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Ryan Anthony Spangler, Ph.D.


At the tomb of Rubén Darío in León, Nicaragua.

Assistant Professor

Hitchcock 103
ryanspangler@creighton.edu
Phone: (402) 280-3867

Spanish Club
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement - 2012
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence in Major Advising - 2012
  • Jesuit Faculty Mission Fellowship - 2012

Courses Taught

  • Discovering Perú: Language, Church and Society in Context
  • Rubén Darío and the Quest for Enlightenment (Independent Study)
  • Spanish American Modernismo and Spiritual Poetics
  • Spanish American Theater of Social Criticism and Religion
  • Culture, Politics and Ethics in the Dominican Republic (Independent Study)
  • Spanish American Short Story
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • Spanish American Culture and Civilization
  • Advanced Spanish Translation
  • Advanced Spanish Composition

Area of Specialization

  • 19th-20th Century Spanish American Modernismo, Avant-garde
  • 20th Century Spanish American Theater

Recent Publications

  • Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the New Modernity. Co-editor with Georg Schwarzmann. Under Review at University of Bucknell Press.
  • "Approaching the Modern in Martí: The Aura of Authenticity in Spanish American Modernismo." Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the New Modernity. Edited by Georg Schwarzmann and Ryan A. Spangler. Under Review at University of Bucknell Press.
  • "The Sound of Science: Apocalyptic Gothic in the fin de siécle". Charlas del Ateneo: Literature, History and Science in the Hispanic World. Edited by Dale J. Pratt and Todd K. Mack. Accepted.
  • "Deshaciendo la desmemoria: Historia y ficción en el teatro de Haffe Serulle." Anagnórisis. December 2013.
  • "Patrias perdidas: poesía y política en la poesía de José Martí." Procedimientos de la III Conferencia Internacional Por el Equilibrio del Mundo.
  • "La solidaridad del sufrimiento: crisis y crítica en la poesía de Rubén Darío." Procedimiento del Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío 9.
  • "Salutación del pesimista: Darío, Schopenhauer y la revelación del arte." Procedimientos del Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío 8 (2010): 61-76.
  • "La religión poética en la poesía de Rubén Darío." Procedimientos del Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío 7 (2009): 33-47.

Recent Presentations

  • "Cholo u hombre: Representation and Revolution in the Theater of Victor Zavala Cataño." Invited Guest Lecturer. Brigham Young University, December 3, 2013.
  • "Syncing the Americas: José Martí and the New Modernity." Faculty Friday Guest Lecturer. Creighton University, April 5, 2013.
  • "De-mystifying a Demi-god: New Readings on a Cuban Revolutionary." Invited Guest Lecturer. Brigham Young University, March 29, 2013.
  • "Patrias perdidas: poesía y política en la poesía de José Martí." III Conferencia Internacional Por el Equilibrio del Mundo. La Havana, Cuba, January 28-31, 2013.
  • "Deshaciendo la desmemoria: historia y ficción en la obra de Haffe Serulle." XI Conferencia Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cusco, Perú, March 7-9, 2012.
  • "La solidaridad del sufrimiento: crisis y crítica en la poesía de Rubén Darío." IX Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío. León, Nicaragua, January 15-20, 2011.
  • "Profecías melódicas en tierras confusas: Sacred Analogies in the Poetry of José Martí." 60th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Radford University, October 7-9, 2010.
  • "Salutación del pesimista: Darío, Schopenhauer y la revelación del arte." VIII Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío. León, Nicaragua, January 15-20, 2010.
  • "Amado Nervo: The Prodigal Son Returns." Mid American Conference on Hispanic Literature. University of Kansas, November 5-7, 2009.
  • "Ninguna patria tengo yo: Poetic and Political Identity in José Martí." 59th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Furman University, October 8-10, 2009.
  • "¡Viva la patria (chica)!: José Martí and Cuban-Spanish Relations in the fin de siglo." 33rd European Studies Conference. University of Nebraska-Omaha, October 1-3, 2009.
  • "La religión poética en la poesía de Rubén Darío." VII Simposio Internacional Rubén Darío. León, Nicaragua, January 18-20, 2009.
  • "The Poet's Self Prophecy: Spiritual Authenticity in José Martí's 'Sueño despierto'." Invited Guest Lecturer. University of North Carolina-Wilmington, October 9, 2008.
  • "Discerning the Divine in Versos sencillos." 58th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Langauge Conference. University of North Carolina-Wilmington, October 8-11, 2008.
  • "El desierto de sor Juana." VIII Conferencia de la Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. Córdoba, Spain, October 17-20, 2007.