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Willem, Linda

Professor - Spanish
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures


Jordan Hall - 374D


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Cinema and Literature of Spain, with a focus on the films of Carlos Saura and Pedro Almodóvar, the novels of Benito Perez Galdós, and the short stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Books: Editor, Náufragas y otros cuentos de Pardo Bazán (Newark DE: Cervantes & Co., 2010).; Editor, Doña Perfecta by Benito Pérez Galdós (Newark DE: Cervantes & Co., 2004); second ed. 2005; Editor, Carlos Saura: Interviews (Jackson: U of Mississippi Press, 2003); Galdós's Segunda Manera: Rhetorical Strategies and Affective Response, North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures 260 (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 1998); Editor, A Sesquicentennial Tribute to Galdós 1843/1993 (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1993.

Articles: “Revolutionizing La Regenta: Parodic Transformation and Cinematic Innovation in Oviedo Express,” forthcoming in Hispania; “The Story Not Told: Sex and marriage in Pardo Bazán's 'Los cirineos' and 'La argolla', Hispania 95.4 (2012): 587-95;“High Fidelity: Scoring the Text in TV’s La Regenta.” Studies in Honor of Vernon Chamberlin (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011) 277-92; “Fernando Fernán Gómez,” World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia, vol 1 (Santa Barbara, Denver, Oxford: ABC-ÇLIO, 2011) 391-92; “Saura and Storaro: A Professional Friendship,” [interview with Carlos Saura], Post Script 29.2 (2010): 111-17; “Televisualizando Arroz y tartana,” Historias de la pequeña pantalla: Representaciones en la televisión de España democrática (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2009) 73-87; “La Africana y Galdós: De La Nación a Fortunata y Jacinta,” Actas del XIII Congreso Internacional Galdosiano (Las Palmas: Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2009) 548-52; “From the Streets to the Screen: The Music of Madrid in Saura’s Deprisa, Deprisa,” Letras Peninsulares 21.1 (2008): 7-17; “The Music of Borgesian Destiny in Saura’s El Sur,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 83 (2006): 957-69; “Tristana,” Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature (Westport, CT: Greenwood P, 2002): 610-12; “Rewriting Rendell: Pedro Almodovar's Carne tremula,” Literature/Film Quarterly 30 (2002): 115-118; “Latent Narratives: Sideshadowing in Fortunata y Jacinta,” Anales Galdosianos. 36 (2001): 299-306“Places in the Mind: Evocative Walks Through Galdos's Madrid,” Letras Peninsulares 13 (2000): 319-28; “Almodóvar on the Verge of Cocteau's La Voix humaine,” Literature/Film Quarterly 26 (1998): 142-47; “Encircling Linearity in Carlos Saura's Peppermint frappé,Romance Languages Annual 10.2 (1998): 859-61; “Text and Intertext: James Whale's Frankenstein in Víctor Erice's El espíritu de la colmena,” Romance Languages Annual 9 (1997): 722-25; “Highlighting the Hidden: Visual Representation in Gutiérrez-Aragón's Demonios en el jardín,” Romance Languages Annual  8 (1996): 678-80; “Metafictional mise en abyme in Saura's Carmen,” Literature/Film Quarterly 24 (1996): 267-73; “Jacinta's 'visita al cuarto estado': The Galley Version,” Anales Galdosianos 31-32 (1996-97): 97-103; “Anticipating Postmodernism in Two Galdosian Fantasies: ‘¿Dónde está mi cabeza?’ and the Final Episodios Nacionales,” A Sesquicentennial Tribute to Galdós 1843/1993 (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1993) 249-60; “Moreno-Isla's Unpublished Scene from the Fortunata y Jacinta Galleys,” Anales Galdosianos 27-28 (1992-93): 179-83; “A Dickensian Interlude in Galdós' Rosalía,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 69 (1992): 239-44; "The Narrative Premise of Galdós's Lo prohibido," Romance Quarterly 38 (1991): 189-96; “The Narrative Voice Presentation of Rosalía de Bringas in Two Galdosian Novels,” Crítica Hispánica 12 (1990): 75-87; “Turning La incógnita into Realidad: Galdós's Metafictional Magic Trick,” MLN 105 (1990): 385-91; “The Narrative Premise of the Dual Ending to Galdós's La Fontana de Oro,” Romance Notes 28.1 (1987): 51-56; “Variations on Engaño and Honra in the Interpolated Novelettes of Guzmán de Alfarache,” Hispanic Journal 8.2 (1987): 7-20; “Narrative Voice, Point of View, and Characterization in Graciliano Ramos's Vidas Sêcas,” Mester 16.1 (1987): 18-28; “Catálogo de los manuscritos de Galdós y de las galeradas de sus obras en la Casa-Museo,” Anales Galdosianos 21 (1986): 247-49; “Folkloric Structure and Narrative Voice in Bécquer's Leyendas,” Mester 13.1 (1984): 55-63.

Translations: “Grab the Fame and Run” (translation of “Toma la fama y corre” by Agnes S. Harguindey) Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews, ed. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi (U of Mississippi P, 2004) 32-39; “Interview with Pedro Almodóvar: The Flower of My Secret” (translation of “Entrevista con Pedro Almodóvar: La Flor de mi secreto,” by Maruja Torres) Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews, ed. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi (U of Mississippi P, 2004) 110-18; “Almost All about Almodóvar” (translation of “Casi Todo sobre mi madre” by Alicia G. Montano) Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews, ed. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi (U of Mississippi P, 2004) 130-38; “The House Guest” (translation of “El huésped” by Amparo Dávila) Latin American Literary Review 18 (1990): 106-10.

Also, over 40 papers presented at National or International Conferences, including Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conventions, Cine-Lit International Conferences on Hispanic Film and Literature, Mid-America Conferences on Hispanic Literature, Kentucky Foreign Language Conferences, Congresos Galdosianos and AIH (Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas), as well as invited lectures at Brown University; Pomona College; University of Puget Sound; University of Kansas; and Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.





Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Teach all levels of Spanish literature, civilization (history, culture, film, art, music), and language.

Founder and on-site director of Butler's Semester-in-Spain Program in Alcalá de Henares (2003, 04, 06, 08, 10, 13)


5/88 - Ph.D., Spanish Languages and Literatures, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA); 5/77 - MA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 8/71 - BS, Spanish and French Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, University of California-Santa Cruz, Topic: Cinematic and Theatrical Adaptation (2014); Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Galdós Scholars (first term 2007-2011, second term 2012-2016); Betty Blades Lofton Chair in Spanish (2006 to present); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Princeton University, Topic: Opera (2002); LAS Teaching Excellence Award (Butler University 2000); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Ohio State, Topic: Rhetorical Theory of Narrative (1995); Namcy N. Wing Award for Outstanding Performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Exams (UCLA 1985); James A. Phillips Award for Outstanding Article Published by a UCLA Student (1985); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, UCLA. Topic: Case History and Fiction (1979)

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Delta Pi, Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Beta Delta 

Memberships: International Association of Galdosian Scholars; International Association of Hispanists; American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese; Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Modern Language Association; Society for the Study of Narrative Literature

Professional Experience
1997-2000 - Head, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures