Areas of Study
Amparo Alpañés is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages. Her interests not only include Spanish language, literature, and culture, but also Spanish Cinema, Gender Studies and the 20th century history of Spain, particularly the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).
Dr. Alpañés has created the Handbook on Writing Techniques for Students of Spanish to assist students in their improvement of writing skills. This work is now a learning tool used in all W&J Spanish classes. The Handbook, co-created with student Joshua Deckman, is currently beind revised for publication.
In the Gender Studies field, Dr. Alpañés published an article on Letras Femeninas (August 2010) -A mi madre le gustan las mujeres: la familia y la visibilidad lésbica en el siglo XXI- about a Spanish contemporary movie and the way cinema portrays lesbian visibility.
She has given several lectures in academic conferences in the United States on the topic of the Spanish Civil War; a topic she is currently researching in preparation for a course at W&J.
In 2011 her Ph.D. dissertation on cinema adaptation and contemporary Spanish literature was published. Dos miradas, una historia reviews the process of adapting a best-seller Spanish contemporary novel (El Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez Reverte) into a movie (The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski).