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Dr. Spyra grew up in a German and Polish speaking home in Upper Silesia, now a region of Poland. She received her MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Silesia, and her PhD in English from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Spyra's research looks at the influence of migration on the language of literature. She has published articles on feminist contestations of cosmopolitanism, multilingualism and transnationalism, most recently in American Book Review, Contemporary Literature and Comparative Literature. She has lectured extensively and internationally: keynote addresses in Allahabad and Iowa City, invited lectures in Stockholm, Melbourne and Providence, and frequent conference presentations in the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Spyra teaches a wide range of courses in Transnational and Postcolonial Literature, Translation and Creative Writing. Her regular course offerings in the English Department include an "Introduction to Prose" that uses images to jumpstart creative writing (EN219), a comparative review of English, Spanish and French-language literary traditions of the Caribbean (EN321, cross-listed with International Studies), classes on gender and migration in literature or film (EN393 or EN394, cross-listed with GWSS), and an advanced seminar in Literary Translation that combines the study of translation theory with a translation workshop (EN422). She also regularly teaches in the First Year Seminar and Global Historical Studies programs.
In her commitment to Global Education, Dr. Spyra twice directed Butler University's Global Adventures in Liberal Arts (GALA) in Europe.