Office: Chambers 3270
Box 7065, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035-7065
B.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor Angela Willis teaches a wide variety of courses in which she shares her enthusiasm for Hispanic cultures and the Spanish language. Professor Willis's research interests are comparative in nature. She is fascinated by the interstices of transgressive writing and sexualities, in the underdogs and rebels of literature, and in writing as a means of escape and survival, as evidenced, for example, in the picaresque novel. The majority of her scholarship centers on transatlantic, transtemporal tendencies and intertextualities; of particular interest to Professor Willis is the writing of the late Cuban homosexual dissident, Reinaldo Arenas. In her scholarship, she emphasizes literary continuities, the re-writing of Early Modern Spanish texts in the post-modern era, being a dominant theme.
In her teaching, she strives to expose her students not only to literatures and language, but also, to unique times, places, peoples, and arts. Sharing her passion for early modern literature with a wider campus audience, she has also organized numerous boisterous reading marathons of Don Quijote de la Mancha.
Courses Taught at Davidson College
Spanish 102: Basic Spanish (2nd Semester)
Spanish 201: Intermediate Spanish (3rd Semester)
Spanish 260: Composition and Conversation
Spanish 270: Survey of Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Survey of Treasures of Spain's Medieval and Golden Age(s)
Don Quijote de la Mancha
El teatro del Siglo de Oro
Literature of Survival: The Spanish Picaresque Novel
In 2005, Professor Willis was awarded the Sturgis Leavitt Award of SECOLAS (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) for Best Article Published by Members in 2005. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and SECOLAS (Southeastern Countil on Latin American Studies), and AILCFH (Asciación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica."
Professor Willis's short cv*
*Complete CV upon request