Debra D. Andrist, Ph.D.

Dr. Debra D. Andrist, Professor of Spanish at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), was multi-term founding chair of Foreign Languages there, former multi-term Chair of Modern & Classical Languages/Cullen Professor of Spanish at the University of St. Thomas/Houston (UST) and rose to Associate Professor of Spanish, Baylor University. She previously taught in public schools in Michigan and Nebraska, as well as in private school in Valencia, Venezuela.

She holds a BA in sociology and Spanish from Fort Hays Kansas State University, an MA in Spanish from the University of Utah, a PhD in Spanish from State University of New York/Buffalo and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rice University. She attended Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México as an undergraduate and has post-graduate classes from Granada, Spain and Rice University.

A sociologist of created societies (art and literature) in works by and about women, her scholarly production includes international conference papers and other presentations, books of criticism, textbooks, translations, critical articles, reviews, interviews and movie study guides, with several current works in progress.

She has been awarded internal and external scholarships and grants, plus awards and honors for teaching (SUNY) and service (Baylor and UST and SHSU). She has led study abroads in Mexico, Spain and Ireland, was an exchange professor in Chile and Canada and a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Morocco.

Active in many professional organizations, an officer in most, she was, e.g., president of South Central Modern Language Association and of the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language, Senior Vocal of Asociación International de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica and on the board of the Western Social Science Association. In community service, she is, e.g., a docent at Bayou Bend, a board member of Houston Hispanic Forum, and more.

Current research interests

art and literature by and about Hispanic women

medical art & literature from the Hispanic worlds

 

Selected Books

Insult to Injury: Violence in Spanish, Hispanic American and Latino Art and Literature Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2017

The Body, Subject & Subjected: The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Spanish, Indigenous & Hispanic American Art & Literature, Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2016.

Deceit Plus Desire Equals Violence: A Girardian Study of the Spanish 'Comedia.' NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., '89. (negotiation with Editorial Pliegos, Madrid, for translation) (nomination for l990 NEH Award by SUNY/Buffalo: most outstanding publication by recent humanities graduate)

Textbooks

Charlemos un poco. 3rd Ed. (50% re-write of readings and culture) Boston: Heinle & Heinle, '95; Charlemos un poco, Workbook/Laboratory Manual. 3rd. Ed. (50% re-write and re-organization) Boston: Heinle & Heinle, '95.

ahora, leamos. 3rd Ed. (75% re-write) Boston: Heinle & Heinle, '95.

Translations

Salum Nemer, RoseMary. Between the Spaces. Trans. Debra D. Andrist, Ph.D.  México, D.F.: Literal, ’04 (from Entre los espacios).

 

Selected Chapters

« Incest in Medieval/Renaissance Spanish Poetry,” in Insult to Injury: Violence in Spanish, Hispanic American and Latino Art and Literature Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2017.

« Domestic Violence: Social & Personal Control Techniques Through the Ages in Hispanic Worlds, » in Insult to Injury: Violence in Spanish, Hispanic American and Latino Art and Literature Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2017

“The Female Body and Control via Transformation: The Beauty and the Beast,” in The Body, Subject & Subjected: The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Spanish, Indigenous & Hispanic American Art & Literature, Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2016.

“Control of the Female Body: Threats and Violence vs. Strategies,” in The Body, Subject & Subjected: The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Spanish, Indigenous & Hispanic American Art & Literature, Debra. D. Andrist, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), January 2016.

“Transformation, Code, and Mimesis: Healing the Family in ‘Like Water for

Chocolate.’” Laura Esquivel's Mexican Fictions,” Elizabeth Willingham, ed., Eastbourne, UK: The Alpha Press Ltd (Sussex Academic Press is a trading name of The Alpha Press Ltd), 2010, 121-135.

"La Semiótica de la Chicana: La Escritura de Gloria Anzaldúa." Mujer y Literatura Mexicana y Chicana: Culturas en Contacto, 2. Aralia López González, Amelia Malagamba, and Elena Urrutia, eds. Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 1990. 243-247.

 

Selected Articles

"Latin American Women Artists and Power: Varo and Fini," Visible, II, Mexico, D.F./Houston, TX, spring '03

“Social Structure and Role Expectations in Uslar Pietri's Las lanzas coloradas,” Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, Vol. II, spring '02.

