Asima F. X. Saad Maura

Visiting Assistant Professor

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I began teaching at Haverford in 2002, as part-time Visiting Assistant Professor; I have been full-time since Fall 2005. Previously, I was at Temple University (2002-2005), where I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, after finishing a one-year full-time visiting contract at Swarthmore  College (2001-2002).

Academic Background

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

MA, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, PR

BA, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Ponce, PR

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Academic Resources

La Mujer, Interactive Grammar Website, Summer 2006

Research Interests

I am interested in the meeting of cultures through the first transatlantic voyages that occurred upon and beyond the "Discovery" of the "New" World and its repercutions through time. This leads me to different areas of research: literatures and cultures of Early Modern Spain (the so-called Golden Age) and Colonial Latin America, from the 16th and 17th centuries through our own 21st century. I pay attention to the connections between the Old World and the New World through the Chronicles of Indies and the cultural production from and across both sides of the Atlantic to present-day times. The context of the colonial/transatlantic phenomenon has me researching the texts of various authors from Spain, Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean from the past and the present.

Courses at Haverford

490 Senior Departmental Studies. A seminar to prepare students for the research and writing of their Senior Theses by means of close readings of works from various periods and genres and through selected works of criticism or theory. (Fall 2006)

205 Studies in Spanish American Novel. Introduction to selected short 20th-century Spanish-American short stories and novels by García Márquez, Bombal, Cortázar, Ferré, García Ramis, Vega, etc. (Spring 2007)

313 Literature of the Caribbean. A selection of essays, novels and plays, including Carpentier, Julia de Burgos, Luis Rafael Sánchez and many others. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor. (Spring 2006)

230 Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Literature, Culture, and Society. Introduction to the culture and literature of medieval and early modern Spain: Castilian expansion, religious diversity, and cultural transformations, from the Reconquest to the Hapsburgs. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or consent of the instructor. (Fall 2005)

320 Spanish American Colonial Writings
. A Seminar for Majors based on the turmoil brought across the Atlantic by the first explorers and conquistadores.  Students read a good sample of the representative writings from the textual legacy left by the Spanish discovery, conquest, and colonization of the New World.  Emphasis was placed on the transformation of historical and literary genres, and the role of Colonial literature in the formation of Latin American identity.  (Fall 2003)

001, 101, 102 Spanish. Language/grammar/composition in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. 


Courses taught elsewhere

559 Cervantes. A close reading of the "first modern novel," Don Quijote de la Mancha (Parts I and II), and the Novelas ejemplares served as representative aides in understanding the impact of the salient happenings of the time: the Catholic Inquisition; Imperial and Religious Wars; the influence of Erasmus; the Reformation and the Counter Reformation; transatlantic travels; the conquest and colonization of the New World. (Spring 2005, Temple University)

387 Hispanic Influences in the USA.  Students got acquainted with writings dealing with the immigration experience since the first Spanish explorers from the 15th century, to the Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st. (Spring 2004, Temple University).

239 Puerto Rican Culture & Civilization.  A course based on Puerto Rico's history from its discovery to our days (Spring 2004, Temple University).

Puerto Rican Readings from 15th-19th Century, depicting the newly discovered Island (1493), from the Chronicles of Indies and later literary works where a Puerto Rican identity is shown to start taking an independent form  (Fall 2003, Temple University).

Survey of Spanish Golden Age Literature. A course designed to familiarize students with the times of glory and turmoil of the two centuries that mark the period of colonization and empire. The concept of Empire, in light of historical documents and the canonic works of 16th and 17th-century Spanish writers, was discussed through postmodern theory  (Spring 2003, Temple University).

010 En busca de América Latina
, a course designed to familiarize students with cultural, political and social issues in Latin America through history, literature, music and film  (Spring 2002, Swarthmore College).

086 El Nuevo Mundo
, a course on Colonial Spanish-American literature, based on post-colonial theory, including 20th-century short stories, novels and films dealing with the topic of the first transatlantic encounters (Fall 2001, Swarthmore College).

499 The Spanish Conquest of the New World, a senior seminar on Colonial Spanish-American Literature, with primary focus on the Chronicles of Indies (Fall 1999, Drexel University).

371 Spanish-Spanish American Cultures and Literatures. Advanced course dedicated to the discussion of cultural and political issues of various Spanish-speaking countries, from Spain to South and Central America, and the Caribbean (Spring 1998, Drexel University).

Language/grammar/composition in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, in every institution where I have taught. 

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