Marymount Manhattan

Michael Colvin

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Associate Professor of English and World Literatures


English and World Literatures





B.A. Literature and Language, Stockton State College
Ph.D. Spanish and Portuguese, Temple University


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.


I enjoy teaching language, literature, and culture of the Luso-Hispanic world. This year, I am teaching:

Hispanic Civilization (SPAN 315)

Hispanic Film (SPAN 398)

Writing in the Liberal Arts: Hispanic New York in Literature (WRIT 101)

Literary Analysis (EWL 207)

Intermediate Spanish 2 (SPAN 201)

Women Writers of Latin America (SPAN 347)