Spanish Faculty Scholarship

Richard Reitsma, PhD, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, received his M.A. from Purdue University, his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His doctoral research focused on issues of gender, sexuality, and race in plantation literature of the American South, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. At Canisius, Richard teaches Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Honors courses. A longtime judge for the Lambda Literary Awards, his current research concentrates on gender and minority representation in literature and film of the American South, U.S. Latinos, and Latin America. Recent research and publications include an examination of messages of diversity and tolerance in children’s animated movies, an exploration of the tensions between sexuality and ethnic identity in Latino film, and “Lethal Latin Lovers: Sex and Death in Latin American Cinema.” Dr. Reitsma directs the study abroad programs in Cuba and Costa Rica. He is currently working on Sexuality, Masculinity, and the State in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Richard is also developing a new project looking at how Buffalo industry profited from slavery in the Caribbean.

Margaret Stefanski, Associate Professor of Spanish, received her M.A. degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Warsaw, Poland and her Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo. Her research focuses on Spanish Peninsular Literature, interdisciplinary connections between verbal and visual arts, and pedagogy of teaching languages. Currently, Dr. Stefanski writes and presents on Spanish and Hispanic short-short fiction or microfiction, which enables her to integrate several aspects of the high/low postmodern culture in her research and teachings. She is also founder and organizer of the annual Polish Film Showcase, under the auspices of the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College. Latest publications include “La minificción y el arte urbano: hacia un encuentro entre géneros” Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), México, 2015, and “Entre invención y descubrimiento: la minificción polaca de Mrożek  y Stachura". In Minificción y nanofilología: Latitudes de la hiperbrevedad, Ed. Ana Rueda, Iberoamericana-Vervuert, Spain. , 2016. Latest conferences include La vida es circo: Estética y estrategias narrativas en Los fenómenos de circo de Ana María Shua, Paper presented at the I Congreso Canario de Minificción, Tenerife, 2015, and “Voces dispersas: El microcuento en los diarios de Edward Stachura”. Paper presented at VIII Congreso International de Minificción at the U of Kentucky. Lexington, KY 10/16-18, 2014.