Our Faculty

José Ignacio Alvarez-Fernández

Chair, Department of Modern Languages; Associate Professor of Modern Languages


Contact Information

617-498-7721


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 469

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; by appointment also

Education

Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Bio

I was born in Gijón, a lively coastal city in the green and mountainous region of Asturias in northern Spain, very different from Illinois and Michigan, the two states where I pursued my undergraduate and graduate studies.  The study of narrative texts and its relation to other disciplines has always been a passion for me.  Graduate studies in United States offered me the opportunity to begin making a career of this passion.  With the teaching assistantship I was granted while doing my MA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came the intensive training that provided me with a solid foundation in second language acquisition and the teaching of foreign languages.  But, most importantly, the teaching of language and culture, the contact with students, and the intellectual challenges of the university environment provided me with a new and rich experience at the professional and personal level as well as the realization that teaching would play a vital role in my professional life.

I continued teaching Spanish language courses while completing my Ph. D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University.  During that time, I also worked as Assistant to the Director of the Taos Institute for Language Teachers in New Mexico, where I had the opportunity to participate in the design and development of language teaching materials.  For three years, I also assisted the Director of Michigan State University's Language, Literature and Culture Summer Program in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain), where I collaborated in the preparation of cultural trips and activities, and tutoring and counseling service for the students.  These experiences added an additional dimension to my professional training, making me more aware of students' need in a variety of learning context.  This past experience in study abroad programs has also helped me considerably and was part and parcel of the successes of the Emmanuel study abroad at the University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain), a program I organized and directed in 2009.

In 2000, I moved to the Boston area with my wife and our newborn daughter, Mariel.  Today, Mariel is almost thirteen, and we have a new addition to the family, Lucas, who is eight years old.

Before joining Emmanuel Modern Language Department in 2007, I taught and worked as teaching supervisor and course coordinator at the Romance Language and Literatures Department at Harvard University (2004-2007), and at Boston University (2002-2004).   As such, I have to supervise graduate students and teaching fellows.  The job was very demanding but it also provided me with an opportunity for professional growth and  productive context to interact and collaborate with a teaching team, providing the opportunity for us to benefit from other's point of view and to improve our teaching by continuously reconsidering our assumptions about our practices.


What I Love About Emmanuel:

There are many good things that made Emmanuel College a lovely place to work and grow professionally and personally.   I have been for many years working at big universities in which the personal touch is almost lost in the anonymity of the big campuses and scores of students.  In this respect, Emmanuel College is very special.   What I Love about Emmanuel is the fact that I know almost all my colleagues and many of the students that I know personally and can talk with administrators about different professional issues, something very difficult in the big universities. The environment at Emmanuel is also very collegial, the city is fantastic, and students really appreciate that we are dedicated to them, to their learning and future success.  

Courses I Teach

  • Beginning Spanish I & II
  • Spanish Conversation & Composition I & II
  • Intermediate Spanish II
  • Modern Hispanic Drama
  • Hispanic Culture and Language Through Film
  • Approaches to Hispanic Literature
  • Senior Seminar
  • The Art of Spain
  • Great Figures of Spanish Literature
  • Contemporary Spanish Novel

Other coures taught:

  • Contemporary Spanish Novel
  • Spain: A Cultural Approach


Publications + Presentations

Franco's Prisoner: Anarchists in the Struggle Against the Dictatorship

Miguel Garcia García (Author), Edited and annotated by José Ignacio Álvarez FernándezStuart Christie (Introduction). 1st Ed. ChristieBooks, April 2012.  Kindle Edition for USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy and, Spain (2012) [Updated, reprinted edition of the 1972 edition of Garcia's testimony. Includes additional writings of Garcia (edited by Alvarez Fernandez), plus photographic documentary based on extensive research.]  A hard copy edition will be available at the end of 2013.


Franco's Prisoner: Anarchists in the Struggle Against the Dictatorship

Miguel Garcia García (Author), Edited and annotated by José Ignacio Álvarez FernándezStuart Christie (Introduction). 1st Ed. ChristieBooks, April 2012.  Kindle Edition for USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy and, Spain (2012) [Updated, reprinted edition of the 1972 edition of Garcia's testimony. Includes additional writings of Garcia (edited by Alvarez Fernandez), plus photographic documentary based on extensive research.]  A hard copy edition will be available at the end of 2013.


Memoria y trauma en los testimonios de la represión franquista/Memory and Trauma in Franco's Political Prisoner Testimonies

Barcelona, Anthropos Editorial, 2007.


La littérature esoagnole et les camps français d'internament (de 1939 à nos jours)

"De campo en campo: lugares de memoria y trauma en la literatura concentracionaria de la diáspora republicana/From Camp to Camp: Lieux de Mémoire in the Concentration Camp Literature of Spanish Republican Diaspora in France."

