Walter A. Dobrian

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Associate Professor Emeritus
Area: 
Spanish

Walter A. Dobrian is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Spanish poetry 1700-present, 20th-century drama, and Spanish cinema as it relates to literature.

Curriculum Vitae
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-2234

Educational Background

B. A., University of Wisconsin, French, 1952
Diplome, Institut de Phonétique, Paris, 1953
M. A., University of Wisconsin, Spanish, 1957
Ph. D., University of Wisconsin, 1960, Spanish

          Dissertation: "The Novelistic Technique 
                              of Ramón Pérez de Ayala"

Professional History

Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, 1960-62
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, 1962-65
Associate Professor, University of Iowa, 1965 to present

Professional Associations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Areas of Specialization & Research

Spanish poetry from 1700 to present
20th century Spanish drama
Spanish cinema as it relates to literature


Courses Recently Taught at Iowa

35:121 Readings in Spanish Literature and Culture
35:152 Modern Spanish Literature
35:159 Hispanic Fiction to Film
35:161 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
35:263 20th Century Spanish Drama


Scholarship

Published Books

Conversational Spanish (Dodd, Mead, 1966; Harper and Row, 1976), 315 pp.

Spanish Readings for Conversation, co-author with Professor Coleman Jeffers (Houghton Mifflin, 1970), 256 pp.

Español: segundo curso (Random House, 1973), 413 pp.

Poesía española: neoclasicismo y romanticismo (Madrid: Gredos, (1988), 379 pp.  [Reviewed, Hispania, March, 1990.]

Poesía española: posromanticismo (Madrid: Gredos, 1988), 263 pp.

Poesía española: maestros del modernismo (Madrid: Alpuerto, 1996), 437 pp.

Bécquer: sus rimas analizadas (Madrid: Editorial Alpuerto, 1998)253 pages.

García Lorca: su  “Cante jondo” y “Romancero gitano” analizados. (Madrid: Editorial Alpuerto, 2002), 285 pages.

Poesía española: maestros del modernismo  (Madrid: Alpuerto, 1996), 437 pp.
 

Bécquer: sus rimas analizadas
(Madrid: Alpuerto, 1998), 253 pp.

Books in Progress

García Lorca: su “Poeta en Nueva York”, “Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías” y “Sonetos del amor oscuro” analizados.  Completed in draft stage.  Projected publication,  2006.  I was granted a developmental assignment, Spring, 2002, to work on this project.

Poesía española: la generación de 1927.  A continuation of the Poesía española series.  Projected date of publication, 2008.

Published Articles

"Development and Evolution in Pérez de Ayala's Tigre Juan," in Literature and Society (University of Nebraska Press, 1964), pp. 187-201.

"Formal and Rhetorical Consciousness in Antonio Machado," Hispania (September, 1965), pp. 452-455.

"Hacia una nueva apreciación de Samaniego," Explicación de Textos Literarios, 1-2 (1973), 119-123.

"Foreign Languages: The Future is Conditional," Iowa Foreign Language Bulletin, 16 (October, 1973), 9-15.

"Sinfonía en gris mayor," in Antología comentada del modernismo (California State University, 1974), pp. 273-277.

"Computers, Motivation, and the Spanish Verb," Proceedings of 1976 Conference on Computers in the Undergraduate Curricula, CCUC/7 (June 14-16, 1976), 289-292.

"Bibliografía selectiva y comentada de estudios becquerianos, 1960-1980," in collaboration with David Billick, Hispania (May, 1986), pp. 278-302.

"Rubén Darío: su vida vertiginosa y trascendental," in Cien Años de Azul, Congreso Internacional (University of Northern Iowa Print Services, 1992), pp. 29-37

"The Dialog of Genres: Hispanic Literature to Film"  Hispania, March 1993, pp. 140-146.

"Muerto de amor de Lorca:  ¿Un tercer romance Camborio?"  Hispania 84.3:399-405 (2001).  This is the lead article in this issue.

“Bécquer: modelos de intensificación y cierre en sus Rimas”.  Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica  (Logroño, Spain) 27-28 (2001-2002), 7-29.  This is also the lead article in this issue.

