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Megan DeVirgilis

Megan DeVirgilis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latinx, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Coordinator, World Languages & International Studies

Office: Holmes Hall 311-D

Ph.D. in Spanish (Temple University)
M.A. in Spanish (Temple University)
B.A. in Spanish, Minor in Anthropology (Temple University)

I teach Spanish courses at all levels and am an advisor to Spanish minors. I am also the Coordinator of the Latinx, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program. 

I will be on a research leave funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities from August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022. For any inquiries about the Spanish or LLACS minors, please contact my colleague in Spanish, Dr. Gonzalo Baptista

Teaching and Research Interests
My teaching interests include all levels of Spanish language, Latin American cultural production and civilizations, and translation. My research centers on the relationship between ideology and cultural production, with special focuses on Gothic literature, horror film, and gender studies.

Recent Courses Taught
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 420 Translating & Interpreting Spanish I
SPAN 450 Special Topics: Constructing Gender and National Identities in Latinx Literature and Film

Selected Publications
"Hearth and Home and Horror: Gothic Trappings in Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature." Gothic Studies. Forthcoming. 
"O Father, Where Art Thou? Grief and Cannibal Culture in Somos lo que hay (2010)." Grief in Contemporary Horror Cinema: Screening Loss. Lexington Books. Forthcoming. 
"Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 96.3 (2019): 307-321. 
Translation. "After the End of History: Horror Cinema in Neoliberal Spain (2002-2013)" by Víctor Pueyo. Tracing the Borders of Spanish Horror: Essays on Contemporary Spanish Horror and Television. Routledge, 2017. 141-160
"The Sublime as a Response to Terror: A Study of Empiricism and Transcendence in Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer's 'El monte de las ánimas'." Entrehojas: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 2.1/6 (2012): 1-13.