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Fernando Gomez

Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages & Spanish

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7331

fgomez@​knox.edu

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Meet the Modern Languages Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7331

fgomez@knox.edu

"In my research I enjoy investigating the diverse ways authors have depicted the human experience over the centuries. Specifically, I have analyzed the evolution of certain representations of death and the afterlife, the world as a stage, life as a pilgrimage, love, free-will, and the possibilities / limits of human knowledge. In the classroom, I hope to foster an appreciation of what an important role the medium of literature plays in our lives and how it provides a space in which we can imagine, hypothesize, and negotiate such enigmatic issues as these in a way other mediums cannot."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, MN 61401-4999

309-341-7488

cakuetey@knox.edu

"My research focuses on General Linguistics, notably on the construction of my mother tongue; the Ewe language (a language spoken in Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria). I am also interested in the translation of literary works from English into French."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

lebrittingham@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7239

jdixon@knox.edu

"My current research focuses on Cuban underground hip-hop as a platform for cultural expression and cultural revolution in contemporary Cuban society."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7300

tfoster@knox.edu

"Questions of the power to speak, on a variety of levels, greatly interest me. As a teacher of the Spanish language, I try to provide not only the necessary grammatical skills for interpersonal communication but also a contextual understanding of a vibrant, living language. By teaching a foreign language, I can provide students both with a knowledge of those unlike themselves and the power to speak to, understand and access areas of knowledge unavailable to monolinguals."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7416

theidt@knox.edu

"I am interested in the intersections of modernity, story-telling, media and realism. My research focuses on film adaptations from Weimar Germany (1919-1933), paying particular attention to the manner in which these narratives draw attention to the act of story-telling as much as they communicate the story itself. I have recently become increasingly interested in questions constructions of realism in various media, as well as the manner in which cultural critics of the Weimar Republic understood 'realism' with regard to highly mechanical modes of representation such as photography and film. My sources often creatively pass between categories of fiction and documentary as well as mix media and genres. I am also interested in Austrian culture (especially Vienna around 1900), film studies and film history."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7150

jminer@knox.edu

"My current research is in computer-assisted instruction, translation, and 20th-century Latin American narrative."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7339

jnoriega@knox.edu

"My interests lie in Spanish-American Migrant Literature and Indigenous Cultures of America within the context of colonial-postcolonial, transatlantic and cultural studies theories."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7157

aprado@knox.edu

"My previous research focused on cultural productions that testify gender and class positions of political struggle in times of State crisis, such as anarcho-feminist writings and anarchist film before and during the Spanish Civil War, and political video-activism after the economic crisis in Argentina after December 2001. Most recently I have been working on the concentrationary literature of the Spanish Republicans in French and Nazi camps during their exile after the Spanish Civil War. I frame this study within current memory studies that question the model of the Spanish Democratic Transition as compliant with a politics of forgetting the Spanish Republican past."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7186

rragan@knox.edu

"My dissertation and early research combines my love for literature as well as my engagement in feminist theory. My work has focused on issues of the body, specifically the female body. I am particularly intrigued with the way 19th century medical discourse portrays illness as a natural state in women. My work on 19th century Spain has focused on hysteria, anorexia, and menstrual troubles with a focus on how portrayals of sick women work with and against the overall cultural understandings of women's bodies looking toward social causes rather than the biological sources of women's illness. More recently I have turned my attention to Spanish film and contemporary Spanish culture with an emphasis on youth. I am interested in the challenges facing Spanish youth today and their strategies for fighting apathy and finding community. I now teach a new course called Spanish 310 "Spanish Youth through Film, Literature and Music."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

309-341-7488

asteinberg@knox.edu

"My research focuses on the impact of the tale in 18th century French literature. I analyze its structure, its themes to unravel how such a 'minor' genre became a 'major' literary vehicle during this era. I examine particularly how a handful of authors used the tale as an experimental literary format not only to spread knowledge, to anchor (or criticize) the Enlightenment ideals but also to reform what Jacques Ranciere calls the 'parole efficace', creating a new approach to literary aesthetics at the end of the Ancien Regime. I am also studying how literary genres are intertwined during the 18th century, especially the link between theatre, the novel, and the tale."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

nucar@knox.edu

Emeritus Faculty

Carol Chase
Professor Emerita of Modern Languages

Jorge Prats
Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages

Momcilo Rosic
Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages

Ross Vander Meulen
Professor Emeritus of German

Margareta I. Baacke
Professor Emerita of Modern Languages

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