RESEARCH & WRITING

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • 19th, 20th, and 21st century Iberian literature, culture, and cinema
  • Anthropology and the humanities
  • Art and Autism
  • Digital Humanities

PRIMARY LANGUAGES

  • English: Native fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Spanish: Near-native fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Catalan: Near-native fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Portuguese: Advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening

PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS

"Collaboration and Performance in the Pessoa/Queiroz Love Letters." Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. 92 (2015): 203-22. (Awarded best paper in category of Letters -- Humanities, Philosophy, and Foreign Language).

"Autism and the Astonishing X-Men." The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times. Ed. Joseph J. Darowski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 213-22. Print.

"Leaving the Ivory Tower: How Engaging People Outside the Academy Could Help Save the Humanities." SquareTwo, Vol. 4 No. 2 (Summer). Web. 1 Sep 2011.

“To What Can We Attribute the Extraordinary Success of Les veus del Pamano?” Visat: La revista digital de literatura i traducció del PEN català. Sep 2010. Web. 8 Feb 2009.

TRANSLATIONS

Serés, Francesc. “Geology and Literature.” The New Ruralism: An Epistemology of Transformed Space. Ed. Joan Ramon Resina and William Viestenz. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2012.

Monterde, Antoni Martí. “Interliterariness and the Literary Field: Catalan Literature and Literatures in Catalonia.” Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula, Ed. Joan Ramon Resina. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2012.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Collaboration and Performance in the Pessoa/Queiroz Love Letters." Conference of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Ephraim, UT. March, 27, 2015.

"Autism in Popular Culture." UVU Conference on Autism, Orem, UT. April 11, 2014.

"Dungeons and Dragons in the Classroom: A Role-Playing Approach to Teaching and Learning History and Culture." Mentored presentation with several SPAN 3210 students. Southern Utah University Festival of Excellence. April 8, 2014.

“El arte de Lágrimas en la lluvia de Rosa Montero.”%20(2013).pdf) Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, Chapel Hill, NC. April 05, 2013.

“The Physical Engagements of Literary Scholarship and Pedagogy.” Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, Orem, UT. March 26, 2011.

“A Galactic Feast: The Baroque, The Synchronic Perspective, and Anthropophagy in Galáxias by Haroldo de Campos.” Poetic Presence: Graduate Students Presentation II. Stanford, CA. November 18, 2009.

“Enamorada del puma: Análisis junguiano de tres de los Cuentos de Eva Luna.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Knoxville, KY. April 21, 2007.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

"The Humanities and the Pursuit of Happiness." Keynote address at Sigma Tau Delta Undergraduate Conference. Cedar City, UT. Oct 24, 2015.

"The Hero’s Journey: How One Book Turned a Reader into a Humanist." Talk as part of BYU Herald B. Lee Library series entitled The Work that Changed My Life. Provo, UT. May 15, 2015.

"Apego en El peso del corazón de Rosa Montero." Joint panel with Dale Pratt (BYU) and Juan Carlos Martín (Stonehill College) at the debut of Rosa Montero's novel El peso del corazón. Provo, UT. March 13, 2015.

"En construcción." Film introduction for Southern Utah University's Latin American and Iberian Film Festival. Cedar City, UT. March 18, 2014

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Film introduction for Southern Utah University's Disability Week. Cedar City, UT. November 14, 2013.

“A Bad Story. It’s Been Sixty Years and the Wound Still Isn’t Closed: Les veus de Pamano in the Valley of the Noguera Pallaresa.” Catalan Symposium III. University of Missouri. April 7, 2012.

“A New Kind of Story: Narrative Strategies in Cravan vs. Cravan.” Film introduction for Under the Magnifying Lens: Catalan Cinema of the Real. Stanford, CA. October 29.

“Sometimes the Best Films Are the Ones that Ask the Best Questions.” Film presentation for Harold B. Lee Library Don Quixote Film Series. Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. October 1, 2006.

“Finding Hope in Bleakness.” Film introduction for Juan Rulfo’s Mexico: A Film and Lecture Series. Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. March 22, 2006.

“Fighting Cocks, Spontaneous Song, and a Couple of Latin America’s Greatest Writers.” Film introduction for Juan Rulfo’s Mexico: A Film and Lecture Series. Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. March 22, 2006.

INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA

In the Fall of 2013, I was invited to be on the planning committee for Southern Utah University's Disability Week. As part of that event, I participated on a panel about autism. The following article details my contribution to that conversation.

Wentz, Cathy. "'Dis-Ability Week:' SUU Hosts Week of Disability Awareness." 13 Nov. 2013. Web.

In the summers of 2010 and 2011, as I was conducting research for my dissertation in rural Spain (funded by research grants from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Stanford University), my project was highlighted in local news outlets on a number of occasions. The following is a list of those interviews and articles.

Interview with María Fermina Jiménez. “Hoy por hoy.” Ser Zafra Río Bodión. 13 Apr. 2011. 15 minute radio interview about my research in Extremadura.

Interview with Carmen Apolo. ZafraTVLocalia. “Entrevista con Todd Mack.” YouTube. 11 Apr. 2011. Web. 20 minute interview with ZafraTVLocalia about my research in Extremadura.

Ferràs, Anna. “El Pamano, estudiado en EEUU.” Segre 28 July 2010 : n. pag. Print. Newspaper article about my research in Catalonia.

EspazoLectura. “O Sete Vidas celebra unha sesión extraordinaria centrada en ‘O lapis do carpinteiro’.” Espazo Lectura. 25 July 2010. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. Article about an interview I conducted with readers in Galicia.

Aiurri Aldizkaria. “Obabako lurrak aztertzen.” 15 July 2010. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. Article about my research in the Basque Country.