Language, Literature and Culture

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Program Faculty

María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish) and Interim Chair (fall 2015), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, María Acosta Cruz received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature. Her main research and teaching interests are Caribbean and Latino cultures. She explores issues such as the making and marketability of identities, Puerto Rican cultural history, and national and gender-based stereotypes. Her book Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture & the Fictions of Independence (Rutgers University Press 2014 is also part of the American Literatures Initiative from NYU, Fordham, Temple and Virginia University Presses. The series has funding from the Mellon Foundation).
Tel: 1-508-793-7677
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Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza is also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: (508) 793-7256
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Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723
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Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Director, Jewish Studies Program
Director of Jewish Studies Concentration Dr. Fox's main scholarly focus is the rhetoric and internal coherence of the Hebrew Bible, and how they may be brought out in translation. He is also interested in how the Bible has been transformed at each stage by generations of Israelites, Jews, and Christians. He teaches courses in which texts serve as windows to the attitudes and concerns of Jews through the ages. Dr. Fox's activities in translation have led him to some unexpected places. He was a religious consultant on the animated film Prince of Egypt, and has been collaborating with an American-Israeli artist, Schwebel, who sets the David stories against the backdrop of 1980s Jerusalem.
Tel: 1-508-793-7355
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Beth Gale, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French) and Chair, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Gale's main scholarly focus is depictions of female adolescence since the late nineteenth century. Her research explores such topics as education, the body, family dynamics, friendship and sexuality from a sociohistorical perspective. Her publications focus on adolescent identity, postcolonial autobiography, coming-of-age narratives, and the problematics of space in the novel of adolescence. Dr. Gale’s recent courses include coming of age in the novel, contemporary francophone youth culture as portrayed in literature, film, music, and magazines, fairy tales of the world, and advanced oral expression.
Tel: 1-508-421-3781
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Dolores Juan-Moreno, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Tel: 508-793-7365
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Constance Montross, Ph.D.
Director, Language Arts Resource Center
Dr. Montross is located on the 4th floor of Goddard Library. Constance M. Montross, Director of the Language Arts Resource Center, has been teaching Spanish at Clark since 1984. She did her undergraduate work at Connecticut College and received a master's and doctorate from Yale University. With her colleague, Esther Levine of the College of the Holy Cross, she is the author of 3 editions of an anthology of readings- the most recent edition being Vistas y voces Latinas, Prentice Hall, 2002. In 2001 she received an Outstanding Service Award from Clark University.
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Juan Pablo Rivera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Assistant Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department Dr. Rivera received his B.A. from Yale University, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been at Clark since 2012. His research interests include contemporary poetics, the study of gender and sexuality, feminism, psychoanalysis, race, and Latin American critical thought. He teaches Spanish language courses at all levels, as well as advanced undergraduate courses on Latin American literature and culture. His courses often deal with representations of Latin American youth, of gay, lesbian, bi, queer and trans characters, and of technologies of body modification. As a member of the team-taught course The National Imagination, he has guided students through Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Tel: 1-508-793-7236
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Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Dr. Tobin specializes in the culture and literature of the German-speaking world from the Age of Goethe to the present, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and human rights. He teaches courses on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, human rights and literature, and Freud, as well as more traditional topics such as German film and Faust. He is also usually one of the co-professors of the National Imagination course.In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Universitat Wien in Vienna. He directs the major in Comparative Literature and advises students who want to self-design a major in German Studies.
Tel: 1-508-793-7353
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Alice Valentine, M.A.
Lecturer, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Instructor in Japanese


Adjunct Faculty

Amy Whitney, MBA
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Associate Professor; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Amy Whitney, MBA, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director, specializes in social entrepreneurship, cultures of innovation, and creativity. As Director of I&E, Amy manages a campus-wide Big Idea competition, provides curriculum oversight and assessment of the I&E Program, advises and mentors undergraduate students, monitors on-campus student ventures and teaches about cultures of innovation and creativity. She is also a LEEP Center Advisor. Her academic interests include entrepreneurship, learning cultures, intuitive inquiry, high-impact practices, inquiry-based learning, and adult learning theory. Amy received her BA and MBA from Clark University, and is pursuing an Ed.D. from Northeastern University concentrating in Organizational Leadership Studies.
Tel: 1-508-421-3730
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Department Instructors

Allison Fong, Ph.D.
Tel: 508-793-7239
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Emeriti Faculty

Paul Burke, Ph.D.
Professor of Classics, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Director of Ancient Civilization Program Dr. Burke teaches a wide variety of courses on the Clark campus, including: Introduction to Classical Greek, Jews and Christians in the Ancient World, Classical Mythology, Roman Art and Architecture, and Religious Experience in the Ancient World. He has taught a course on Roman archaeology in Clark's Luxembourg May Term and has directed numerous study-abroad tours of Southern Italy and Sicily. Dr. Burke is past president of the Vergilian Society which offers, through its Classical Summer School, courses on Greek and Roman history, art, and archaeology in Southern Italy, France, Israel, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean.
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Carol D'Lugo, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish, Language, Literature and Culture Department
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Marvin D'Lugo, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, Screen Studies and Literatures
Professor D'Lugo teaches courses on aspects of Spanish and Latin-American literatures. His primary areas of research involve Spanish-language cinemas with particular emphasis on Spain, Mexico and Argentina. He regularly teaches courses on these national cinemas as well as on the aesthetic practices that enable Spanish-language regional cinema to engage Hispanic audiences beyond national borders. Along with his scholarly writings on Hispanic transnational film, he has published books and articles on Spanish film auteurs Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura and Pedro Almodovar. Since 2008 he has been the principal editor of the international film journal, Studies in Spanish and Latin-American Cinemas while also serving on the editorial boards of the British journal, Transnational Cinemas and the Spanish journal of film history, Secuencias.
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Kenneth Hughes, Ph.D.
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Hartmut Kaiser, Ph.D.



Walter Schatzberg, Ph.D.
Co-director of the Leir Center in Luxembourg;
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Michael Spingler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Associate Professor of Screen Studies
French cinema
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