Dr. Douglas Benson

Dr. Douglas Benson

Professor of Spanish

bensonml@ksu.edu
Eisenhower Hall 006
(785) 532-1926

Dissertation

"The Poetry of Dámaso Alonso: A Formalist Approach." (Dissertation Director: Gary Brower.)

Research

20th Century Spanish and Chicano Poetry; teaching culture and literature in language classes.  Current projects:  "Language Acquisition/Culture Acquisition/Literature Acquisition: A Model for the Integration of Lower-Level Spanish Classes"; book project "Reading Angel González: Twenty Poems".

Selected Publications

"Hearing Voices:  Transtextuality and Heteroglossia in Gloria Fuertes's Mujer de verso en pecho (1995).  Margaret Persin, ed.  In the words of Gloria Fuertes.  Bucknell University Press, 2008.

“Poliglosia, transtextuaulidad e hipertextualidad en la poesía de Ernestina de Champourcin.”  Ernestina de Champourcin: vida y obra.  Joy Landeira, ed. Una rosa para Ernestita:  Ensayos en conmemoración del centenario de Ernestina de Champourcin.  Ferrol (Spain):  Sociedad de Cultura Valle-Inclán, 2006.  107-121.

“Gloria Fuertes’ Last Words: Mujer de verso en pecho (1995)”Invited essay as part of the collection Contemporary Spanish Poetry: The Word and the World in honor of Andrew P. Debicki, sponsored by UCLA and Washington & Lee University.  Eds. Cecile West-Settle and Sylvia Sherno, eds.  Fairleigh Dickinson UP/Associated University Presses, 2005.

“Language Acquisition, Culture Acquisition, Literature Acquisition: An Integrated Textual Approach to Beginning and Intermediate Classes.”  CSC Report Spring 2002: 73-89.  (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

“Language Acquisition, Culture Acquisition, Literature Acquisition: An Integrated Approach to Language Learning.”  Kansas Foreign Language Association Bulletin Spring 2001:  15-21.

"La voz inconfundible de Gloria Fuertes, 1918-1998: poesía temprana.  "Hispania 83 (May 2000): 210-221.

"Tres calillas en la posmodernidad y la poesía española de la posguerra."  Siglo XX/20th Century 12 (1994):  69-85.

"Heteroglossia en la poesía de Angel González."  Critical Essays on the Literatures of Spain and Spanish-America.  Anejo de Anales de la literatura española contemporánea.  Boulder:  Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, 1992.  11-18.

"Las voces de Angel González."  Invited lead article for En Homenaje a Angel González:  Ensayos, Entrevista Y Poemas. Eds. Andrew P. Debicki and Sharon Keefe Ugalde.  Boulder:  Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, 1992.  7-23.

"El amor contra la nada:  Pedro Salinas, Francisco Brines y la tradición clásica española."  Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 15 (1990): 1-18.

"La oralidad y el contexto cultural en la poesía de Jaime Gil de Biedma." Anales de literatura española (Universidad de Alicante) 6 (1988): 45-67.

"Intuitions of a World in Transition:  the New Mexican Poetry of Leroy V. Quintana." Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe 12 (1987):  62-80.   A Spanish version of this article was selected for the volume Chicano Literature and Cultural Identity: Working Papers.  Santa Barbara:  The University of California Center for Chicano Studies, 1987.  47-92.

"Inner and Outer Realities of Chicano Life:  the New Mexican Perspective of Leroy V. Quintana." Perspectives on Contemporary Literature 12 (1986): 20-28.

"La mar y el Prado:  compenetración y hablante en la poesía de Alberti." Siglo XX/20th Century 3 (1985-86): 5-11.

"Convenciones de lenguaje y alusiones literarias en la poesía de Francisco Brines: Insistencias en Luzbel."  Hispania 69 (1986): 1-11.

"Criticism on Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry:  Tradition and Trend." Siglo XX/20th Century 1.2 (Spring 1984): 1-3.

Courses Taught

Spanish 1 to graduate courses in literature, culture and pedagogy.

Recently: Spanish Composition & Grammar, Advanced Spanish Conversation, Structure of the Spanish Language, Hispanic Readings, Introduction to Literature in Spanish, Literature of Spain, Spanish Civilization, Spanish for Professions, Spanish Poetry, Twentieth Century Spanish Literature, Spanish and Spanish-American Culture and Literature in Second Language Learning.

Academic Interests

Spanish poetry, Chicano poetry, 20th Century Spanish literature, literary theory, academic diversity; study abroad; Spanish and Spanish-American music; service learning (international community service); language acquisition theory applied to culture and literature as well as language.