Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

 

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EDUCATION

Ph.D Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1993.  Specialization: 20th-Century Peninsular literature, emphasis on the Spanish novel and theater.  Minor: 19th-Century Peninsular literature and Latin American literature.

Dissertation:  Demythification in the Fiction of Miguel Delibes.  Explores how Miguel Delibes uses his fiction to demythify some of the myths that were used by the Francoist regime to bolster its authority.  Director: Dr. John W. Kronik.

M.A. Spanish. University of Alberta, Canada, 1988.  Specialization:  Peninsular Literature with a minor emphasis on Latin American Literature.  M.A. Thesis: La memoria en Réquiem por un campesino español de Ramón Sender. Director: Dr. María Bortolussi.

B. A (Honors, Second Class Upper), University of Ghana, 1984.  Spanish & Linguistics.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Penn State University

Professor of Spanish, Penn State, Altoona College, 2011-

Director, University's Office of Summer Session 2011-

Associate Professor of Spanish, Penn State, Altoona College, 2002-2011

Coordinator, Spanish Minor, 2005-2009

Co-Director, International Study Abroad Program, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2010

Co-Director, International Study Abroad Program, Lacunza Institute, San Sebastián, Spain, 2009

Co-Director, International Study Abroad Program, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2007

Co-Director, International Study Abroad Program, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006

Advisor, Undergraduate students of Liberal Arts 1998-2011

Assistant Professor of Spanish. Penn State University, Altoona College 1998-2002

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Assistant Professor of Spanish. 1993-1998.

Director of Spanish program, 1996-1998.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Lecturer, Spanish Literature, 1993
Teaching Assistant, 1988-1990

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Teaching Assistant, 1986-1988

University of Ghana, Legon
Tutorial Assistant, 1984-86

COURSES AUTHORED AND TAUGHT

Penn State University (1988-2009)

Spanish Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Intersection Between Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film
Twentieth-Century Spanish Narrative
Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture
Spain through Popular Culture, Film, and the Mass Media
Elementary Spanish and Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate, Advanced, and Intensive Spanish Grammar and Composition
Intermediate and Advanced Conversation

Grand Valley State University  (1993-1998)

Spanish Women Writers, Contemporary Spanish Fiction
Contemporary Spanish Culture through Film
Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Spanish
Advanced Grammar and Composition

Cornell University 1988-1990, 1993

Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Elementary and Intermediate Spanish

University of Alberta, 1986-1988

 Introductory and Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Expression in Spanish

University of Ghana, 1984-1986

Introduction to Latin American literature: emphasis on Pablo Neruda and Nicolás Guillén.

RESEARCH

Publications

Books

Postmodernity in Spanish Fiction and Culture. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010.

Demythification in the Fiction of Miguel Delibes. New York: Peter Lang, 1996.

Spanish Women Science Fiction Writers and Postmodern Mutations (Manuscript in progress)

Chapters in Books and Edited Volumes

The Human Element in the Later Works of Nicolás Guillén.” Actas de XI Congreso de FIEALC-Federación Internacional de Estudios Latino Americanos Caribeños, Osaka, Japan, (2003).

“Recasting Spanish Colonization and Imperialism. Angel Ganivet’s Idearium español and La conquista del reino de Maya.” Ed. Gustavo Mejía. Breaking Borders: African-Hispanic Encounters. Volume I. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1999.  29-59.

“Myth and Martyrdom: Gonzalo Torrente Ballester’s El retorno de Ulises.  Eds. Alberto Navarro González, Juan Carlos Pueo Domínguez, Alfredo Saldaña Sagredo, and Tua Blesa. Mitos: Actas del VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Semiótica, Volume I. Zaragoza, Spain: Anexos de Tropelías, 1998. 243-46.

Special Issue of Journal

"Symptons of Spanish Fantasies: Africa as the Sign of the Other in Angel Ganivet's Idearium español and La conquista del reino de Maya," Rethinking Spain from Across the Seas. Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 30.1 (2006):148-69.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

"Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP): A Successful Model in Programming and Collaborative Teaching and Learning." Summer Academe 7 (2013):1-16.

