Background and Education

Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez

Associate Professor of Spanish

Penn State University

York, PA 17403


Office: 203 ISTC

First, let me tell you a little about my background. I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After getting my BA in secondary education, I wanted to travel and learn about different cultures. I studied French language and literature in Lausanne, Switzerland, for a year and a half. Then, for two years I lived in Stockholm, Sweden, looking for my roots. I then came to the United States for my graduate studies in 1980.


BA: Secondary Education (English major), Buenos Aires, Argentina

MA: Spanish literature, the University of Pennsylvania

PhD.: Romance Languages (Spanish Literature) from the University of Pennsylvania (1990)

Teaching experience:

As far as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher, and teach is what I have done most of my life. I started as an assistant to my dancing teacher while I was in High School. Then I became a Certified Teacher of Scottish Dancing and taught at a private girls' school in Buenos Aires, while studying for my BA. I taught English and Spanish as a second language in Argentina, Switzerland, and Sweden for a period of four years.

In the United States, I was a Teaching Assistant of Spanish at Tulane University, New Orleans, and for several years at the University of Pennsylvania. I taught part-time in the Spanish Dept. at Dickinson College, and was also a full-time sabbatical replacement at Gettysburg College during two semesters.

I joined Penn State York in 1989, where I have been teaching Spanish language courses, courses on the culture and civilization of Spain and LatinAmerica, and literature courses in translation. I have travelled and lived in various Spanish-speaking countries, besides my native Argentina. I spent a year in Malaga, Spain, assisting a group of US college students in 1986-87. More recently, I directed Penn State's Summer Abroad Program in Puebla, Mexico, during seven weeks in 1995. The following year, I was invited to teach a summer course on Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature at the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. This was my first time teaching Mexican undergraduate and graduate students in their native Spanish about my field of research.


My research interests lie in Nineteenth Century Spanish Narrative. My dissertation was on Leopoldo Alas' short narrative. I have published articles in refereed journals on Leopoldo Alas (Clarin), Francisco Giner de los Rios, and Emilia Pardo Bazan.

In Fall 2002 I published a book, Emilia Pardo Bazan, "Cartas de la Condesa" en el Diario de la Marina, La Habana (1909-1915), Madrid:Ed.Pliegos,280 pages.2002.

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