Alessia Dalsant, Ph.D.

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Coordinator of Modern Languages

Modern Languages Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Yale University
MPhil, Spanish Literature, Yale University, with honors
M.A., Spanish Literature, Yale University
M.A., Spanish Literature, Hunter College
B.A., Spanish Literature, Hunter College, Summa Cum Laude

About Alessia

Doctor Dalsant has taught a variety of language courses in New York, at Yale University, and at the University of New Haven.

As a language teacher, she is interested in second language acquisition and in developing courses that cater to students’ specific needs, such as Spanish for Health Care and Conversational Spanish.

As a literary scholar, her research focuses on medieval and early modern Spanish literature with a particular focus on cross-cultural and cross-lingual interactions among the three Abrahamic religions in the Mediterranean area. She is further interested in the continuity of medieval topics in contemporary literature, notably in Latin America.

In addition to her main focus on Spanish language and culture, Doctor Dalsant is currently exploring a side project on Italian literature of migration and modern Diasporas to and from Italy.

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Research and Teaching Interests
  • All levels of Spanish Language Coursework
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Medieval Iberian Literature and Literature of al-Andalus
  • Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages
  • Representation of Women in Medieval and Early Modern European Literature Representation of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Literature
  • Spanish for Health Care
  • Italian Culture
  • Italian Literature of Migration and Exile
Academic Positions
  • Coordinator of the Modern Languages Program, University of New Haven

"Sendebar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 February 2016
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“Lo abyecto vs. lo sagrado: los siete pecados capitales y la naturaleza en La Charca de Manuel Zeno Gandía” Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. LXXIX, Núms. 244-245, Julio-Diciembre 2013, 797-816.

“La aegritudo amoris y la Edad Media en El amor en los tiempos del cólera de Gabriel García Márquez” (in preparation).

Conference Talks

“Bridging the Atlantic: the Frame Tale Genre and the Creation of Infinite Books”
Guest Lecturer invited by Salve Regina University, March 3, 2015.

“A Labyrinth of Stories: from the Arabian Nights to Jorge Luis Borges”
Guest Lecturer invited by the University of Buffalo- SUNY, February 10, 2014.

“The wisdom of women in the Sendebar
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Vancouver, WA, October 10-12 2013.

“Los siete pecados capitales en La Charca de Manuel Zeno Gandía”
New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), 2012 Annual Meeting: Yale University, New Haven, CT, November 3rd, 2012.

“Language studies: Enhancing career opportunities, enriching lives”
Guest speaker in World Language panel at the University of New Haven, CT, Fall 2012.

“Framing women: representations of women in the Spanish framed tale tradition
64th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 14-16 2011.

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