Judith Garcia-Quismondo Ph.D

 
 
Associate Professor of Spanish with Tenure
Seton Hill Faculty
 
 

Bio

Judith Garcia-Quismondo Garcia has been a teacher since her first educational experiments at 6 years of age with her brother Abraham, one of her earlier victims, and a language lover since her first classes in English in elementary school when she was 10 years old. Meeting her favorite teacher five years later triggered her to study English literature, completed at the University of Seville in 1995, and expand her incursion in languages throughout the years: English, Latin, German, French, Portuguese and especially Italian would become her next pastimes and her way to earn money through tutoring in the summer. The swift from English to Spanish Literature would take effect in 1997 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where, as a Spanish T.A., with lots of free time, she would take additional literature courses in her native language for pure fun. Another inspirational teacher there would encourage her to pursue the Masters Degree, which eventually would be followed by the Ph.D. program, both attained at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, OH. After teaching both languages and literature since 16, she finally reached her dream in 2005 by teaching and sharing her passion for Hispanic culture, language and literature at a personal level in a small-size liberal arts college, Seton Hill University. Handling five and six courses (she loves practicing her Italian) advising students, participating in committees and trying to expand the Spanish program are only possible through the personal joy of liking her work and her students. Moving from a research oriented institution such as OSU to Seton Hill was a well-thought choice for her, who had always felt more inclined towards teaching and interaction with students. Besides her academic responsibilities, she works as a translator and literary reviewer. She completed her collaboration for the World Literature Hispanic Encyclopedia project, after submitting literary entries in English for three years to this Literary Encyclopedia which was published two years ago by the Greenwood Publishing Group.

About

Joined Seton Hill: 2005
Hometown: Córdoba, Spain
Personal Areas of Interest: Reading, Listening to Music (big fan of the 80s, especially British music: Queen, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, etc), Watching films, Listening to Film Soundtracks (I love the ones by master Ennio Morricone, such as Cinema Paradiso, Malena, The Mission, The Untouchables, Once Upon a time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, The Legend of 1900 and so many more), Watching videogames (rather than playing them, especially with masterpieces such as Gears of War, Bioshock or Fallout 3!), Horror and mystery stories (Lovecraft, Poe, Maupassant and all the Sherlock Holmes and Poirot series), Classic Hollywood films from the 40s and 50s, Hot cuisine: Mexican, Thai, Indian, etc., Dogs: I absolutely adore them (especially the big and energetic ones like German shepherds, Golden retrievers and Labs).
Academic Areas of Interest: Spanish "comedia", Golden Age Literature, Spanish Film, Hispanic Film, Medieval Peninsular Literature, Hispanic Women Writing, 19th and 20th centuries Spanish Novel, Contemporary Peninsular Literature, Spanish language, Culture and literature courses, Contemporary political and cultural issues in Spain

Education

  • Ph. D. The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), 2005
  • M.A., The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), 2000
  • Spanish Lecturer at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), 1997
  • Diploma in Italian, University of Seville, 1996
  • B.A., Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla, España), 1995
  • Erasmus Student at The University of Hull (Hull, U.K.), 1994

