Chair and Professor of Spanish
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A native of Spain, Rosa Tapia holds a doctorate in Spanish Literature from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Spanish and Foreign Language Education from the University of Delaware, and a Licenciatura in English Philology from the University of Granada, Spain. Tapia is a professor of Spanish at Lawrence University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Latin American culture, literature and film. She received the Young Teacher Award in 2005 and the University Award for Excellence in Advising in 2014.
In collaboration with Cecilia Herrera, Tapia organizes the Lawrence University Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. LULASFF features recent award-winning titles, Q&A’s with international directors, actors and producers (Juan Andrés Arango, Rubén Mendoza, Adrián Saba, Moisés Sepúlveda, Solveig Hoojesteijn, Brionne Davis, Arí Maniel Cruz, Carla Cavina, etc.) and talks by renowned intellectuals (Walter Mignolo, Paul Julian Smith, Sophia McClennen and Javier Guerrero).
In 2016, Tapia became Faculty Director of Advising at Lawrence University and joined the College Board’s national Development Committee for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam, in which she currently serves as the co-chair for higher education.
RECENT AND ONGOING SCHOLARSHIP
- BOOK CHAPTER: “Space and the Affect of Horror in Pablo Larraín’s Post Mortem.” Del aire al aire: Negotiating Space in Latin America. Ed. Patricia Vilches, Brill Publishers, exp. 2018. In press.
- BOOK CHAPTER: “Andrés Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven and the Ethics of Latin American Melodrama.” Mapping Violeta Parra’s Cultural Landscapes. Ed. Patricia Vilches, Palgrave McMillan, 2017. pp. 89-102.
- CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Masculinity and Crisis in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” XVIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica (CILH). San Sebastián, Spain. July 6-8, 2016.
- GRANT: Inclusive Pedagogies. Mellon Foundation. 2018-19.
- GRANT: “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and Culture.” Wisconsin Humanities Council. 2015.
- JOURNAL VOLUME: “Studies on Contemporary Latin American Cinema. [Estudios de cine latinoamericano actual.]” Revista Internacional d’Humanitats (RIH), 29 (Dec 2013).
- ARTICLE: “Body, Gaze and Gender in Claudia Llosa’s Film The Milk of Sorrow. [Cuerpo, mirada y género en le película La teta asustada de Claudia Llosa.]” Revista Internacional d’Humanitats (RIH), 29 (Dec 2013). pp. 53-62.
- BOOK CHAPTER: “Body, Transition and Nation in Eduardo Mendicutti’s Anyone Can Have a Bad Night” Una ética de la libertad: La narrativa de Eduardo Mendicutti. Ed. José Jurado Morales, Visor, 2012. pp. 83-96.
- GRANT: ACM Grant, Introducing Change: Introductory Courses and the Nature of Faculty Work. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2013-2014. Project: “Introducing Change in Intermediate Spanish Courses at Lawrence.”
A SELECTION OF COURSES AND INDEPENDENT STUDIES
- Global Exchanges in Latin American and Spanish Film
- Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America
- The (En)Gendering of Modern Spain: Gender and National Narratives from Romanticism to the Avant-garde
- Gender, Politics and Current Events in Spain
- Spanish Cinema of the “Dictablanda”
- Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Chilean Media
- The Cinema Of Disillusionment in Colombia
- Globalization in Spanish and Latin American Film
- The Films of Pedro Almodóvar
- The Spanish Horror Film
- Jorge Luis Borges
- The Fantastic in Jorge Luis Borges’ Fictions
- Federico García Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York
- Women and the Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film
- The Theatre of Antonio Buero Vallejo