Elizabeth L. Gansen. P.O. Box New Haven, CT 06510

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P.O. Box 208302 New Haven, CT 06510 New Haven, CT 06511 elizabeth.gansen@yale.edu   (475)201-6870 EDUCATION

Ph.D. Spanish literature, Yale University, May 2015

Dissertation title: “Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478-1557): Renaissance Reader and New World Naturalist and Historian.” Advisor: Rolena Adorno. Certificate of College Teaching Preparation, Yale University, November 2014 M.Phil. Spanish literature, Yale University, May 2012

M.A. Spanish literature, Yale University, May 2011

M.S. Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2009

B.A. Comparative and World Literature and Spanish with honors, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 2007

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016, Instructor of Portuguese, Center of Language Studies, Yale University Spring Beginning Portuguese

I teach this on-line course to students at Yale University’s Singapore campus. An introductory class of my own design, it exposes students to basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Portuguese. 2015-16 Instructor of Spanish, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Elementary Spanish (2 sections) Intermediate Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature and Culture

A year-long Spanish-language literature and culture course of my own design (created with AP Board approval). Students become acquainted with all periods of Peninsular and Spanish American literature in preparation for college-level studies. They learn how to critically

approach literary texts in Spanish, as well as other cultural material such as art, music, and film.

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How “Things” Define Us

An introductory college-level writing seminar that I designed. In this course, I explore how we interact with the objects that surround us, and how this material reality is instrumental in defining ourselves as

individuals and in relation to others. Authors include Roland Barthes, Martin Heidegger, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Karl Marx. 2015, Fall Lecturer of Spanish, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

Elementary Spanish (3 sections)

I teach three sections of this language course, designed to expose students to basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. I created the syllabus as well as the daily activities and assessments.

2014-2015, Instructor of Spanish, Yale University Summer Spanish for Reading

A course for graduate students in other disciplines that I designed. In this course, students gain a reading knowledge of Spanish through the

combined study of grammar and readings from Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, and Carmen Laforet.

2013, Spring Teaching Fellow, Yale University

Studies in Latin American Literature II (Professor Roberto González Echevarría)

2013, Spring Portuguese Language Instructor, Yale University

Beginning Portuguese (World Culture and Language After School Studies)

An introductory Portuguese language course of my own design that I taught to a group of area high school students.

2012, Spring Portuguese Language Substitute Instructor, Yale University

Beginning Portuguese (World Culture and Language After School Studies)

2012, Fall Class Assistant, Yale University

Studies in Latin American Literature I (Professor Rolena Adorno) 2012, Fall Instructor of Portuguese, Yale University

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An introductory Portuguese language course of my own design that I taught to graduate students in a variety of disciplines.

2011-2012 Spanish Language Part Time Acting Instructor, Yale University Courses taught: Elementary Spanish I, Fall 2011 Elementary Spanish II, Spring 2012 Intermediate Spanish I, Fall 2012

I created the daily activities and assignments and collaborated in the creation of new exams.

PUBLICATIONS

“Con la garganta abierta: La retórica en la lucha por la Amazonía en Un viejo que leía novelas de amor.” Revista Iberoamericana. Forthcoming.

“Past, Present, and Future: Oviedo’s Changing Approach to Memory in the Sumario and the Historia general.” [Submitted 08/19/15 to Colonial Latin American Review.] “Framing the Indies: The Renaissance Aesthetics of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

(1478-1557)” [Submitted 09/02/15 to the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.] CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Gonzálo Fernández de Oviedo’s (1478-1557) Readings and (Re)interpretations of Pliny the Elder’s Accounts of Greek and Roman Art.” Kentucky Foreign Languages

Conference: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference (KFLC). University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. April 23-25, 2015.

“Pliny’s Historia Naturalis in Oviedo’s writings on the Indies.” On the panel:

“Naturaleza y moral en tres cronistas de Indias. New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS).” Yale University, New Haven, CT. November 3, 2012.

TOPICS OF CURRENT RESEARCH

Book project: [Working title] “Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478-1557): Renaissance Reader and New World Naturalist and Historian.”

Description: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (1478-1557) was the first major historian of Spain’s New World in Castilian. In the study of Oviedo’s life and works, his acquaintance with European Renaissance culture has been largely overlooked, in addition to his non-Indies works such as the Batallas y

Quinquagenas. Here, I attempt to bring together his experience at Spanish and Italian courts with his four decades in the Spanish Antilles. I examine Oviedo’s

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increasing appreciation of the Taíno cultural practice of the areíto, a form of song and dance through which native communities conserved their collective

memories, making it an Antillean ars memoria. I also take into account Oviedo’s personal interactions with Renaissance art and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Alonso Berruguete. Altogether, I argue that Oviedo’s considerations of memory and visual signification are fundamental to his evolving concept of Spanish history in the Indies.

