Dona Kercher, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish & Film

Director of Latin American Studies

508-767-7305 Founders Hall - Room 213

Degrees Earned

B.A., University of Michigan; German/Spanish, 1972
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University; Spanish, 1975
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University; Spanish, 1980
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Strategies of Censorship: Critical Readings of Four of Quevedo’s “Sueños”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Special Topics: Hitchcock’s Movies
Business Spanish I & II
Introduction to Film Studies – World Cinema Focus
Honors Global Perspectives
Topics in Spanish Cinema
Latin American Cinema
Spanish Mysticism
Women and Film
Cinematic Cities
Humor in International Cinema
The Picaresque
Intensive Spanish IV/V
Women of the World
Introduction to Women’s Studies: Images
Introduction to Literature
Spanish Culture and Civilization I & II
Medieval Literature
Cervantes II: Novelas ejemplares
Twentieth-Century Spanish Fiction
Main Currents of Spanish Literature I & II
Advanced Spanish Composition
Introduction to Literature: Spanish Language
Spanish V: Conversational Spanish & Grammar Review
Spanish IV Honors
Spanish I, II, III, IV

Publications & Editorships

Books

Latin Hitchcock: How Almodóvar, Amenábar, De la Iglesia, Del Toro and Campanella Became Notorious. London & NY: Wallflower Press/ Columbia University Press, 2015.

Book Chapters

“Almodóvar and Hitchcock: A Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar, Marvin D’Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon, Eds. Chichester, UK & Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 59-87.

“Teaching Spanish Mysticism at a Catholic Undergraduate College: Issues of Relevance, Accessibility, and Self-Censorship,” Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Ávila and the Spanish Mystics. Allison Weber, Ed. NY: Modern Languages Association, 2009, 181-189.

“Violence, Timing, and the Comedy Team in Muertos de risa,” Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema since 1945. Xavier Mendik and Ernst Mathjis, Eds. London: Wallflower Press, 2004, 53-63.

"Marketing Cervantine Magic for a New Global Image of Spain," Refiguring Spain: Cinema/ Media/ Representation. Marsha Kinder, Ed. Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, 1997, 98-132.

"Rosa Chacel," Dictionary of Literary Bibliography, Vol. 134: Twentieth-Century Spanish Poets: Second Series, Jerry Phillips Winfield, Ed. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clarke Layman, 1994, 57-72.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Hitting the Mark from Television to Film: Violence, Timing and the Comedy Team in Alex de la Iglesia’s Muertos de risa (1999), Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, Special Issue on Spanish Cinema, vol. 21, n.2 (Winter/Spring 2002), 50-63.

“Countering Basque Terrorism: Asesinato en febrero (Spain, 2001),” Cine-Lit V: Essays on Hispanic Film and Fiction (Corvaillis, OR: Cine-Lit Publications, 2004), 44-55.

“Looking for Don Quijote’s Own Shadow: An Interview with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón about His Film El caballero Don Quijote (2002),” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Vol. 6, 2002, 129-140.

"Children of the European Union, Crossing Gendered Channels: Javier Marías's Novel, Todas las almas, and Gracia Querejeta's Film, El último viaje de Robert Rylands," Cine-Lit III: Essays on Hispanic Film and Fiction (Portland, OR: Portland State University, 1998), 100-112.

'The "Magical Episodes" of the Quijote on Film: Gutiérrez Aragón's Maravillas," Cine-Lit II: Essays on Hispanic Film and Fiction (Portland, OR: Portland State University, Oregon State University & Reed College, 1995), 86-95.

"Cervantes on Film: Exemplary Tales and La noche más hermosa," Cine-Lit: Essays on Peninsular Film and Fiction, (Portland, OR: Portland State University, Oregon State University, & Reed College, 1992) 25-30.

'Censorship and Revisions: Quevedo's Prologues to the "Sueños,"' Revista de estudios hispánicos (Puerto Rico) 1987-8, 67-77.

"García Márquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Notes on Parody and the Artist," Latin American Literary Review, XIII (Jan.- June 1985), 90-103.

Reviews

Review of Thomas G. Deveny, Cain on Screen: Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington U.- St. Louis) XXIX, n.3 (Oct. 1995), 577-8.