"La movida madrileña:¿Mito, o realidad?: Madrid ha muerto de Luis Antonio de Villena." Crítica Hispánica 28.1&2 (2006):7-17.

Playing with Metafiction, Intertextuality, and Plagiarism:  Juan Manuel de Prada’s Las máscaras del héroe.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 82.5 (2005): 655-70.

“Reading Modernism Through Postmodernism:  Antonio Orejudo Utrilla’s Fabulosas narraciones por historias.” Tesserae: Journal of Iberian & Latin American Studies 9. 2 (2003): 125-38.

“José Angel Mañas’s Literature of Insurgency: Historias del Kronen.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 55.1 (2002): 188-203.
           
 “The Dramatization of Self-Transformation and the Doubling of Literary Fictionality:  Juan José Millás’s “Ella imagina” Crítica Hispánica 23. 1-2 (2001): 7-15.

Perspectivism, Dreams, Mirrors, and the Act of Literary Creation:  José María Merino’s La orilla oscura.” Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 5.2 (1999): 129-43.    

“Desire, Psychoanalysis, and Violence:  Juan José Millás’s El desorden de tu nombre.”  Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 24. 1-2 (1999): 17-34.
           
 “Meditation, Memory, and Denial: Ramón Sender’s Réquiem por un campesino español.” Letras Peninsulares 12.2 (1999): 320-34.

“Juan José Millás’s La soledad era esto and the Process of Subjectivity.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 25.1 (1999): 81-94.

“Toward a Theory of the Fantastic and the Detective Novel: Germán Sánchez Espeso’s La mujer a la que había que matar.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 51 (1998): 406-22.   

 “‘The Locus of Meditation of the Same and the Other’: Buero Vallejo’s El tragaluz.” Letras Peninsulares 10.2 (1997): 305-18.

“Speech, Writing, and the Confession of Unfulfilled Desire:  Miguel Delibes’s Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 72 (1996): 389-400.                       

“Germán Sánchez Espeso’s Narciso: Murderous Desire, Paradoxical Narcissism, and Narrative
Narcissism.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 20.3 (1996): 519-29.                                

“Miguel Delibes and the Politics of Two Women: Cinco horas con Mario and Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris.” Hispanófila 117 (1996): 63-77.   

“Sexual and Erotic Domination: Master and Slave in Fernando Arrabal’s  The Grand Ceremonial.”Romance Languages Annual 8 (1996): 351-57.

“Reinventing Identity: Class, Race, and Nationalism in Concha Espina’s Retaguardia.” Romance Notes 36. 2 (1996): 167-79. 

“Emilia Pardo Bazán y la técnica del doble juego: el caso de Los pazos de Ulloa.” Letras Femeninas 18. 1-2  (1992): 97-107.

Encyclopedic Entry

“Miguel Delibes.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 322:20th Century Spanish Fiction Writers. Coumbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 2006. 87-94.

“Miguel Delibes.” Twentieth-Century Spanish Fiction Writers. Ed. Martha Altisent. Thomson Gale, 2006.

“Miguel Delibes.” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture. Ed. Eammon Rodgers. London: Routledge, 1999. 66-73.

CONFERENCE PAPERS, PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS, AND LECTURES

"Parody and Delusion in Juan Manuel de Prada's El silencio del patinador." International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) Conference for Academic Disciplines. Paris, France, April 8-11, 2013

Co-organizer, panel Chair, Closing Address.  3rd International Conference on Afro-Hispanic , Luso-Brazilian and Latin American Studies. University of Ghana, Accra, August 2-5, 2011. (www.personal.tcu.edu/kaggor/ConferenceMain.htm).

“Leaving and Hiding Traces of Oneself: Miguel Delibes’s Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso.”  3rd Conference of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies. SILAS 2011. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, March 11-12, 2011.

Co-organizer, panel Chair, Closing Address.  2nd International Conference on Afro-Hispanic , Luso-Brazilian and Latin American Studies. University of Ghana, Accra, August 4-8, 2009. (www.personal.tcu.edu/kaggor/ConferenceMain.htm).

“Downward Mobility and Disquiet in the Novels of Spain’s Generation X Writers.VII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cusco - Perú, March 3-6, 2008.

