Michael Colvin

Associate Professor of English and World Literatures

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My research interests include late twentieth-century Latin American narrative, Portuguese fado music, and Iberian film and popular culture produced under fascist dictatorships, and narratives of personal trauma. I’m the author of two books: Las últimas obras de José Donoso: Juegos, roles y rituales en la subversión del poder (Madrid: Pliegos, 2001) and The Reconstruction of Lisbon: Severa’s Legacy and the Fado’s Rewriting of Urban History (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2008). My current research projects include a book, “Fado in Portuguese Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s” (under review) and articles on celebrity and memory in Portuguese popular culture.



Associate Professor of English and World Literatures


English and World Literatures






B.A., Stockton State College
Ph.D., Temple University


In my Hispanic Civilization course, I always take my students to the Hispanic Society of America in Washington Heights right before our mid-term exam so they can see art and artifacts from the Iberian Peninsula from the Punic Wars through the 20th century. After our final exam, I take them to El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem where we see exhibits from Latin America and from Hispanic communities in the United States.