Phone: +1 (920) 832-6682
Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of Advising
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 tenured associate professor of Spanish at Lawrence University, where she teachers language and culture, literature, film, Latin American studies, and gender studies. She received the Young Teacher Award in 2005 and the University Award for Excellence in Advising in 2014.
Publications and research include a book on the portrayal of Catalan nationalism in the late 20th century Spanish novel, and journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations on Spanish and Latin American fiction and film.
Since 2012, Tapia directs the Lawrence University Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, a unique annual event in northeastern Wisconsin. LULASFF features the best Spanish-speaking films of the season and events with award-winning filmmakers (Juan Andrés Arango, Rubén Mendoza, Adrián Saba, Moisés Sepúlveda, Solveig Hoojesteijn, Brionne Davis) and renowned intellectuals (Walter Mignolo, Paul Julian Smith, Sophia McClennen, 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.
RECENT SCHOLARSHIP (2013-2016):
- BOOK CHAPTER: “The Production and Consumption Spaces Of Latin American Cinema.” Part of an interdisciplinary volume on spaces in Latin American culture (Sussex Academic Press). In progress.
- BOOK CHAPTER: “Andrés Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven and the Ethics of Latin American Melodrama.” Part of an interdisciplinary volume on Violeta Parra (Palgrave McMillan). In progress.
- CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Masculinity and Crisis in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” XVIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica (CILH). San Sebastián, Spain. July 6-8, 2016.
- GRANT. “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and Culture.” Wisconsin Humanities Council. 2015.
- EDITOR OF JOURNAL DOSSIER: “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). 53-62
- BOOK CHAPTER: “Body, Transition and Nation in Eduardo Mendicutti’s Anyone Can Have a Bad Night” IN Una ética de la libertad: La narrativa de Eduardo Mendicutti. José Jurado Morales (ed.). Visor Libros, Biblioteca Filológica Hispana, Madrid 2012.
- 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.”
RECENT 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
- Introduction to Hispanic Film
- Introduction to Gender Studies
- 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