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Dana Bultman

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Professor of Spanish Literature

Dana Bultman, Ph.D. 1998 Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am interested in working with IWS students on research projects, including CURO, that focus on women writers, historical conventions of gender and social class, and interfaces between religion and artistic production in the context of the Hispanophone world--either fully in English translation, in Spanish, or bilingually, depending on student goals. I invite IWS undergraduates and graduate students who wish to become more proficient at using UGA's Special Collections archives, such as the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, to contact me for individual guidance. I regularly teach SPAN 3030 Texts in Global Contexts and SPAN 4040 Literary Adventures in Spain in Romance Languages, graduate courses in Spanish, and ocassionally offer an IWS split level undergraduate/graduate course in English.

Past course description ROML 4120/6120 WMST 4250/6250:

Women, Queer Women, and Transgender Spanish writers in Translation 

Description: This course focuses on women’s literary and cultural production from Spain and colonial Mexico and Cuba in translation. Readings, assignments and discussions will be in English with Spanish originals provided for bilingual students. Our primary texts span the 14th to the 21st century in the form of autobiographies, novels, essays and poems authored by women, queer women and transgender writers. Our emphasis will be on the material, economic, aesthetic, and metaphysical concepts and conditions each author works with in her/his text. Questions of self-representation, political authority, the symbolic and material circulation between Spain and the Americas, and Hispanophone/Anglophone cultural contact through translation and scholarship will inform our discussions. For the final paper, students may choose to study materials that come from a period and region of the Hispanophone world corresponding to their particular field of interest.

Primary readings:

  • María de Zayas, selected stories from The Enchantments of Love (1637)
  • Juana Inés de la Cruz, The Answer (1691) and selected poems. Also María LuisaBemberg’s 1990 film about Sor Juana, I, the Worst of All.
  • Josefa Amar y Borbón, Discourse on the talent of women (1786), and Discourse on women’s physical and moral education (1790)
  • Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, abolitionist and feminist novel, Sab (1841)
  • Carmen Laforet, post Spanish Civil War novel, Nada (1944)
  • Paul B. Preciado, autobiographical theoretical essay, Testo Junkie: sex, drugs, and biopolitics in the pharmacopornographic era (2013)



Of note:
  • Special Collections Faculty Fellow, 2021
  • CTL Writing Fellows Program, 2018-2019
  • Book Review Editor, Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, 2015-2021
  • Associate Academic Director for Public Programs, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, 2014-2017
  • President, GEMELA, Group for the Study of Women in Spain and Latin America, 2013-2015 
  • President, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, 2013-2014

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