"Revisiones y reversos de Rima de Vallbona: ‘Beto y Betina,’" Revista de Filología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Vol. I, enero-diciembre l995, extraordinario.

"Marianism: The Christian Cult of the Virgin Mary," Women's Studies Encyclopedia, Vol. 3: History, Philosophy and Religion, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, '92.

"Non-traditional Concepts of Motherhood: Hispanic Women Poets of the 20th Century," Letras femeninas, Vol. XV, No. l-2, Primavera-Otoño l989, pp. l00-4.

"Male and Female Friendship in the Quijote," Cervantes, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall '83, pp. l49-59.

 

Selected Translations

“The (Spiritual) Body Cured by Alchemy: Francisco de Quevedo and His Knowledge of Alchemy/Francisco de Quevedo y su conocimimento de la alquimia” by RoseMary Salum Nemer.

“Control of the “Gay” Male Body Ravaged by Disease: AIDS in The Latin-American Literature Scenario/SIDA en el escenario literario de Latinamérica,” by Jorge Chavar

“Gabriel de la Mora: El gozo de la Mirada/Gabriel de la Mora: The Pleasure of Visual Perception,” by Carmen Cebreros

“A Conversation With Luis Tomasello From Modern Work to His Recent Work,” by Francesca Bellini Joseph,

“Interview with Miguel Ángel Rojas/Entrevista con Miguel Ángel Rojas,” by RoseMary Salum

“Excessive Imagination: An Interview with Francisco Hinojosa,” by Socorro Venegas

 

Selected Conference Participation

“Femenina, feminista y fantástica: creadoras y revisadoras puertorriqueñas de mitos,” Convocatoria: VIII Coloquio sobre las Mujeres, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, April 2011.

“Words & Pictures by Dominican Women: Angie Cruz” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mar. ’09.

“Linking LOTE (Languages Other Than English) To Curriculum and Communities,” Second International Conference on Language, Education, and Diversity (LED), University of Waikato, New Zealand, Nov. ’08

“Like Water For Chocolate (Is) Like Food For Emotion (Is) Like Illness/Injury For Transition/Transformation,“ Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH),  Seville, Spain, Oct. ‘07

“Political Power and the Medieval Infantas of Spain,” Medieval Conference, Leeds, England, July 2006

“Integrating Academia and the Multi-Cultural Community: Walking the Talk,” Fifth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Institute of Ethnic Administrators, Beijing, China, June-July ‘05

"Deceit Plus Desire Equals Diversion," International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humour Studies, Montreal, Canada, Sept. 00.

"Proto-feminists of the Spanish Middle Ages," International l5th-Century Studies Congress, Antwerp, Belgium, July 00

"The Semiotics of Spanish Womanhood: Words & Pictures," Third Annual New Europe at the Crossroads, Teikyo University, Berlin, Germany, July ’99

"Latin American Women Writers of the Fantastic," International Women’s Studies Association, Adelaide, Australia, April l999

"Feminist Protest Literature of the Spanish Middle Ages," Fifteenth-Century Conference, Kaprun, Austria, July. '95

"Women and Power: Latin American Women Writers of the Fantastic," Fifth Annual International and Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Costa Rica, Feb. '93

"Femenina, feminista y fantástica," VII Simposio Internacional de Literatura, Quito, Ecuador, Aug. '90

"La Celestina, the Physician of Love," 2nd International l5th-Century Studies Congress, Perpignan, France, July '90

"La poeta y la tecnología, VI Simposio Internacional de Literatura, Córdoba, Argentina, July '89

"La semiótica de ser chicana: el arte por chicanas'" International Conference on The Hispanic Cultures of America, Barcelona, Spain, June '88

 

Courses Taught at SHSU

2312 Intermediate Spanish II on-line

3361 Grammar & Composition, face-to-face and on-line

3362 Survey of Spanish Literature I

3368 Conversation I

3369 Conversation Ii

3380 Spanish Culture & Civilization

3374 Introduction to the Literature of Spanish America

3385 Spanish American Culture & Civilization

3381 Spanish Literature for Children

4364 Spanish American Prose

4370 Seminar in Selected Topics in Literature, Language, or Civilization (multiple topics, especially Costa Rican Culture

4374 Spanish for Health Professions

4375 Individual Readings in Spanish

5331 Seminar In Comparative Spanish Art/Culture: The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death In Hispanic Art & Literature

5332 Golden Age

5336 Hispanic Women