Heidi Backes

No picture - large sizeAssistant Professor
Modern and Classical Languages

Academic Interests

19th- and 20th-century Spanish Peninsular literature, focusing on the Gothic and Naturalist movements and their counterparts in England and the United States

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • “La economía del deseo: La ropa, la mujer y el mercado en La de Bringas y Sister Carrie.” Anales Galdosianos 49 (2014): 11–27.  
  • “Espacio físico y clase social: un estudio del discurso naturalista en La Tribuna.” El naturalismo en España: aproximaciones desde una perspectiva actual. Ed. Efraín Garza. Miami: Alexandria Library, 2013. 
  • “Theatricality and Physical Space in Ritos de muerte by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica 27 (2012): 148–165. 
  • “La Bella y la Bestia: el imperialismo y la otredad en El verdadero final de la Bella Durmiente de Ana María Matute.” Pterodáctilo 10.1 (Spring 2011). 
  • “La música y el mito en Los pasos perdidos.” Céfiro 7.1/7.2 (Spring/Fall 2007): 6-21. 

Previous Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Drury University (2012-2016)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2011–2012)

Hometown

South Milwaukee, WI

Hobbies

Travel Crochet Art: drawing, painting, scratchboard

Future Goals and Aspirations

Continue to travel, learn more languages, and inspire my students to do the same!

Life Outside the University

My husband, Tony, also teaches Spanish. We have a 2-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old German Shepherd. We love to go for hikes, and our favorite place in the SGF area is Table Rock Lake.

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