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2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Literature and Languages

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Sophia P. Andres, PhD
Chair of the Department of Literature and Languages
Professor of English

Sophia Andres is Professor of English, Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she teaches Romantic literature, Victorian literature and art, Literature and Mythology, as well as modern and postmodern British fiction. She is the recipient of the 2008 Minnie Stevens Piper Award for Outstanding Academic and Scholarly Achievement, the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, the President’s Outstanding Research Award and most recently th UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award.  She is also a member of teh UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  Her work has appeared in several journals and books including the following: ELH, Journal of Narrative Technique, Journal of Narrative Theory, Victorians Institute Journal, Victorian Newsletter, Clio, George EliotGeorge Henry Lewes Studies, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Her recent book, The Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel: Narrative Challenges to Visual Gendered Boundaries (2005), was published by Ohio State University Press and was awarded the 2006 South Central Modern Language Association Book Award. Her book Poetry in Pre-Raphaelite Paintings: Transcending Boundaries will be published this year (2017) by Peter Lang.

Mark Wildermuth, PhD
Professor of English

Dr. Wildermuth is the Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professor fo English II. He is widely known for his interest in film as literature His book Blood in the Moonlight: Michael Mann and Information Age Cinema was published by McFarland Performing Arts Publications in 2005, and his book Print, Chaos and Complexity: Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Media Culture was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2008.  His research has been published in Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, The Age of Johnson, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television.

Administered by the Department of Literature and Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The goals of the English program include the following: first, to help students develop their ability to read and write critically; second, to provide them with a knowledge about the major periods, movements, and genres in British and American literature; third, to enhance their awareness of the cultural contexts of literary texts. Students pursuing an English major or minor will receive training in analytical and imaginative reading, in the analysis of literary and non-literary works and in the professional skills involved in writing, rhetoric, and the analysis of all types of written language. Courses at all levels will give serious attention to the literary voices traditionally excluded from or marginalized within the British and American literary canon.


Perla Ábrego, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of the Spanish Undergraduate Program

Perla Ábrego has a B.A. degree in Education with a specialization in Spanish American literature and Spanish linguistics; M.A. degrees in Spanish American literature from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico, and in Colombian literature from Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American literature and studies from Vanderbilt University. Her teaching and research interests are border literature and studies, contemporary Mexican and Latin American literature, Spanish linguistics, oral and literate practices in border regions, and films, television and media studies.

Antonio Moreno, PhD
Assistant Professor and Head of the Graduate Program

Antonio Moreno, Assistant Professor of Spanish: BA in Mass Communication and Journalism, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH); MFA in Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso; PhD in Latin American Literature, University of Kansas. Moreno’s main area of teaching and research is contemporary Latin American literature, with a special emphasis on Mexican prose, films, and popular culture. Before joining the faculty at UTPB he taught at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina (2008-2013). Moreno edited, with Martín Camps, a series of critical essays about the writings of contemporary Mexican author Luis Arturo Ramos: Acercamientos a la narrativa de Luis Arturo Ramos (UACJ, 2006). From 2000 to 2008 Moreno worked in the publishing house of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez as co-editor of the book series In Extenso. In addition to editing, he was also responsible for evaluating manuscripts in Mexican and border literature. His first book of essays Deseos de comunidad: el personaje intersticial en la novela y el cine de los noventa en Mexico is slated to be published by Ediciones Eón (2015). In his project, Moreno proposes an analysis of the interstitial character from a literary and cultural studies perspective; this approach allows him to establish a theoretical framework through which to observe a cultural and social discomfort during the age of globalization in Mexico. Furthermore, he is the editor, contributor and author of the epilogue of the book Road to Ciudad Juárez. Crónicas y relatos de frontera (Samsara, 2014). Also, Moreno has contributed, in a variety of Mexican publications, several book reviews and short articles about recent Mexican literature. As a creative writer, some of his short stories have been published in journals, the cultural press, the online Journal, as well as in an anthology of contemporary Mexican short stories (Novísimos cuentos de la República Mexicana, 2004). Moreno has created a Latin American Film Club and has founded a Latin American Writers Series; and finally, he organizing and recruiting students for Study Abroad Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Moreno is fan of Real Madrid and FC Bayern München football teams. He cooks delicious tacos and spicy sauces on weekends; and he likes to explore amusement parks with their children on holidays.

Administered by the Department of Literature and Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Spanish major provides students with an opportunity to obtain the ability to communicate in Spanish and an understanding of the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Because it shares the Hispanic heritage of Texas and lies in close proximity to Latin American countries, U. T. Permian Basin offers the student of Spanish unique learning and cultural experiences as well as scores of career possibilities and opportunities. West Texas offers a living language and a cultural laboratory in which to study and work. The Spanish major can be elected by students wishing to pursue careers in business, education, science, social services, and translation.

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