Research articles:

“Agua y libertad poética en las églogas de Garcilaso ”

“European Geographies in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo’s Historia general y natural de las Indias (1535)”

“A máquina do mundo nos Lusíadas (1572) de Luís Vaz de Camões” (In collaboration with Tiago Hermano Breunig of the Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa.) FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship, Yale University, Fall 2013

Yale Summer Session Grant, Yale University, Summer 2010

Granted in order to take “Beginning Latin: The Elements of Grammar” and “Beginning Latin: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings.”

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, Summer 2009

Awarded for the advanced study of Quechua at the Centro Tinku in Cusco, Peru Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2008-2009

Granted for the study of Quechua.

High Distinction for Undergraduate Thesis, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2007

Joseph S. Flores Award, Hispanic Studies, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2006–2007

Olive Chacey Kuehn & Alfred L. Kuehn Scholarship, Department of Comparative & World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2006–2007

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Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Comparative Literature, Department of

Comparative & World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2006–2007

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2006–2015

Study Abroad Scholarship for Academic Studies in Spain, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, IL, 2006

Cohn Scholar, Scott-Elizabeth Scholarship, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL, 2003–2007

Academic Achievement Scholarship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2003–2007

RELATED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Master Class Renaissance Spanish

Paleography, May 13-16, 2014. Instructor: John O’Neil, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Hispanic Society of America, New York.

Portuguese Book Group. Led by Rebeca Morais, University of Georgia. 2014-

Present. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss Brazilian and Portuguese novels and short stories. Authors include Machado de Assis, Aluísio Azevedo, Moacyr Sciliar, Caio Fernando Abreu, and Luis Fernando Veríssimo.

RELATED PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 2015-Present Editor’s Assistant, New Haven, CT

I edit and proofread under the supervision of Dr. Rona Johnston Gordon, an independent editor, proofreader, and indexer.

2014-Present, Volunteer Tutor, New Haven Reads, New Haven, CT 2011-2012

I tutor several area middle school and high students on a weekly basis to improve their reading comprehension and math skills.

2014 Administrator and Organizer. Whitney Humanities Center Working Group: Don Quixote, 400 Years. Yale University.

I organized (along with my co-organizers, Matthew Tanico and Juan Pablo Rodríguez del Castillo) a series of lectures given by faculty and graduate

students to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the second part of Don Quijote. Speakers included Prof. Roberto González Echevarría and

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Frederick A. De Armas.

2011-2012 Student Representative, Portuguese Committee

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University

2007–2009 Residence Hall Library Supervisor, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, IL

I supervised two residence hall libraries and their twelve undergraduate student workers. I designed and implemented social and cultural activities at these libraries and developed and maintained their book and media collections.

2007–2008 Graduate Assistant in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Modern Languages Library, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

I developed and maintained online guides for students interested in learning Spanish and Portuguese (see Spanish Language: A Learner's Guide; Portuguese Language: A Learner's Guide). I answered reference questions and I contributed to collection development.

2006–2008 Subscriptions Supervisor and Script Writer, Nuevos Horizontes, Spanish Radio Programming, Urbana-Champaign, IL

I wrote scripts for the cultural portion of the radio broadcasts, in addition to supervising the financial aspect of the program.

2004-2007 Assistant Coach, University Laboratory High School Girls’ Swim Team, Urbana, IL.

I wrote and implemented swim workouts, taught technique, and advised swimmers at practice and competitions.

LANGUAGE AND SKILLS English: Native speaker Spanish: Near-native

Portuguese: Highly proficient Quechua: Reading knowledge French: Proficient

Latin: Reading knowledge

Familiar with Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Prezi, course management systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Classes*v2/Sakai, online publishing platforms such as WordPress, and online tools such as Google Docs.

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Modern Language Association (MLA)

Northeast Modern Language Association (NECLAS) Sixteenth-Century Society (SCSC)

REFERENCES

Rolena Adorno, Sterling Professor of Spanish

Yale University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New Haven, CT 06502 rolena.adorno@yale.edu, (203) 432-1154

Pilar Asensio, Senior Lector I of Spanish

Yale University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New Haven, CT 06502 pilar.asensio@yale.edu, (203) 432-8067

Diana Beste, Head, Humanities Department Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT 06492 dbeste@choate.edu, (203) 697-2506

Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature Yale University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New Haven, CT 06502

roberto.echevarria@yale.edu, (203) 432-1153 Heather Klemann, Associate Course Director

Yale University, Department of English, New Haven, CT 06520 Heather.klemann@yale.edu, (203) 858-0542

Noël Valis, Professor of Spanish

Yale University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New Haven, CT 06502 noel.valis@yale.edu,  (203) 432-1155  

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