Joan M. Hoffman, PhD

Professor of Spanish, Study Abroad Advisor/Spanish, Summer Advisor/Spanish, Point Person for Spanish Outreach


Professor of Spanish; Study-Abroad Advisor/Spanish; Summer Advisor/Spanish

Point Person for Spanish Outreach: Feel free to contact me if your department, program, or organization has an event or activity that may be of interest to our Spanish students.


B.A., University of Washington 

M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ph.D., Indiana University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century Spanish Realism; Spanish Women Writers; Spanish Civil War; Narrative; Drama

Current Courses

Academic Year 2024-25:

Fall: SPAN 301; SPAN 351; SPAN 401

Winter: SPAN 302; SPAN 331; SPAN 425

Spring: SPAN 340



Selected Publications

La otra historia: Antología de autoras españolas, 2nd edition of Voces femeninas de España:Una antología, Cognella Academic Publishing, 2024. ISBN: 9781793561565, 270 pp.

Voces femeninas de España: Una antología, Penélope Academic Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9960375-0-1, 282 pp.

 "The Solitude of Her Suffering: On Trauma and Treasures in Ana María Matute’s 'Fausto,'"L’Érudit franco-espagnol, vol. 17, 2023, pp. 28-37,

"'Una señorita de Figueras' with a 'temple verdaderamente varonil': Ángel Guerra  and the Tortured Marketing of Víctor Català." Espacios de encuentro e identidad: Actas seleccionadas del Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU [Spanish Professionals in America], ALDEEU, 2019, pp. 241-55.

"On Tragedy and Triumph: Further Comparisons of Yerma and Burning  Bright." Hispanic Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 101-12.

"The Death of the Angel: A Mother's 'Failure' in Los Pazos de Ulloa and a Daughter's 'Success' in La madre naturaleza." Hispanic Journal, vol. 37, no. 1, Spring 2016, pp. 109-25.

 "'Playing With the Big Boys': Some Thoughts on the Literary Sisterhood of María de Zayas and Emilia Pardo Bazán." Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh 2008,  pp. 103-17.

"'She loves with love that cannot tire': The Image of the Angel in the House Across Cultures and Across Time." Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 42, no. 2, 2007, pp. 264-71.

 "There Goes the Groom: Men, Marriage, and Identity in Selected Stories by  Emilia Pardo Bazán." Letras Peninsulares, vol. 17, no. 3, Fall and Winter 2004-05, pp. 415-25.

"Ruecas into Espadas, Almohadillas into Libros: Subversion in María de Zayas's'La fuerza del amor.'" Hispanic Journal, vol.27, no. 1, Spring 2006, pp. 37-46.

"'¿Qué era?': La imagen del vestido en La desheredada." Romance Notes, vol. 45, no. 1, 2004, pp. 125-28.

"'¡Si no fuese por el decoro!': Emilia Pardo Bazán's Working Girls and the Polite Fiction of the Domestic Ideal." Hispanófila, vol. 142, Sept. 2004, pp. 43-54.

"'That much I learned from my mother': Shaping the Mother-Daughter Relationship in Julia Alvarez's In the Name of Salomé." Hispanic Journal, vol. 23, no. 2, Fall 2002, pp. 119-31.

"Of Broken Fans and Cigarette Butts: Emilia Pardo Bazán Jostles the Traditional Courtship Plot." Hispanic Journal, vol. 22, no. 2, Fall 2001, pp. 401-11.

"'Hope is the last to die': The Quixotic Adventure of Esperanza's Box of Saints." The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe, vol. 25, no, 2, May-Aug. 2000, pp. 163-71.

"Torn Lace and Other Transformations: Rewriting the Bride's Script in Selected    Stories by Emilia Pardo Bazán." Hispania: A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, vol. 82, no. 2, May 1999, pp. 238-45.

"'She wants to be called Yolanda now': Identity, Language, and the Third Sister in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents." The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe, vol. 23, no. 1, Jan.-Apr. 1998, pp. 21-7.

"Not So Happily Ever After: Rewriting the Courtship Plot in Tristana." Revista hispánica moderna, vol. 48, no. 1, June 1995, pp. 43-53.