TitleChair and Professor of English and World Literatures
DepartmentEnglish and World Literatures
Michael’s research interests include late twentieth-century Latin American narrative, Portuguese literature and culture produced under fascist dictatorships, and narratives of personal trauma. He is the author of three books: Las últimas obras de José Donoso: Juegos, roles y rituales en la subversión del poder (Madrid: Pliegos, 2001), The Reconstruction of Lisbon: Severa’s Legacy and the Fado’s Rewriting of Urban History (Lewisburg, US: Bucknell University Press, 2008), and Fado and the Urban Poor in Portuguese Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s (Suffolk, UK: Tamesis, 2016). Dr. Colvin’s current book project focuses on subjective analyses of linguistic and visual encoding of terror in nightmares and creative acts.
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.