In La littérature espagnole et les camps français d'internament (de 1939 à nos jours). Actes du colloque international "70 Años después." Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, 2010: 291-304.


España: ¿Laberinto de Exilios?

Ed. Sandra Barriales-Bouche; July 2005. Juan de La Cuesta Hispanic Monographs
Los "lugares de la memoria" en los testimonios de la represión franquista


Significant Publications:

  • Diccionario Bio-bibliográfico de los escritores, editoriales y revistas del exilio republicano español de 1939 [Bio-Bibliographic Dictionary of Writers, Publishing Houses, and Journals of the Spanish Literary Exile of 1939. IV Volumes]. Editorial Renacimiento, Sevilla (Spain) 2017. 
  • Memoria y trauma en los testimonios de la represión franquista/Memory and Trauma in Franco's Political Prisoner Testimonies. Barcelona, Anthropos Editorial, 2007.
  • (Translation and Edition) Miguel García. Prisionero de Franco: Los Anarquistas en la lucha contra la dictadura/Franco's Prisoner. Barcelona, Anthropos, 2010.
  • Franco's Prisoner.  Anarchists in the Struggle Against the Dictatorship. Miguel Garcia García (Author), Edited and annotated by José Ignacio Álvarez Fernández. Stuart Christie (Introduction). 1st Ed. ChristieBooks, April 2012.  Kindle Edition for USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy and, Spain (2012). [Updated, reprinted edition of the 1972 edition of Garcia's testimony.  Includes additional writings of Garcia (edited by Alvarez Fernandez), plus photographic documentary based on extensive research.]  A hard copy edition will be available at then end of 2013.

Works in Progress:

  • Edition and Introduction of Voices Lecture Series.
  • Approaches to Iberian Cultural Studies, Alvarez Fernandez (editor), a collections of fourteen essays in which I participate with and article and the introduction.
  • New Edition and Preface of El Crimen de Cuenda, a novel by Alicio Garcitoral.  To be publish by Editorial Renacimiento, Sevilla, Spain.
  • Rescatados del olvido/Save from Oblivion, an edition of letters written by Spanish political prisoners in death row. These are the last letters sent to their families before been executed.

Recent Articles:

  • "La poesía testimonial de Celso Amieva."  Rumbos del hispanismo en el umbral del Cincuentenario de la AIH, Vol. V. Eds.  Silvestre, Laura, Loretta Frattale and Mateo Lefevre.  Rome, Il Bagatto Editores, Università di Roma (2012):  167-174.
  • "Celso Amieva", "Tomás Alvarez Angulo", "Agustín Arguelles Manso", "Luis Amador Sanchez", and "Santiago de Arisnea Lecea." Forthcoming in Diccionario biobibliográfico del exilio literario español de 1939/The Spanish Literary Exile of 1939. A Bio-bibliographic Dictionary. Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (AUB), Barcelona, Spain.
  • "Fe de vida de un exilio: Alicio Garcitoral en Boston/News of an Exile: Alicio Garcitoral in Boston." In Actas del Congreso Internacional Sesenta años después. El exilio literario español de 1939/Sixty Years After. The Spanish Literary Exile of 1939. Eds. Antonio Fernández Insuela et all, Oviedo, Spain, KRK Ediciones, 2010: 95-113.
  • "De campo en campo: lugares de memoria y trauma en la literatura concentracionaria de la diáspora republicana/From Camp to Camp: Lieux de Mémoire in the Concentration Camp Literature of Spanish Republican Diaspora in France." In La littérature esoagnole et les camps français d'internament (de 1939 à nos jours). Actes du colloque international "70 Años después." Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, 2010: 291-304.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Gerardo Piña Rosales, Desde esta cámara oscura.  Nostrum, 2006.  Letras Penininsulares, 21.1, Monographic Issue, Spring 2008-Spring 2009, 176-178.
  • Review of Sergio Tischler Visquerra.  Memoria, tiempo y sujeto.  F&G Editores, 2005.  In The Latin Americanist.  University of Central Florida.  Vol. 50, Issue 1, Fall 2006.