Reviews of Ellen D. Lokos, The Solitary Journey: Cervantes's “Voyage to Parnassus” and Miguel de Cervantes, Viage del Parnaso. Poesías varias. “Critical edition by Elias L. Rivers, Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America XIII, no. 1 (Spring 1993), 131-4.

Review of Karlis Racevskis, Michel Foucault and the Subversion of the Intellect, Philosophy and Literature, IX (Oct. 1985), 260-1.

Other

Exhibition Entries for 17th Century Spanish and Latin American Colonial Literature, "Censorship: 500 Years of Conflict," New York Public Library, May- Nov. 1984.

"The Economy of Misogyny in Quevedo's Mundo por de dentro," Women in the Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Selected Papers from the Conversations in the Disciplines Program. Syracuse: SUNY- Onondaga, 1978, 64-73.

Conferences

“Manipulating Subtitles: Hitchcock’s Humor in Spanish,” Paper presented at panel “On Subtitles,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montréal, Canada, March 2015

“La circulación migratoria colombiana y el culebrón diaspórico en Paraíso Travel y Chance: Los trapos sucios se lavan en casa,” Paper presented at panel “Identidades y Fronteras en el Cine y la Televisión en la era de la Globalización,” Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, “Construyendo Diálogos en las Américas,” Vienna, Austria, July 2012

“Can Latin Women Thrill?: The Transnational Reinventions of Martel and Bollaín,” Paper presented at panel “Latin American Cinema After the Year 2000,” Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, California, 24 May 2012

“Caught in the Elevator with Hitchcock and Campanella: A Comparatist Approach to The Secret in Their Eyes,” Paper presented, Cine-Lit VII, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, February 2011

‘A New “Cine de Transición”?: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón’s Spanish/Cuban Films,’ Paper presented, Latin American Studies Association Conference, Rio de Janiero, Brazil,  June 2009.

“El humor cortante: Cuestiones de humor y terror en El laberinto del fauno (2006) de Guillermo de Toro,” Paper presented, International Society of Luso-hispanic Humor Studies Conference, Universidad de Santiago, Santiago, Chile, November 2007.

“Fabián Bielinsky’s Debt to Late Hitchcock,” Paper presented, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2007.

“The Aura of Hitchcock in Fabián Bielinsky’s Films,” Cine-Lit VI, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, February 2007

“Teaching Spanish Mysticism at an Undergraduate Catholic College: Issues of Relevance, Accessibility and Self-Censorship,” Paper presented, Conference of the

Asociación de Escritoras de España y de las Américas, AEEA/AHT, Georgetown 

University, Washington, DC, October 2006.

“With Hitch as His Model: Guillermo del Toro,” Paper presented, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 2006.

“Latin Hitchcock: Guillermo del Toro,” Paper presented, Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2006.

“El banco de imagenes resistentes:  El humor pronunciado por El Pinguino y otros animales políticos, y visto en los cartones y las fotos de Nik,” Paper presented, IX Annual Conference of  the International Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies Society, Jacó, Costa Rica, September 2005.

“Felices perdedores: Los lunes al sol, The Full Monty, y 800 balas,” Paper presented, VIII Conference of the International Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies Society, UNAM [Autonomous National University of Mexico], Mexico City, Mexico, October 2004.

‘Countering Basque Terrorism: Asesinato en febrero (Spain, 2001)” Paper presented, ”Hispanic Cultural Studies: The State of the Art, an Interdisciplinary Conference,”  of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Tuczon, Arizon, September 2002.

“Critiquing ETA through a Cinematic Politics of Silence: Ortega Santillana’s   Documentary Asesinato en febrero [Assassination in February] (Spain 2001),” Paper presented, Visible Exidence IX Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, December 2001.

“Federico Luppi: Counterfeiting Manhood in Transnational Spanish Language Cinema,” Paper presented at  Session on “Transnational Stars,” Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Washington, DC, May 2001.

“Hitting the Mark from Television to Film: Violence, Timing, and the Comedy Team in Alex de la Iglesia’s Muertos de risa (1999), Paper presented, International Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies Conference, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, September 2000.