Co-organizer, panel Chair, Closing Address.  1st International Conference on Afro-Hispanic Studies across the Disciplines. University of Ghana, Accra, August 9-12, 2007. (www.personal.tcu.edu/kaggor/ConferenceMain.htm).

“La movida madrileña ¿insularidad peculiar o nacional?  El caso de Madrid ha muerto de Luis Antonio de Villena. XI Congreso Internacional Asociación Española de Semiótica.  La Laguna. Tenerife. November 3-5, 2004.
           
“The Human Element in the Later Works of Nicolás Guillén.”  XI Congress of FIEALC-International Federation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Osaka, Japan, September 24-27, 2003.

“Constructing the Erotic: Cuba, the Tropicana, Bolero, and Other Dreams: Rosa Montero’s Te trataré  como a una reina.” Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre América Latina y el Caribe (SOLAR), University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, October 8-12, 2002.
  
“La energía liberadora de la ‘movida,’ ¿mito o realidad?: Madrid ha muerto de Luis Antonio de Villena.” Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, Lima, Peru, February 28-March 1, 2002.

“The Modern, Postmodern, and the Fabulous: Reading Antonio Orejudo Utrilla’s Fabulosas  narraciones por historias.” 55th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington KY, April 2002.

“Reading Modernism Through Postmodernism:  Antonio Orejudo Utrilla’s Fabulosas narracioness por historias.” Fifty Years of Literature and Cinema in Spain (1950-2000), University of California, Irvine, February 22-24, 2001.

“The Sublime and the Dehumanized:  Juan Manuel de Prada’s Postmodernist Enterprise in Las máscaras del héroe.”  Spain in the Twenty-First Century: Literature, the Arts, and Culture:  An International Symposium, Ohio State University, Columbus, November 1-4, 2000.

“Art, Photography, and Writing: Juan Manuel de Prada’s El silencio del patinador Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 29-October 1, 2000.

“Illusion at the End of the Road:  Juan Manuel de Prada’s El silencio del patinador patinador.” 53rd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington KY, April 2000.

“The Parable of ‘Desencanto’ at the End of the Millennium: José Angel Mañas’s Historias del Kronen and Ismail Grasa’s De Madrid al cielo.” 15th Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Missouri--Columbia, Columbia MO,October 1999.

“Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll:  José Angel Mañas’s Historias del Kronen.” 52nd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, April 22-24, 1999.

“Exploring the Politics of ‘desencanto’ in Contemporary Spanish Fiction.” Division of Arts and Humanities Colloquium, The Pennsylvania State University-Altoona College, September 20, 1999.

“La semiótica del desdoblamiento de la ficcionalidad literaria en ‘Ella imagina’ de Juan José Millás.” VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Semiótica, Granada, Spain, December 15-18, 1998.
                                                                       
 “The Intratextual Tensions of Fiction and Nonfiction:  Marina Mayoral’s Dar la vida y el alma.”  51st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington KY, April 16-18, 1998.

“Juan José Millás’s La soledad era esto and the Act of Self-Transformation.” 14th Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, September 18-20, 1997.                                                                                                                            
 “Myth and Martyrdom: Torrente Ballester’s El retorno de Ulises.” VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Semiótica, Zaragoza, Spain, November 4-9, 1996.                                                                                                                                                        

“Sexual and Erotic Domination:  Master and Slave in Fernando Arrabal’s The Grand Ceremonial.”  VIII Annual Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures & Film, Purdue University, West Lafayette, October 10-12, 1996.

“Desire and Metafiction in Germán  Sánchez Espeso’s  Narciso.” 12th  Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, October 1995.

“The Multiplication of the Self Between Past and Present:  Miguel Delibes’s Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso.” Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, September 1995.
                                                                                               
“Madness and the Oedipus Complex: Miguel Delibes’s El loco.”  48th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, April 1995.

 “The Tyrannical Mother and the Domestic Angel: Miguel  Delibes’s Cinco horas con  Mario and Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris.” Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, September 1994.

