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Professor Emeritus of Spanish


Ph.D. Cornell, 1974

M.A. Hunter College, NY 1971

Areas of Research: 19th and 20th Century Spanish Drama and Poetry Film and Literature Contemporary Theory


José Manuel Polo de Bernabé was born in Madrid and studied in France as well as Spain, where he pursued a degree in law and in literature. He then moved to the USA and obtained his Ph.D. in Romance Studies and comparative literature from Cornell University. There he took courses with theorists such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Julia Kristeva. He is presently Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative literature at UNC-CH and part of the faculty of the Middlebury Summer School. His research interests cover a variety of fields in 19th and 20th-Century Spanish literature, particularly in drama and poetry, as well as, critical theory and film studies. He has published essays on the theory and practice of the Spanish avantgarde, on poetry, drama, and narrative, and a book on poetry and consciousness in the works of Jorge Guillén. At UNC-CH and Middlebury he has developed courses on literary theory, 19th and 20th century drama and poetry, and film. At present he is working on three projects: 1) Myth and the project of modernity in Spanish literature of the 20s and 30s, 2) the theory of 19th and 20th-century Spanish autobiography, and 3) contemporary theory and its application to Hispanic texts, including film.