Dr. Heidi A. Backes



Department

Modern and Classical Languages
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Modern and Classical Languages
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Details

Education

  • PhD, Modern Spanish Peninsular Literature, 2011, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MA, Foreign Language and Literature—Spanish Literature, 2007, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • BA, Spanish, 2004, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Teaching

  • SPN 205 Spanish Conversation
  • SPN 312 Spanish Composition
  • SPN 320 Hispanic Cinema
  • SPN 325 Spanish Civilization
  • SPN 410 Intro to Spanish Translation
  • SPN 450 Survey of Peninsular Literature
  • SPN 495 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar (“Franquismo in Spanish Visual and Print Culture”)
  • SPN 725 Graduate Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor of Spanish, Missouri State University, 2016-present
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Drury University, 2012-2016
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2011-2012

Professional affiliations

  • International Gothic Association (IGA)
  • Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA)

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Review of Spanish Vampire Fiction Since 1900: Blood Relations, by Abigail Lee Six. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. 97, no. 2, May 2020.
  • Rhetorical Monstrosity and Female Agency in Adelaida García Morales’s El Sur. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 96, no. 7, 2019, pp. 731-745.
  • Shared Trauma: Historical Memory and the Doppelgänger in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind. Aeternum: Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 49-63.

Research and professional interests

  • Spanish Gothic fiction
  • Neo-gothic literary representations of the Franco dictatorship
  • Spanish women writers
  • Comparative literature

Awards and honors

  • Maroon and White Banquet Faculty Mentor, 2020
  • International Travel Grant from MSU Graduate College, 2019
  • COAL New Faculty Summer Research Award, 2017
  • Finalist, SGA Faculty Member of the Year, Drury University, 2016
  • President’s Award of Excellence, Drury University, 2016
  • Faculty Spotlight Award, Drury University, 2015