa, May 2005

 

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Modern Catalan culture          Science and medicine in literature          Print and visual culture

Transatlantic studies          Realism and modernism in Spain          Gender studies

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Royal Deaths and National Rebirth: Eduardo Rosales’s Isabel la Católica in the Context of Nineteenth-Century Spanish Nationalism.” Decimonónica 14.2 (2017). (Forthcoming.)

“Catalonia is Different: Santiago Rusiñol’s Granada in Painting and Prose.” (Revise & resubmit.)

“Blindness, Deafness, Madness, and Melancholy: Alternative Modes of Seeing in the Self-Portraits of Francisco Goya.” (In preparation.)

“The Revindication of the Inefficient and Useless in Tiempo de Silencio.” (In preparation.)

“Framing Women: Frame, Perspective, and Interpretation in Fortunata y Jacinta, Grand Bal, and Madeleine.” Hispanic Review 83.2 (2015): 165-186.

“Bilingualism, Desdoblamiento, andDissociative Identity in Juan Marsé’s El amante bilingüe.”  Proceedings of the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference 1.1 (2012): 3-14.

“Entre la verdad y la realidad: Lo ‘real-maravilloso’ de la masacre bananera en Cien Años de Soledad.” Divergencias 7.2 (2009): 34-42.

 

SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Framingham State University CELTSS Research Grant, 2017, 2015

Harvard University GSAS Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-14

Real Colegio Complutense Research Grant, 2009, 2011

Nancy Clark Smith Grant, 2010

Jens Aubrey Westengard Scholarship, 2009-10

Harvard University GSAS Graduate Society Summer Predissertation Fellowship, 2009

FLAS Award for Summer Language Study, 2008

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Royal Deaths and National Rebirth: Images of Death in Nineteenth-Century Spanish History Painting.” 131st Annual MLA Convention, January 7-10, 2016.

“The Original, the Copy, and the Counterfeit: Sexual and Mechanical Reproduction in Fortunata y Jacinta.” 128th Annual MLA Convention. January 3-6, 2013.

“‘Galdosian’ Realism in Argentina: A possible intertext between Doña Perfecta and Manuel Gálvez’s Perdido en su noche.” 127th Annual MLA Convention. January 5-8, 2012.

“The Revindication of the Inefficient and Useless in Tiempo de Silencio.” Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature, CUNY. February 24-25, 2011.

“Bilingualism, Desdoblamiento, andDissociative Identity in Juan Marsé’s El amante bilingüe.” Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference, UCLA. April 29-30, 2010.

“Art Theory from the Margins.” 18th Annual Graduate Conference in Romance Studies, Boston College. March 19-20, 2010.

“Desde el margen: The Peripheral and Privileged in Santiago Rusiñol’s Travel Writing.”3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Chicago. October 16-17, 2009.

“The Enlightened Body: Corporeal (In)Visibility in Goya’s Caprichos.”Interdisciplinary Young Researchers’ Conference on Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Université de Montréal. March 6-8, 2009.

 

TEACHING AND ADVISING EXPERIENCE

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Framingham State University.

Elementary Spanish II, Summer 2017, Fall 2015.

Elementary Portuguese I. Summer 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016.

Major Hispanic Writers I, Spring 2017. 16 students.

  • Analyze early modern Spanish and colonial Latin American literary works in their historical and artistic contexts.

Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation II, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.

Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation I, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.

Elementary Spanish I, Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014.

Cultural Expressions in Twentieth-Century Spain Through Art, Film, and Architecture (Graduate Course), Spring 2016.

  • Traced development of intellectual thought and artistic innovation in Spain from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century through painting, sculpture, film, architecture, novels, essays, and poetry.

Seminar in Spanish: Intro to Translation and Interpretation, Spring 2016.

  • Used grammar and vocabulary exercises and authentic articles to cultivate English-to-Spanish translation skills in medical, legal, technological, literary, and sports contexts.
  • Used role-plays to build basic interpretation skills.

Elementary French I, Fall 2015.

Critical Writing for Spanish Literature (Graduate Course), Summer 2015.

  • Used 19th– and 20th-century Spanish and Spanish American novels as well as theoretical and critical readings to develop written literary analysis skills.

Contemporary Spanish Narrative (Graduate Course), Spring 2015.

  • Led discussions of major postwar Spanish novels and their production within the artistic, social, and political context of 20th-century Spain.

Cinema in Post-Franco Spain, Fall 2014.

  • Led discussion of significant films and their exploration of important sociopolitical issues including immigration, domestic violence, and religion in the post-Franco era.

 

Lecturer, Simmons College.

  • The Hispanic Short Story, Spring 2016.
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition, Fall 2015.

Tutor, Harvard University. Designed and sole-taught:

Senior Honors Tutorial in Romance Studies, Academic Year 2013-14. 1 student.

  • Conducted weekly meetings to discuss critical, theoretical, and primary readings pertinent to student’s honors thesis on exile in Jorge Semprún’s Adieu, vive clarté….
  • Read and commented on work in progress and full chapters.

Junior Tutorial in Romance Studies, Spring 2013. 1 student.

  • Designed curriculum on cultural products of exile after Spanish Civil War.
  • Conducted weekly meetings in Spanish to discuss readings, films, and artworks plus theoretical works and critical commentary.

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University.

Spanish Writing and Performance, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. 2 sections/semester. 9-13 students/section.

  • Led discussions of short literary pieces and two three-act plays for advanced language students.
  • Developed student capacity for oral and written literary analysis using literature to illustrate advanced grammatical points and cultural issues.

Intermediate Spanish, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. 2 sections/semester. 14-18 students/section.

Beginning Spanish II, Spring 2011. 1 section. 15 students.

Beginning Spanish I, Fall 2010. 1 section. 14 students.

 

TUTORING EXPERIENCE

Language Tutor, Signet Education, Cambridge, MA. July 2010-May 2015.

Spanish Tutor, Romance Languages & Literatures Tutoring Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Spring 2010; Fall 2011-Fall 2012.

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, Professor Susan R. Suleiman, Harvard University. September 2009-May 2014.

  • Search for and compile bibliographies of materials for academic publications on Jewish authors and anti-Semitism in 20th-century France.

Research Assistant, Professor Cintia Santana, Claremont McKenna College. November 2005-

December 2007.

  • Searched for and compiled bibliographies of materials on Dirty Realism/Realismo Sucio and literary relations between Spain and Morocco.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Faculty Member of World Languages Department, Framingham State University.

  • Advise department majors and undeclared students.
  • Organize department events (World Languages Coffee Hour, International Student Gatherings).
  • Participate in departmental outreach to high school students.
  • Collaborate on department promotional materials (fliers, posters, press releases, catalogs).
  • Supervise translation of promotional materials into Portuguese.
  • Organized World Languages Department table at Majors & Minors fair.

Faculty Liaison to Spanish Club, World Languages Department, Framingham State University.

  • Participate in biweekly Spanish table.
  • Co-organized World Languages film festival for Fall 2015.
  • Lead field trip Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Symposium co-organizer, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

  • Co-organized and delivered closing statements for symposium entitled (Pen)insular Seminar: Sui Generis: Ends and Limits of Literary Genre(s) with 7 invited speakers. May 15, 2012.

Department Liaison to Graduate Student Council, Harvard University, Fall 2010-Spring 2012.

  • Attended monthly meetings to report to department on university developments of particular interest to graduate students and to relay concerns of our department to GSC.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Modern Language Association

Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas

Northeast Modern Language Association

 

LANGUAGES

English: native fluency

Spanish, French: near-native fluency

Portuguese, Catalan:  high proficiency

Italian: reading knowledge

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