“Federico Luppi, Tortured But Unshaven: Tough Guy Stardom through Two Decades of Spanish Language Cinema,” Paper Presented, Point Blank Conference, University of Arizona-Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, May 2000.

“A ‘Welcome’ Façade: Racism and Economic Necessity from Berlanga’s Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall to Bollaín’s Flores de otro mundo,” Paper presented, Cine-Lit 2000, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 2000.

“Dance Move-Ease: After-images of the New Global Body,” Paper presented, Session on “Media Industries and the Global Popular: Marketing the Transnational City,” Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Florida Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida, April 1999

“On the Ellipse of Satanic Comedy: Tracing a Goyesque Tradition of Violence in Alex de la Iglesia'’ Film Día de la Bestia (1995), Paper presented, International Society of Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies Conference, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada,  October 1998

"Film History/ Art History/ Nationalism: Domesticating Cityspace in Victor Erice's Dream of Light and Antonio López's Paintings," Paper presented in Session on "Screening Space," Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 1997

"Children of the European Union, Crossing Gendered Channels: Javier Marías's Novel Todas las almas and Gracia Querejeta's Film, El último viaje de Robert Rylands," Paper presented, Cine-Lit III Conference, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, February 1997

"Film History/ Art History/ Nationalism: Performing Dalí in Bigas Luna's Los huevos de oro," Paper presented, Film Culture History Conference, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, August 1996

"Painted Ladies and Cross-cultural Karaoke: Performing Dalí in Bigas Luna's Los huevos de oro," Paper presented in Session on "Visual Cultures in the 90's," Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 1996

"The Realm of Farce in Recent Spanish Cinema," Paper presented, First International Conference on Hispanic Humor, International Society of Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, September 1995

"Film History/ Art History/ Nationalism: The Case of Trueba's Belle Epoque," Paper presented, Session on "Spanish Cinema: The Representation of the  Nation," Society for Cinema Studies Conference, "One Hundred Years of Cinema: Writing the Histories," New York City, March 1995

"Dressed in the Past for National Success: Marketing Costume Comedy in Recent Spanish Cinema," Paper presented, Twentieth Annual Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, January 1995.

"The Hegemonic Discourse of Decoration: Mirrors, Erotic Paintings and the Revival of the Imperial Vision in Uribe's El rey pasmado," Paper presented, Session on "Madrid in the Movies: The   City Past and Present," Modern Languages Association Conference, San Diego, California, December 1994.

'The "Magical Episodes" of the Quijote on Film: Gutiérrez Aragón's Maravillas," Paper presented, Cine-Lit II, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon and Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, February 1994

"From La hojarasca to El general en su laberinto: García Márquez's Rewriting of Sophocles' Theban Plays, Paper presented, Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1992

"Montero and the Bolero: A Feminist Discourse?," Paper presented, Confluencia: The Conference, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, April 1988.

"Marriage in the Diana," Paper presented, Session on "Desire in Formal Dress in

Renaissance Art & Literature," Modern Languages Association Conference, New York, New York, December 1983

"Avoiding the Censors: Quevedo's Prologues to the "Sueños,"' Paper presented,  Session on "Censorship and Subversion in Golden Age Prose," Modern Languages Association Conference, Los Angeles, California, December 1982

Presentations

“The Women’s Studies Film Series,” Workshop on “Women and Gender,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2014 

‘Mysticism in Motion: El Greco’s “Repentant Magdalene and Bill Viola’s “Union,”’ Invited lecture for the Docent Program, Worcester Art Museum, February 2012; Invited lecture for “Profs Night,” Worcester Art Museum, November 2010. 

“Alex de la Iglesia y los displazamientos al centro,” Cine vasco y el exilio, International Conference, Universidad de Deusto – San Sebastián, San Sebastián, Spain, November 2011 

“¿Un Hitchcock femenino?: Los arcos genéricos de Bollaín y Coixet,” Gynocine Conference: Mujeres, dones y cine, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 2011 

“Los Vértigos del cine hispánico transnacional: Mujer sin cabeza y La piel que habito,”Conferencia internacional “Nuevas perspectivas sobre la transnacionalidad del cine hispánico,” Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Flanders, Belgium, October 2012. 

