Debra Faszer-McMahon PhD

 
 
Associate Professor of Spanish
Seton Hill Faculty
 
 

Bio

Dr. McMahon is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages. Her most recent book is titled Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain, and she has also published articles in Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture. She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany. She is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those at or beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.

About

Joined Seton Hill: 2007
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Personal Areas of Interest: Traveling, Eating Out, Reading, and Playing with my Nephews!
Academic Areas of Interest: Spanish Language and Literature; Peninsular Poetry and Film; Immigration; Cultural Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., Spanish. University of California, Irvine, 2006
  • M.A.T.L. Spanish. University of Southern Mississippi, Morelia, Mexico, 2001
  • M.A. English. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2000
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 1998
  • B.A. English and Religious Studies. Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS, 1996

Publications

  • “Secrets of Poetic Translation in the Work of Clara Janés: Homage to Adonis in Variables ocultas. Secretos y verdades: Los textos de Clara Janés. London: Peter Lang, 2014. 81-104.
  • “Traducción y migración de textos poéticos en la obra de Clara Janés.” EU-topías 5.1 (July 2013): Universitat de Valencia. http://eu-topias.org [More Information]

  • BOOKS
  • Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain: The Poetry of Clara Janés. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2010. [More Information]

  • ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS
  • “Social Networking, Micro-lending and Translation in the Spanish Service-Learning Classroom.” Special Topics Issue: The Scholarship of Community Engagement. Hispania 96.2 (June 2013). 252-263.
  • “Migration and the Foreign in Contemporary Spanish Poetry: El sueño de Dakhla (Poemas de Umar Abass) (2008) by Manuel Moya. Special Topic: Defining Differences – 20th and 21st Century Spanish Poetry. Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature. 36 (Summer 2012). 340-355.
  • “Cultural Contact through Musical Poetry in Clara Janés’s Kampa.” Hispania 92.1 (Winter 2009): 25-36.
  • “Women and the Discourse of Underdevelopment in Rosa Chacel’s Memorias de Leticia Valle,” Letras Femeninas (Winter 2007). 13-32.
  • “Poetry and Postmodernism in Almodóvar’s Hable con ella.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea 31.1 (Spring 2006):47-70.
  • “Luther and Interpretation in Marlowe and Goethe’s Faustian Dramas,” Direction Journal 25 (Spring 1996): 3-13.
  • “Culturas translúcidas en la poesía de Clara Janés: El símbolo del caballo en Espacios translúcidos.” La obra poética de Clara Janés. Avila: El Ayuntamiento de Avila, España: Fall 2008. Forthcoming.

  • ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES
  • “Vicente Aleixandre.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 24-26.
  • “Carlos Bousoño.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 124.
  • “Epic Poetry.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 341-344.
  • “Francoism, Fascism and Literature in Spain.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa.
  • “Garcilaso de la Vega.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 420-422.
  • “Benjamín Jarnés.” “Benjamín Jarnés.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 528-529.
  • "National Catholicism.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 666-667.
  • “Pedro Salinas.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 876-877.
  • “José Angel Valente.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 991-992.
  • “Philosophy and Literature in Spain.” World Literature in Spanish. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Greenwood Press, 2011. 767-770.

Awards

  • 2012 : Invited Symposium Address at the University of Texas at Austin: “Traducción y migración de textos poéticos en la obra de Clara Janés.” UT Austin Poetry Symposium: “Extrañeza, Extranjería, Migración: Poéticas para el Siglo XXI.” Austin, October 26-28, 2012. [More Information]
  • 2012: Invited External Reviewer – Program Evaluation: The University of St. Joseph, Hartford Connecticut. Nov. 6-7, 2012.
  • 2011: Seton Hill Student Government Association “Honorary Member of the Month” Award, October 2011. Awarded for support of the goals and activities of SHGA.
  • 2008: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Award Recipient. First-time Presenter, San José, Costa Rica. July 8-11, 2008.
  • 2006: Feministas Unidas Essay Prize for “Women and the Discourse of Underdevelopment in Rosa Chacel’s Memorias de Leticia Valle.” [More Information]
  • 2006: P.E.O. Scholar Award
  • 2005-2006: Regents’ Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine
  • 2005: Spanish Ministry of Culture Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation [More Information]
  • 2005: Research Grant, International Center for Writing and Translation; UCI
  • 2004: Best Program Graduate Student Essay Award, UCI: “El hombre salvaje y el amor ‘civilizador’ en El amante liberal de Cervantes.”
  • 2003-2004: Chancellor’s Fellow, University of California, Irvine.
  • 2003: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: “Critical Approaches to Hispanic Poetry at the Turn of the Century.” Led by Andrew P. Debicki and Jill S. Kuhnheim [More Information]
  • 1995: Pew Younger Scholar, Pew Charitable Trusts, University of Notre Dame.
  • 1992-1996 National Merit Scholar, Tabor College

Organizations

Presentations

  • “Engaging Cultural Texts and Increasing Oral Proficiency via iPad Apps and Web 2.0 Tools.” 66th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Lexington, Kentucky. April 18-20, 2013.
  • “Using iTunesU and iBooks Author to Promote Oral Proficiency in the Modern Language Classroom.” Indiana University of Pennsylvania Spring Methodology Conference. Chestnut Ridge, PA. April 26, 2013.
  • “Traducción y migración de textos poéticos en la obra de Clara Janés.” Poetry Symposium: “Extrañeza, Extranjería, Migración: Poéticas para el Siglo XXI.” University of Texas, Austin. Invited symposium presentation. Austin, Texas. October 26-28, 2012. [More Information]
  • “Trafficking Texts: Crossing the Straits between Africa and Spain.” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL). October 12-14, 2012. Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • “Poemas africanos and the Making/Marketing of Africa in Spanish Poetics.” 65th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Lexington, Kentucky. April 19-22, 2012.
  • “Poetics of Migration in Spain: Um Draiga (2007) and the Voices of Contemporary Saharaui Poetry.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) Annual Convention. Lexington, Kentucky April 13-16, 2011.
  • “Encounters with Sinbad: Poetic Visions of Arab African Others in Miriam Jurado’s La muchacha del mar rojo.” Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 41st Annual Convention. Montreal, Canada, April 7-11, 2010.
  • “Migration and the Foreign in Contemporary Spanish Poetry: El sueño de Dakhla (Poemas de Umar Abass) by Manuel Moya.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, Kentucky, April 16-18, 2009. [More Information]
  • “Approaching Borders through Poetic Translation: The Case of Contemporary Spain.” SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association). San Antonio, TX. November 6-8, 2008.
  • “Service Learning through KIVA Translations in the Intermediate Language Classroom.” AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). San Juan, Costa Rica. July 8-11, 2008.
  • “The Spanish Migration of an Ancient Islamic Legend: Culture and Mutual Being in Diván del ópalo de fuego (O la leyenda de Layla y Machnún).” NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association). Buffalo, New York. April 11-13, 2008.
  • “Bridging the Island of the Self: Cultural Contact in Clara Janés’s Kampa.” Associación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH), Sevilla, Spain, October 24, 2007.
  • “Exploring Signs of Self in Clara Janés’s Espacios translúcidos: Translucent, not Transparent Culture,” University of Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 21st, 2007.
  • “El performance de la raza en And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” LASA 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15-18.
  • “Creating Poetic Space: Poetry in the Films of Saura and Almodovar,” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures, UC Boulder, October 2-4, 2003.
  • “Peripheral Reflections on Postmodernism in Carlos Saura’s Tango,” Red River Conference on World Literature, April 25-27th, 2003.