 “Dialogue as an Invitation to Violence and Self-Discovery: Buero Vallejo’s El tragaluz.” 14th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, May 1994.                                                                                        

“The Selective Recuperation of the Past: Ramón Sender’s Réquiem por un campesino español.” Department of Foreign Languages Colloquium, Grand Valley State University, April 1994.

  “The Locus of Meditation of the Same and the Other: Buero Vallejo’s El tragaluz.” 47th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY April 1994. 

“Metaphorical Decentering of Heroism:  Miguel Delibes’s 337A, madera de héroe.” Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, September 1993.                        

Cinco horas con Mario: The Symbolization of Utopia as a ‘Futural’ Horizon of Myth.”  Department of Romance Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, September 1992.         

“La intertextualidad en Reivindicación del  Conde don Julián de Juan Goytisolo.” Department of Romance Languages Colloquium, University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 1987.
           
Invited Lectures

“Exploring Contemporary Spanish Fiction.”  Department of Modern Languages.  University of Ghana, Legon.  March 28, 2005.

“Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll in Current Spanish Fiction.” Department of Modern Languages & Cultures Lecture Series, Clarion University, Clarion. April 1, 2003.

“Studying Abroad: Challenges and Surprises.” Grand Valley State University Language House Speaker Series. October 1995.   

“The Empowerment of Women in Ghana.” presented at the Women’s History Project (1994-95).  Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Grand Rapids Humanities Council, and the Nokomis Foundation, April 1995.
                                                                                                           
Series of lectures on “Comprehending Cultural Differences,” “A Dialogue with Our Neighbors--American and Mexican Interactions,” and “Time Communication, Cultural Imperatives” in the International Programs Series of the Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business and the Office of International Affairs, May 1994 and May 1995.

HONORS, GRANTS, AND GRANTS

Penn State University

Postmodernism, Science Fiction, and Hispanic Feminism, Penn State Altoona College Senior Research Award ($5,000) 2012.

Researching the Phenomenon of Foreign Language Acquisition in Ghana. Dean’s Development Fund. Penn State Altoona ($2,000 ) 2004.

Negotiating Postmodernity in Spanish Culture Through Contemporary Spanish Fiction, Penn State Altoona Research and Development Grant ($1,500), 2004.

“La movida madrileña and Luis Antonio de Villena,” Penn State University Minority Faculty Development Fund ($500) 2001.

“Representation of Africa and the African in the Spanish Novel of the Twentieth Century.” Penn State Altoona Research and Development Grant ($1000), 1999-2000.

The Politics of Illusion and Disillusion.” Penn State Altoona Research and Development Grant ($1,500), 1998-1999.

The Politics of Illusion and Disillusion.” Penn State University Minority Faculty Development Fund ($500) 1998-1999.

The Politics of Illusion and Disillusion.” Penn State University Global Fund ($500) 1998-1999.

Cornell University

Berkowiz Graduate Scholarship, 1990-92
Graduate Fellowship, 1990.     

University of Ghana

University of Ghana Postgraduate Scholarship, 1986-1988.
Ghana Government Undergraduate Scholarship, 1980-84.     

External Funding

Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United  States Universities. Grant of ($1000) for research on Spanish Fiction at the Edge of the Millennium. 1999.
                                   
SERVICE FOR THE UNIVERSITY

University Senate’s representative Faculty Advisory Committee on Academic Computing (FACAC) 2008-2010
University Senate’s representative, Penn State University ID Card Committee 2009-2010

Chair, Computing and Information Systems, Penn State University Senate 2008-2010

University Senator, Member, CIS Committee, Penn State University Senate, 2006-2007

SERVICE FOR THE PROFESSION

Boards and Committees

Member, College Board’s CLEP Spanish Language Test Development Committee, 2009-2013. Committee responsible for guiding the content and policies of the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Spanish Language exam.

Article reviewer Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 2004, 2006, 2010

Article reviewer Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 2006, 2010

Reviews

Review of In the Feminine Mode: Essays on Hispanic Women Writers. Eds. Noël Valis and Carol Maier.  Letras Femeninas 18.1-2 (1992):151-52.    

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Modern Language Association of America, 1989-1998, 2007
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 1998
Ghanaian Association of Hispanists 2009-

 

 

Curriculum Vitae