Phyllis Mitchell, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Spanish
On Faculty since 1993

Phone: (630)752-5798


Ph. D., Spanish Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1971

M.A., Spanish Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1969

Universidad de Madrid, 1968-69 academic year

B.A., 1966, Romance Languages, University Of Oregon Honors College, 1966

Universidad Ibero Americana, Mexico City, summer 1965

Professional and Personal Interests

Books I recommend:

  • Marie Arana, American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote
  • Dulce Chacon, La voz dormida
  • Carmen Laforet, Nada
  • Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Terhan, A Memoir in Books
  • Chris Stewart, Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain

Courses Taught

  • Spanish 101/102 Elementary Spanish
  • Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish 336 Survey of Spanish Literature
  • Spanish 332 Advanced Composition and Grammar
  • Spanish 495 Spanish Senior Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

  • The Comediantes (1992-present)
  • Christianity and Literature (1993-present)
  • National Association of Christian Foreign Language and Literature Faculty NACFLA (1993-present)
  • Sixteenth Century Studies Association (1997-present)
  • Modern Language Association (2006-07)
  • Midwest Modern Language Association


  • Voices of Silence: Contemporary Spanish Women’s Fiction
  • Writing Spain: Literature’s Role in the Creation of a Nation

Papers Published and/or Presented

"Comer caliente: The meaning of food in Un calor tan cercano and La voz dormida." Monographic Review / Revista Monografica, Vol XXI (2005), 146-166. Co authored with Christine Kepner.

Preparing Students to Encounter the Other: Mario Vargas Llosas's Lituma en los Andes, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, Spring 05.

Opciones para la vida: A Manual for Intermediate Spanish.

“When Sacred and Secular Intersect: Calderón’s El pintor de su deshonra, Comedia and Auto,” Bulletin of the Commediantes, Vol. 48 No. 2, (Winter 1996).

“Painting as Metaphor: Calderón’s El pintor de su deshonra, Comedia and Auto,” Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, 1996; also accepted for publication in Romance Language Annual 1996, Vol. 8.

“The Reel Agianst the Real: Cinema in the Novels of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Manuel Puig,” Latin American Literary Review, VI (1977): 22-29.

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