Recent and Upcoming Conferences:

  • "Violencia y represión en la literatura testimonial española y argentina/Violence and Opression in the Spanish and Argentinian Literature."  To be deliver at the special session in Transatlantic Perspective on 20th-century Dictatorships in Spain and Latin America. The 111th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA).  San Diego, California, Nov. 1-3, 2013.
  • "Memoria histórica, infancia y guerra en Lunas del Caribe de Luis Mateo Diez."  The XLVIIth International Conference of the European Teachers Association of Spanish AEPE, July 23-27, Gijon (Asturias), Spain, 2012.
  • "La novelistica de Alicio Garcitoral."  The XXXII International Conference of Spanish Professional in America ALDEEU, July 2-4, Cadiz, Spain, 2012.
  • "Historia, memoria e infancia en la narrativa de Luis Mateo Díez/History, Memory and Childhood in Luis Mateo Díez's Narrative." To be deliver at Dialogos Trasatlanticos. II Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Españolas Contemporáneas, Universidad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 3-5, 2011.
  • "Grammar in Context: Using Songs in the Spanish Classroom."   Massachusetts Foreign Language Association Conference, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, October 27-29, 2011.
  • "La poesía testimonial de Celso Amieva/The Testimonial Poetry of Celso Amieva." The XVII Meeting of the International Association of Hispanist, Sapienza, Università di Roma, Rome, Italy, July 19-24, 2010.

Invited Speaker and Other Professional Activities:

  • Preside over the table "The Spanish Civil War in the Spanish Curriculum." The 128th Modern Language Association MLAAnnual Convention Conference, January 4-6, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013.
  • "Memoria y nostalgia en Días del desván de Luis Mateo Díez/Memory and Nostalgia in Days of Memory by Luis Mateo Díez."  The II Intercontinental Congress of Spanish Professional in America ALDEEU, April 22-24, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix/Glendale, Arizona, 2010.
  • "De campo en campo:  Lugares de memoria y trauma en la literatura concentracionaria de la diáspora republican/From Camp to Camp:  Lieux of Mémoire in the Concentration Camp Literature of Spanish Republican Diaspora in France." Colloque International: 70 ans apres la literature espagnole et les camps français d'internament (1939-1945), February 12-14, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Nanterre, Paris, France, 2009.
  • "El exilio bostoniano de un asturiano:  Alicio Garcitoral/ Alicio Garcitoral, an Asturian Author Exiled in Boston."  International Meeting of "Setenta Años después.  El exilio literario español de 1939/Seventy Years After.  The Spanish Literary Exile of 1939," November 17-19 , University of Oviedo, Oviedo (Asturias), Spain, 2009.
  • Using the Feature Film La lengua de las mariposas to Teach Culture."  Meeting of Sine Nomine in Boston, November 2, Northeastern University, Boston, 2002.

Services to the College:

  • Planning, organizing and get funding for Voices Lecture Series 2008-2013.
  • With Prof. Petros Vamvakas, planning, and organizing "The Eurozone and the European Crisis: Growing Pains of a Monetary Union," a panel discussion with the consuls of France, Italy, Greece and Spain, Library Lecture Hall, Emmanuel College, Boston, March 26, 2012.
  • Collaborated in the Organization of Dr. Peter Seybold's conference "The Academy as a Corporation."  Thursday, March 22, 2012.
  • Planning, organizing and directed Emmanuel study abroad at the University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, July 6-31, 2009.
  • Planning and Organizing "Diplomacy in Motion, 30 years between Spain and the World, A Personal Account." A lecture given by Mr. Carlos Robles Fraga, Consul of Spain. International Education Week, November 17, Emmanuel College, 2008.
  • Emmanuel College faculty representative at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Meeting, Westin Copley Place 10 Huntington Ave, February 23, 8:00 a.m.-12:00. Boston 2008.
  • Risk Management Workshop for Faculty Leading Short Term Programs.  Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester.  9:00-5:00 p.m. October 20, 2008.
  • Spanish Language Coordinator 2008.

Emmanuel College Committee Work:

  • Faculty Affairs Committee, Spring 2012, Fall 2012.
  • Senate Committee, Spring 2012.
  • Curriculum Committee, Fall 2012.  Fall 2013-
  • Member Teaching and Learning Conference Planning Committee 2012
  • Faculty Development Committee Fall 2011.
  • Budget Committee 2010-2012 (Chair Spring, Fall 2012)
  • Program Approval Committee (PAC) 2008-2009




Grants + Recognition

Grants:

  • $2000 grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Fall 2013.
  • $500 grant from the Office of the Vice President at Emmanuel College, Fall 2013.
  • $1390 grant from the Spanish Consulate at Boston, Spring 2012
  • $1000 grant from the Office of the Vice President at Emmanuel College, Spring 2012.
  • $1850 grant from the Spanish Consulate at Boston, Fall 2011
  • $2500 grant from the Spanish Consulate at Boston, Spring 2010
  • $1000 grant from the Spanish Consulate at Boston, Spring 2009

Recognition:

  • Harvard University Certificate of Excellence in Teaching: Fall 2004, Spring 2005, and Spring 2006
  • Research Assistant Fund.  Harvard University.  Spring and Fall 2006-2007.  Harvard APSF Child Care Scholarship, 2006.
  • General Book and Library Division of the Spain Ministry of Culture, 2007 and 2010.