Professor of Spanish



    * Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 1979

    * M.A. University of Kentucky, 1974

    * M.A.L.S. University of Kentucky, 1972

    * B.A., with Distinction, Mississippi College, 1971


    * Spanish American literature (short story; colonial literature; modernismo to mid twentieth-century)


    * Spanish 322 Spanish American Culture and Civilization

    * Spanish 331 Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis

    * Spanish 579, 580 Survey of Spanish American Literature, I and II

    * Graduate seminars on Spanish and Spanish American literature

    * Honors 101, 102 Freshman Honors I and II


     * ”Las Casas and the Testimonial Narrative.”  Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Bartolomé de Las Casas.  Ed. Santa Arias and Eyda M. Merediz.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008.

     * The Christopher Longest Lectures: 1961-1970.  Ed. Melvin S. Arrington, Jr.  University, MS: Romance Monographs, 2008.

     * "Palma's 'Los polvos de la condesa' and the Writing of History." SECOLAS Annals. Vol. 35. 2003. Pp. 110-18.

    * “Introduction.” The Sonnets of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in English Verse. Tr. Carl W. Cobb. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2001. Pp. 5-11.

    * “El Inca Garcilaso, Mythmaker.” Essays on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Film in Memory of Howard M. Fraser. Ed. Bruce Dean Willis. Mobile: University of South Alabama, 2000. Pp. 75-82.

    * I’m Going to Have a Little House: The Second Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus. Tr. Melvin S. Arrington, Jr. and Robert M. Levine. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

    * Entries on Regionalism, Doña Bárbara, Ricardo Jaimes Freyre, Enrique Larreta, and José Eustasio Rivera in Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Ed. Verity Smith. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.

    * “Magda Portal, Vanguard Critic.” Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Ed. Doris Meyer. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. Pp. 148-56.

    * “Herschel Brickell: The Making of a Latin Americanist.” Chasqui 23.2 (1994): 3-11.

    * “El arquetipo de iniciación en ‘Día domingo.’” Mario Vargas Llosa: Opera Omnia. Ed. Ana María Hernández de López. Madrid: Pliegos, 1994. Pp. 333-40.

    * “¿Mujer o leona?: ‘La signatura de la esfinge’ de Rafael Arévalo Martínez.” SECOLAS Annals 25 (1994): 120-26.

    * “Gnomic Literature from the Favela: The Proverbios of Carolina Maria de Jesús.” Romance Notes 34 (1993): 79-85.

    * “From the Garbage Dump to the Brick House: The Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus.” Southeastern Latin Americanist 36:4 (1993): 1-12.

    * “Narrative Authority in Fiction and Film: The Case of Borges’ ‘El muerto.’” Romance Notes 31 (1990): 133-39.

    * “Silvina Ocampo.” Spanish American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book. Ed. Diane E. Marting. New York: Greenwood, 1990. Pp. 360-70. Rpt. in Spanish in Escritoras de Hispanoamérica: Una guía bio-bibliográfica. Bogotá: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1990. Pp. 386-95.

    * “The God Made Flesh: Some Observations on Syncretism and Identity in ‘Chac Mool.’” Interpretaciones a la obra de Carlos Fuentes. Ed. Ana María Hernández de López. Madrid: Ediciones Beramar, 1990. Pp. 235-41.

    * “Herschel Brickell: The Hispanic Connection.” Southern Quarterly 27:4 (1989): 79-100.

    * Regionalism and Nationalism in Latin America: Legacies of the Past, Directions for the Future. Ed. T. Ray Shurbutt. Assoc. Eds. Kenneth Coleman and Melvin S. Arrington, Jr. SECOLAS Annals. Vol 19. Carrollton, GA: Thomasson, 1988.

    * Approximately 150 book reviews in American Reference Books Annual, Ariel, Chasqui, Choice, Hispania, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Indian Literatures Journal, Latin American Literary Review, Lector, Modern Language Journal, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Romance Quarterly, South Central Review, Southeastern Latin Americanist, Studies in 20th Century Literature,and World Literature Today.



    * Fellow, South College, University of Mississippi (2009 - )

    * Croft Institute for International Studies Faculty Development Grant (Cuba, 2000)

    * NEH Summer Seminars (SUNY Stony Brook, 1995; Yale, 1985)

    * Mississippi College Distinguished Foreign Language Alumnus Award (1990)

    * NEH Summer Institute (University of Texas at Austin, 1989)

    * University of Mississippi Faculty Research Award (1987)

    * Mellon Regional Faculty Development Seminar (Vanderbilt University, 1986)

    * Rotary Foundation Group Exchange Award (Argentina, 1985)

    * Fulbright Summer Seminar (Brazil, 1983)


    * Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honorary)

    * Phi Lamba Beta (Portuguese honorary)

    * Alpha Theta Phi (Latin American Studies honorary)

    * American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

    * Association of Colombianists

    * Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana

    * Latin American Studies Association

    * Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies

    * Mississippi Foreign Language Association


    * President, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (1995-96)

    * Editorial Board, Romance Monographs (1992-present)

    * Director of University of Tennessee Summer Study Program in Brazil (Universidade Federal do Ceará, 1990)

    * Member of Mississippi Delegation to Guyana to organize Mississippi-Guyana Partnership, Partners of the Americas (1988)

    * Spanish AP Reader/Consultant, Educational Testing Service (1987-present)

    * Acting Chairman, Department of Modern Languages, UM (summer 1992)

    * Spanish Graduate Adviser, Dept. of Modern Languages, UM (1991-96, 2001, 2003)


    * Kiwanis Club of Oxford, President 2005-06

Updated October 15, 2009