Publications

  • "La parodia y Enrique Jardiel Poncela." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2012. (2013, Duquesne University).
  • "Crítica en La tournee de Dios por Enrique Jardiel Poncela." Crítica HIspánica. (2012, XXXIV).
  • "Enrique Jardiel Poncela: divina locura." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2010. (2011)
  • "Valentín and the Power of Storytelling." Films with Legs: Crossing Borders with Foreign Language Films. (Cambridge Publishing House, 2011).
  • Reviewer of the book Poetry, Physics, and Painting in Twentieth -Century Spain by Candelas Gala. Pending for publication in Crítica Hispánica.
  • Reviewer of the book Imágenes femeninas en la literatura española y las artes escénicas (siglos XX-XXI) by Francisca Vilches-de Frutos y Pilar Nieva-De La Paz. Pending for publication in Crítica Hispánica.
  • "La imprecisión de los límites en Los enemigos en casa de Lope de Vega." Del Barroco al Neobarroco: realidades y transferencias culturales. (2011, Valladolid, Universitas Castellae).
  • "La Sevilla de Cervantes: de rufianes y de santos." Cuadernos transatlánticos. (2010, ALDEEU, Alcalá de Henares).
  • "Si queréis los mayorees elogios, moríos: contra el encasillamiento de Jardiel Poncela." Hecho teatral No. 10. Ojeadas: la farsa y el teatro español del siglo XX. (2010, Valladolid, Universitas Castellae).
  • El amor más allá de la muerte: Un marido de ida y vuelta y El caso de la mujer asesinadita." Necrofilia y necrofobia: la representación de la muerte en la cultura hispánica. (2010, Valladolid, Universitas Castellae).
  • "La Córdoba andalusí en la nueva novela histórica." Cuadernos transatlánticos. (2009, ALDEEU, Córdoba).
  • "La fiesta del chivo por Mario Vargas Llosa: del texto a la pantalla." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2008. (2010, Duquesne University).
  • Reviewer of the book La narrativa española en la prensa estadounidense, by M. Caballer Dondarza. Crítica Hispánica. (2009, XXXI, II).
  • Reviewer of "La sombra del viento" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Crítica Hispánica. (2009, XXXI, I).
  • Reviewer of the book Antonio García Gutiérrez. El toreador, by editor M. L. Guardiola Tey. Crítica Hispánica. (2009, XXXI, II).
  • "El esclavo negro en las comedias sevillanas de Lope de Vega." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2006-2007. (2008, Duquesne University).
  • "Pero, ¿hubo alguna vez once mil vírgenes?: la defunción de Don Juan" (2008). Comedia, fiesta y orgía en la cultura hispánica. Valladolid: Universitas Castellae.
  • "La mirada del Capitán Alatriste." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2006-2007, II. (2008, Duquesne University).
  • "Visiones espaciales de la Sevilla del Siglo de Oro" (2006). La cultura hispánica en sus cruces trans-atlánticos. (2006, Valladolid: Universitas Castellae).
  • Reviewer of "Love and Law in Cervantes" by Roberto González Echevarría. Crítica Hispánica. (2006, XXVIII, II).
  • Reviewer of "La creación del Fénix. Recepción crítica y formación canónica del teatro de Lope de Vega" by Enrique García Santo-Tomás. Crítica Hispánica. (2003, XXV, II).
  • "El Manuscrito encontrado en Zaragoza: el bazar de los espejos." Monstruosidad y transgresión en la cultura hispánica. (2003, Valladolid: Universitas Castellae).
  • "¡Ay, Carmela! o ¿el poder de la palabra?" Actas de Semiótica de la Universidad a Distancia. (2002, Madrid: UNED). [More Information]

Awards

  • Best Professor of the Year Award: Seton Hill University (2010)
  • Awarded funds from the NCCHS in order to participate at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute Workshop on Studies of the Holocaust, Israel, July 2-19, 2006.

