Faculty Profile

Mariana Past

Associate Professor of Spanish (2006), Department Chair

Contact Information

pastm@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 10M
717.245.1833

Bio

Twentieth-century Spanish and Francophone Caribbean literature is her area of concentration, and her current projects focus on Haitian-Dominican relations and representations of the Haitian Revolution in both literary and historical texts written in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. Her interests also include questions of migration/exile in Caribbean literature and influence vs. imitation in Latin American literature.

Education

  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • M.A., Duke University, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2006

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never taken Spanish previously. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and listening comprehension development. Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish and permission of department.

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
This course is designed for students who have never taken Spanish previously. The course focuses on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and listening comprehension development. Prerequisite: No prior study of Spanish and permission of department.

SPAN 104 Elementary Spanish

SPAN 116 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 104. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 104, 108, or placement by department.

Spring 2015

SPAN 305 Intro Literary Analysis/Theory
This course introduces students to different methods of reading and analyzing literary and non-literary texts. These may include - among others-formalist, psychoanalytic, feminist, semiotic, and postructuralist approaches. Students will read both primary texts and theoretical studies, and they will be required to analyze texts themselves. Prerequisite: 231. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.