Respondent, “Cine latino en la diáspora II: Dinámicas de género y generación,” Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, October 2010 

“Hitchcock and Spanish Film,” Plenary Lecture, European Film Conference, University of Texas – San Antonio, Texas, September 2008. 

“Hispanic Hitchcock: The Direct Takes of Amenábar and De la Iglesia, Hispanic Cinemas Conference: “The Local and the Global,” The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of London, November 2003 

“Teaching Hispanic Film as Film,” Plenary Presenter at Teaching Workshop, Cine- Lit V, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, March 2003 

“Massive Fear Between Horror and Humor: Tracing a Goyesque Tradition of Violence in Alex de la Iglesia’s Film Día de la Bestia,”

“Fear: Discourses of the Unknown,” Conference on Hispanic Literatures and the Visual Arts, University of Connecticut- Storrs, Storrs, Connecticut, March 1999.

Grants and Awards

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Sports in the Hispanic World,” for Curriculum Development, 2015

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Business Spanish,” for Curriculum Development, 2011

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Latin Hitchcock,” for Research in Spain, 2009

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Latin Hitchcock,” for Research in Spain, 2007

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Hispanic Hitchcock,” for Research in Spain, 2004

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Federico Luppi: Masculinity and Transnational Star Discourse,” for Research in Spain, 2002

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Women and Film,” for Curriculum Development, 2000

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, “Latin American Cinema,” for Curriculum Development,1998

Grant from the Program for Cultural Co-operation Between Spain and US Universities, "Pictorial Spain," for Research in Spain, 1996-1997

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, "Pictorial Spain," for Research in Spain, 1996-1997

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, "The Spanish Gaze," for Research in Spain,1994.

Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, "Cervantes on Film," for Research in Madrid, 1993

Fellowship, The Spanish Film Institute: “Teaching Spanish Film as Film”, led by Drs. Marsha Kinder and Marvin D’Lugo, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 1992

Member, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Humanities Faculty Development Program, Assumption College, July 1991 & June 1992

Williams College Faculty Research Grant to interview Rosa Chacel in Madrid, 1988

Professional Affiliations

American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

Latin American Studies Association, Film Studies Section

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Latino/a Caucus

Modern Languages Association

Professional Service

Director, Women’s Studies Program, 2012-; Member, Women’s Studies Committee 1995-

Humanities Representative, Select Committee on the General Education Core, New core to be implemented in Fall 2016, 2015-

President, Faculty Representative Senate, 2013-2015; Secretary of the Faculty Representative Senate,1992-1993; co-author of the

Faculty Policy Document (1993); Vice-President of Faculty Senate, 1991; Departmental Representative to the Representative Faculty Senate, 2013-2015, 2009, 2006, 2002-2004

Spanish Film Series, Assumption College, 2005- 2015;

Chair of Review and Author of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultural Department Program Review Report, 2010-2012

Founder (2004) and Chapter Faculty Advisor to Sigma Delta Pi, 2004, (sabbatical 2004-2005), 2005-2014

Member, Curriculum Committee of the Senate, 2012-2014; 2005-2008; Chair, 2002- 2004

Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, 2002-4 (sabbatical ‘04-’05); 2005-8

Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Spanish, 2007-8; Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Spanish, 2003-2004

Women’s Studies Spring Film Series, Assumption College, 2006- 

Member, Provost’s Taskforce on Women, 2003- 2004

Chair, Communications Program Advisory Committee, 1997-1999; Foreign Languages Department Representative to Communications Major Advisory Committee, 1995-96; Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Draft the Communications Major, 1993-5

Member, Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, 1994-5

Member, Senate Faculty Development Committee, 1990-5

Member, Internship Screening Committee, 1993-5

Worcester Latino Film Festival, Executive Board (2001)

Foreign Film Series, Assumption College, 1998-1993

Foreign Film Festival, University of Maine – Orono (1985-1981)

Research Projects

Annotated Bibliography of Lucrecia Martel (1966-  ) for Oxford Bibliographies, Krin Gabbard, Editor in Chief, Cinema and Media Studies (under contract for 2017)