Noel Valis, PhD

  • Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Director of Graduate Studies of Spanish

She is the author of: The Decadent Vision in Leopoldo Alas (1981); The Novels of Jacinto Octavio Picón (1986); Leopoldo Alas (Clarin): An Annotated Bibliography (1986); In the Feminine Mode: Essays on Hispanic Women Writers (co-editor) (1990);"Malevolent Insemination" and Other Essays on Clarín (1990) (editor); editions of Carolina Coronado's Poesías (1991), Picón's La hijastra del amor (1990), and Pereda's Bocetos al temple (1990); Las conjuradoras: Antología bilingüe de seis poetas norteamericanas de hoy (1993); a translation of Pedro Salinas's Víspera del gozo (Prelude to Pleasure) (1993); The Poetry of Julia Uceda (1995), and other studies. Published in 2002-03: Leopoldo Alas (Clarín): An Annotated Bibliography. Supplement I; Mi casa me recuerda/My House Remembers Me (poetry), and The Culture of Cursilería. Bad Taste, Kitsch and Class in Modern Spain, which won the MLA's 2003 Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize. Recent Publications: The Poetry of Sara Pujol Russell (Introd. and Trans.) (2005); Reading the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel: Selected Essays (2005); Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War (2007), an edited volume for the Modern Language Association; and Burning Cartography, poetry by Noni Benegas (Introd. and Trans.) (2007; 2nd ed., 2011), which won the New England Council of Latin American Studies’ Best Book Translation Prize in 2008.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2006-07, she completed a book titled Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative, published by Yale University Press in 2010. La cultura de la cursilería: Mal gusto, clase y kitsch en la España moderna (Antonio Machado Libros, Col. Pensamiento) also appeared in 2010.

A novella, The Labor of Longing, appeared in 2014 and was a
Finalist for the Prize Americana for Prose.

In press: Two Confessions, a translation of two essays by Maria Zambrano and Rosa Chacel, with introduction, afterword, and annotations (with Carol Maier). Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming.

In press: Serenata del amor triunfante, by Pedro Badanelli. Ed., Introd. and Notes. Sevilla: Ediciones Ulises/ Editorial Renacimiento.

Education
  • PhD, Bryn Mawr College, 1975
  • MA, Bryn Mawr College, 1970
  • BA, Douglass College, 1968
Publications
  • La cultura de la cursilería. Mal gusto, clase y kitsch en la España moderna. (Colección Pensamiento, 16). Madrid: Antonio Machado Libros, 2010.
  • The Labor of Longing. A Novella. Charlotte NC: Main Street Rag Publishing, 2014.
  • Burning Cartography. Austin: Host Publications, 2007. 2nd ed., 2011. Poetry by Noni Benegas (Introd. and Trans.)
  • Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War. NY: MLA, 2007. (An edited volume for the Modern Language Association)
  • Reading the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel: Selected Essays. Newark DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2005.
  • The Poetry of Sara Pujol Russell. Selinsgrove PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2005. (Introd. and Trans.)
  • Mi casa me recuerda/My House Remembers Me. Ferrol: Esquio, 2003. (Poetry)
  • Leopoldo Alas (Clarín): An Annotated Bibliography. Supplement I. Suffolk/Rochester NY: Boydell & Brewer/Tamesis, 2002.
  • The Poetry of Julia Uceda. NY: Peter Lang, 1995. (Introd. and Trans.)
  • Pedro Salinas's Víspera del gozo (Prelude to Pleasure). Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 1993. (Introd. and Trans.)
  • Las conjuradoras: Antología bilingüe de seis poetas norteamericanas de hoy. Ferrol: Esquio, 1993. (Introd. and Trans.)
  • José María de Pereda's Bocetos al temple. Vol. 3, Obras completas. Santander: Tantin, 1990. (Introd. and Ed.)
  • Jacinto Octavio Picón's La hijastra del amor. Barcelona: PPU, 1990. (Introd. and Ed.)
  • Carolina Coronado's Poesías. Madrid: Castalia/Instituto de la Mujer, 1991. (Introd. and Ed.)
  • "Malevolent Insemination" and Other Essays on Clarín. Ann Arbor: Michigan Romance Studies Series, vol. 10, 1990. (Edited vol.)
  • In the Feminine Mode: Essays on Hispanic Women Writers. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 1990. 2nd ed., 1995 (Co-edited vol.)
  • Leopoldo Alas (Clarín): An Annotated Bibliography. London: Grant & Cutler, 1986.
  • The Novels of Jacinto Octavio Picón. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 1986. Spanish: Jacinto Octavio Picón, novelista. Barcelona: Anthropos, 1991.
  • The Decadent Vision in Leopoldo Alas. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.
  • The Culture of Cursilería: Bad Taste, Kitsch and Class in Modern Spain. Durham: Duke UP, 2002.
  • Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
International activities
  • Book: Lorca After life
    Spain (2010-Present)
    An examination of the poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca as a national and international cultural icon.

  • Book Translation: Two Confessions
    Spain (2009-2012)
    A translation of two essays by the philosopher-novelists María Zambrano and Rosa Chacel, with Introduction, Afterword, and Annotations.

  • Sacred Realism, Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative
    Spain (2005-2010)
    A book on the impact of religion on the development of the modern Spanish novel, from the late 18th century to the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

  • Book: Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War
    Spain (2004-2007)
    Professor Valis edited a volume of essays on teaching representations of the Spanish Civil War.

Honors
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
Languages
French, Italian, Spanish