Organizations

  • NCCSH
  • ALDEEU
  • AHCT
  • AASTP
  • ACTFL
  • MLA

Presentations

  • "La parodia en Enrique Jardiel Poncela." Foreign Language Conference of Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), September 2012
  • "Espérame en Siberia, vida mía: parodiando la novela de aventuras." Foreign Language Conference at WVU. Humor and Literature (Morgantown, WV) September 2012
  • "La autoridad desmantelada en Los enemigos en casa de Lope de Vega." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Lexington, KY), April 2010
  • "El indiano en la comedia sevillana del Siglo de Oro." International Congress in Transatlantic Studies. Universidad de Castro Urdiales. (Cantabria, Spain), September 2010.
  • "Don Alfonso, el de la mano horadada: la parodia del deseo." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Lexington, KY) April 2009
  • "Fear and Gaze in La Comunidad by Alex de la Iglesia." Foreign Language Film Conference at Illinois State University (Carbondale, IL), November 2009
  • "Lope de Vega's Lo fingido verdadero: hablar a la española o el arte de los equívocos". KFL (April 17-19, 2008) [More Information]
  • "La Córdoba del Al-Andalus en la novela histórica contemporánea". 28th General Assembly of ALDEEU (July 1-5, 2008)
  • "Guillermo del Toro's El espinazo del diablo and El laberinto del fauno: una de buenos y de muy malos". 32nd Annual Colloquium. WVU (September 11-13, 2008) [More Information]
  • "Alejandro Agresti's El sueño de Valentín: una mirada interior". Foreign Language Film Conference at Louisiana State University (November 13-15, 2008)
  • "Víctor Barrera's Adaptation of Zorrilla's Don Juan Tenorio: Amar y Morir en Sevilla". Thirty-First Annual Colloquium in Literature and Film. WVU (October 4-6, 2007)
  • "Bajo la sombra del Capitán Alatriste". XXIII Congreso de Literaturas Hispánicas. IUP (October 18-21, 2007) [More Information]
  • "El Arenal de Sevilla y sus posibilidades de representación". AATSP International Conference. Salamanca, Spain (June 27-30, 2006)
  • "El ángel exterminador" y "El discreto encanto de la burguesía": el ritual de la repetición. February 26-March 1, 2003. Portland, OR. International Conference Cine-Lit V. [More Information]
  • "Visiones espaciales de la Sevilla del Siglo de Oro." Spanish Golden Age Theatre Symposium (El Paso, TX), March 2004
  • "Masques: a court spectacle." Conference of Comparative Drama (Columbus, OH), March 2002
  • "El tema de Polifemo en las comedias mitológicas de Lope de Vega y Calderón de la Barca." Monstruosidad y transgresión en la cultura hispánica (Valladolid, Spain), July 2000
  • "Sistemas semióticos en El perro del hortelano de Lope de Vega." Congreso internacional de Cine y Literatura (Cine-Lit.) (Portland, OR) March 2000.

Performances

  • Developed the iBook "La influencia de la literatura en la telenovela hispana" for her iCourse for Fall 2013 on La influencia de la literatura en la telenovela.
  • Played Bernarda Alba at the Spanish Club staging of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba, last Spring 2008 [More Information]

Certifications

  • CAP (Certificación de Aptitud Pedagógica) del Ministerio de Educación de España

Achievements

  • Responsible for the creation of a tuition exchange agreement between the University of Cordoba and Seton Hill University with the purpose of studying a semester in Spain while only paying for the tuition at SHU (September 2010)
  • Editor for the Spanish to English translation of Esther Tusquets’s Habíamos ganado la guerra [We Had Won the War] by B. Ichiishi. Peter Lang, 2012. Editor for the Spanish to English translation of Esther Tusquets’s Confesiones de una vieja dama indigna [Confessions of an Old Shameless Lady] by B. Ichiishi. Peter Lang, 2012 Editor for the Spanish to English translation of Esther Tusquets’s Correspondencia Privada [Private Correspondence] by B. Ichiishi. Bucknell University Press, 2008. Editor for the Spanish to English translation of Esther Tusquets’s Siete miradas en un mismo paisaje [Seven Gazes upon a Single Landscape] by B. Ichiishi. Bucknell University Press, 2008.
  • Served as affirmative action representative in three search committees of the Humanities Division, 2006-2011
  • Creator, director and organizer of the M-Term program (month of May) to Córdoba, Spain, which started taking students to Spain for three weeks in May 2009, and has continued in May 2011, and May 2013. Students typically reside with local families, attend Spanish classes, participate in cultural activities and explore the rich history of Andalucía with trips to Granada (the Alhambra) and Seville and organized excursions to the Castle of Almodóvar, palaces, gardens, the ruins of Medina Azahara, the Mosque of Córdoba, the Arab baths, and the Jewish Quarter. Additionally, they will experience the beauty of Córdoba in May with the festival of patios and crosses, tapas, and the Fair of the city. [More Information]
  • Treasurer of the PA Chapter of AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Recipient of the Best Professor of the Year Award at Seton Hill, 2010.