“García Lorca: los Sonetos del amor oscuro como expresión culminante de su vida angustiada.”  Hispania, September 2005, pp. 456-467.

Published Review

"The Death of Lorca by Ian Gibson," in Southern Humanities Review, 7 (Fall, 1974), 554-556.

Article accepted for publication

“’Burla de don Pedro a Caballo’; enigma del Romancero gitano.”  Scheduled for publication in Explicación de Textos Literarios, número doble, Vol. 32 ,1 & 2, 2006.

Article nearing completion

García Lorca: tradicionalismo y novedad en sus Sonetos del amor oscuro.

Professional Presentations

"García Lorca's Harlem King: King of What?"  Invited talk, University of Miami, Ohio, March 1987.

"Rubén Darío: su vida vertiginosa y trascendental," Paper delivered at International Conference on Rubén Darío, University of Northern Iowa, November, 1988.

"Manuel Machado: la expresión de su abulia," Paper delivered at College of Wooster Conference, Wooster, Ohio, April 14, 1989.

"Encuentro de dos mundos: el modernismo en España," Delivered at XVII Annual Hispanic Literatures Conference, Indiana University, Indiana, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1992.

Served as section chair and reader of abstracts during "Columbus Centenary: Encounter and Aftermath," Iowa City, October 12-14, 1992.

"Pedro Salinas: función del receptor ecléctico en su poesía otoñal," delivered at Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, October 14-16, 1993.

"Filming Literature in Spain," delivered at West Virginia University's Eighteenth Annual Colloquium on Modern Literature and Film, Morgantown, WV, September 9-11, 1993.

Ay, Carmela!: On Stage and On Film," delivered at Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Kansas, September 8-10, 1994.

Served as chair of session, "Poetry Table," at "Meet the Writers '95" conference, Univ. of Iowa, October 27, 1995.

Published Review of my Scholarship

Eugene Francis del Vecchio.  Review of Poesía española: Neoclasicismo y Romanticismo in Hispania, 73, March, 1990, 95-96.

Evaluator of Publication

Evaluated ms. of proposed article, “Imágenes becquerianas o la lírica entre el dinero y la fotografía” for Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, May, 2003.

Ph. D. Dissertations recently directed successfully

Armando González.  Graduated 12-15-00.  “Subversión en la poesía de Federico García Lorca.”

Luis Morató Lara.  Graduated December, 2001.  “José María Arguedas: la representación andina del espacio en dos novelas fundamentales del siglo XX”.  Co-director with Mario Santizo.

Advising

Have served in past three years as adviser for three successful MA candidates, Eric Picconi, Karla Alvarez, Augustus Machine.

Currently advising MA candidate Corey Rubin.  Also advise 12-15 Undergraduates.

Courses recently taught, student evaluations

Fall 2004  35:159  Hispanic Fiction to Film 
Undergrad Course, 19 students
l. This is a worthwhile course    5.81
2. The instructor is effective    5.90

Fall 2004  35:159  Hispanic Fiction to Film 
Undergrad Course, 19 students
l. This is a worthwhile course    5.81
2. The instructor is effective    5.90

Fall 2004  35:181 Topics in Spanish Literature
García Lorca     15 students
1. This is a worthile course     6.00
2. The instructor is effective   6.00

Fall 2003  35:262 Generation of 1927
Graduate Course    12 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    6.00
2. The instructor is effective     6.00

Fall 2003  35:152 Modern Spanish Lit
Undergrad Course    16 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    5.64
2. The instructor is effective     5.50

Spring 2003  35:363 20th Century Span. Drama
Graduate Course    14 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    6.00
2. The instructor is effective     6.00

Spring 2003  35:161 Masterpieces in Modern Span. Lit.
Undergrad Course    17 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    5.65
2. The instructor is effective     5.89

Fall 2002  35:195 Senior Seminar, García Lorca
Undergrad Course    16 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    5.75
2. The instructor is effective     5.92

Fall 2002  35:159 Hispanic Fiction to Film
Undergrad Course    21 Students
1. This is a worthwhile course    5.89
2. The instructor is effective     5.93

Service

Fall, 2004:  promotion and tenure committee of
Professor Denise Filios.