Arlyn Sanchez Silva
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages; Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., University of Puerto Rico
Office hours: Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment
Office: Administration Building, Room 470
Phone: (617) 735-9974
Prof. Arlyn Sánchez Silva specializes in contemporary Latin American literature, with an emphasis on Spanish Caribbean literature. She enjoys introducing young adults to the richness of the Spanish language, its literature and culture. Prof. Sánchez Silva seeks to open the minds of her students to diverse ways of living and thinking, and inspire them to become better persons and citizens of the world. She strives to instill an appreciation for great literary texts crafted in different world regions, and to raise awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion. In her free time she enjoys family, good books, world travel and gardening.
Prof. Sánchez Silva's current research focuses on the marginalized voice in the literature of the Spanish Caribbean. She is centering on the topics of race, gender roles, and sexual orientation in the works of Arenas, Ferré, and Santos Febres. Some of the institutions where she has presented papers include the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, University of Cinncinati, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts/Boston.
- LANG 2401-2402 Intermediate Spanish
- LANG 2416 Latin American Peoples and Cultures
- LANG 3417 Spanish American Experience: An Overview
- LANG 3427 Contemporary Spanish American Women Novelists
- LANG 2105 Contemporary Latin American Fiction
- ENGL/LANG 2103 Literary Mirrors: Introduction to World Literature
- LANG 3411 Latin American Literary Giants
- ENGL/LANG 3421 Spanish Caribbean Literature
- LANG 2415 Spanish at Work in the Community
- ENGL 2103 Literary Mirrors: An Introduction to World Literature
- FYS 1101 Changing the World Through Literature
In 2005 Prof. Sánchez Silva received a Ford Foundation NECIT Grant as well as a Jean Yawkey Center Grant. These grants allowed her to research current practices in foreign language teaching and to modernize Emmanuel College's Language Laboratory. In 2003 she was selected from a national applicant pool to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar entitled "The Libro de buen amor in Cultural Context", held at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She received a Letter of Commendation for Distinguished Teaching Performance from Harvard University Extension School in1995.
- La novelística de Manuel Zeno Gandía. San Juan: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1996.
- "Narradores y muralistas de la revolución mexicana: Mariano Azuela y Diego Rivera", Studies in Honor of Enrique Anderson Imbert. Ed. Nancy Abraham Hall and Lanín A. Gyurko. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2003, 419-436.
- "Book Review: La ciudad de las bestias, by Isabel Allende", The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, March 8, 2004, 50.