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Louise Ciallella

Louise Ciallella

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA, New York University
BA, Salve Regina College

After having studied Italian at home, French during elementary and secondary school, and Latin in high school, I started studying Spanish in college while pursuing a major in Psychology. I changed the resulting double major to only Spanish after spending my junior year abroad in Madrid, Spain, where I returned to live after graduating from college. There, I completed a Masters degree in Spanish and worked in international business. After moving definitively back to the States, I discovered I loved to teach, and started a second career in teaching at the university level.


My research on Spanish-language literature and film centers on the representation of gender and class in relation to power. My specific area of specialty is 19th-century Spanish literature, most especially realism and the crisis in Spain at the turn of the nineteenth to the 20th century. Other on-going interests include the effect of dictatorships on literature; women's voices in Spanish-language literary texts; and 'popular' texts and their presence in Spanish-language literature. I am also pleased to teach Business Spanish, from a linguistic / stylistic point of view within cultural contexts, practical applications, and case studies.


Quixotic Modernists: Reading Gender in Tristana, Trigo and Martínez Sierra. Bucknell University Press, 2007.

"Entre nosotras and Otras cosas: Notes on Feminine and Feminist Narrative Discourse in Women's Columns in El Imparcial, 1899-1902." Letras Femeninas (Winter/Invierno 2006).

"Making Emotion Visible: Felipe Trigo and La sed de amar (educación social)." Decimonónica 3:1 (Winter/Invierno 2006).

"The Estranging of Franco's Text and Mourning in El cuarto de atrás." Traces of Contamination. Unearthing The Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse. Edited by H. Rosi Song and Eloy Merino. Bucknell University Press, 2005.

"Teresa Panza's Character Zone and Discourse of Domesticity in Don Quijote." Cervantes XXIII: 2 (Fall 2003).

"Between the Look (la mirada) and the Escape (la fuga): the Imaging of Women in Solanas' La hora de los hornos and Tangos/El exilio de Gardel." Feminist Media Studies 3:3 (Fall 2003).

E-mail Louise Ciallella
Watson Hall 116
(815) 753-6447