Phyllis Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish Emeritus
On Faculty since 1993



Ph. D., Spanish Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1971

M.A., Spanish Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1969

Universidad de Madrid, 1968-69 academic year

B.A., 1966, Romance Languages, University Of Oregon Honors College, 1966

Universidad Ibero Americana, Mexico City, summer 1965

Professional and Personal Interests

Books I recommend:

  • Marie Arana, American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote
  • Dulce Chacon, La voz dormida
  • Carmen Laforet, Nada
  • Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Terhan, A Memoir in Books
  • Chris Stewart, Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain

Courses Taught

  • Spanish 101/102 Elementary Spanish
  • Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish 336 Survey of Spanish Literature
  • Spanish 332 Advanced Composition and Grammar
  • Spanish 495 Spanish Senior Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

  • The Comediantes (1992-present)
  • Christianity and Literature (1993-present)
  • National Association of Christian Foreign Language and Literature Faculty NACFLA (1993-present)
  • Sixteenth Century Studies Association (1997-present)
  • Modern Language Association (2006-07)
  • Midwest Modern Language Association


  • Voices of Silence: Contemporary Spanish Women’s Fiction
  • Writing Spain: Literature’s Role in the Creation of a Nation

Papers Published and/or Presented

"Comer caliente: The meaning of food in Un calor tan cercano and La voz dormida." Monographic Review / Revista Monografica, Vol XXI (2005), 146-166. Co authored with Christine Kepner.

Preparing Students to Encounter the Other: Mario Vargas Llosas's Lituma en los Andes, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, Spring 05.

Opciones para la vida: A Manual for Intermediate Spanish.

“When Sacred and Secular Intersect: Calderón’s El pintor de su deshonra, Comedia and Auto,” Bulletin of the Commediantes, Vol. 48 No. 2, (Winter 1996).

“Painting as Metaphor: Calderón’s El pintor de su deshonra, Comedia and Auto,” Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, 1996; also accepted for publication in Romance Language Annual 1996, Vol. 8.

“The Reel Agianst the Real: Cinema in the Novels of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Manuel Puig,” Latin American Literary Review, VI (1977): 22-29.

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