Marlene Gottlieb

Marlene Gottlieb


Department : Modern Language & Literature

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Phone : 718-862-7341

Office : MEM 407


PHD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, CUNY Hunter College


I am a professor of Spanish with a specialization in contemporary Latin American poetry. I am also interested in modernism, the Don Juan figure, Borges, antipoetry, and linguistics. I have published extensively in these areas. I love teaching both language and literature and have taught a wide variety of courses. As chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures I seek to broaden the languages our department offers and to encourage students to develop proficiency in at least one language other than English and an appreciation for the culture of the countries where that language is spoken. I am committed to the Lasallian mission of social justice and service to our local and world community. In my personal life I spend a great deal of time with my three grown children and my three grandchildren. I travel frequently to Spain and Latin America as well as throughout Europe. I love New York City and the lively and diverse cultural events the city has to offer, and I regularly attend concerts, lectures, theater productions, and art exhibits.


  • Contemporary Latin American Poetry (especially Chilean poetry), Modernismo, Theme of Don Juan
  • Antipoetry of Nicanor Parra, Pablo Neruda, Benjamín Morgado and runrunismo, Dramatic Monologue in Hispanic Poetry, Ezra Pound in Latin America

Publications & Professional Activities


  • Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra Face To Face .Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997.
  • Las revistas modernistas de Francisco Villaespesa. Granada: Editorial Anel, 1995. Critical Edition.
  • Nicanor Parra: Antes y Después de Jesucristo. Princeton: Linden Lane Press, 1993. Critical Anthology.
  • El Burlador de Sevilla of Francisco Villaespesa. Seville: Editoriales Andaluzas Unidas,1986. Critical edition.
  • No se termina nunca de nacer: La poesía de Nicanor Parra. Madrid: Playor, 1977.


  • Co-authored with Armand Singer. A Final Supplement to the Don Juan Theme. Morgantown: University of West Virginia Monographs, 2003.

Selected Articles:

  • “Don Juan from a Feminist Perspective.” Philological Papers, 54 (2011): 29-38. 
  • “The Dramatic Monologue in the Poetry of Jorge Luis Borges.” Variaciones Borges, 30 (2010): 59-81.
  • “Villaespesa en Latinoamérica” in Andújar Almansa, José and José Luis López Bretones (eds.). Villaespesa y las poéticas del modernismo. Almería: Universidad de Almería, 2004: 335-353.
  • “El verbo poético, politico y religioso de Ernesto Cardenal”. Cuadernos de ALDEEU, XX, 1(Abril 2004): 112-20.
  • “El monólogo dramatico en la poesía de Patricio Lerzundi”, in Toscano Liria, Nicolás, Carmen Fernández Klohe, Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Rafael Corbalán Torres, Oneida Sánchez (eds.) Presencia Hispánica en los Estados Unidos. New York: St. John’s University, 2003.
  • “Estructura rítmica de Hay un país en el mundo de Pedro Mir". CiberLetras, vol. 4. 2000.
  • “El poema dialógico: Género híbrido finisecular”, Actas del XXXII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Santiago de Chile, June 30, 1998. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2000:89-96.
  • “Enrique Lihn y la antipoesía”, América Hispánica, 15-16 (jan-dez 1996): 173-189.
  • El Burlador de la Pampa y otros don Juanes sudamericanos”, Crítica Hispánica, vol. 18, 1 (1996): 177-185.
  • “Nicanor Parra o el método del discurso”, Atenea, 473 (1996): 71-94.
  • “ 'El solterón' de Leopoldo Lugones y 'The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock' de T.S. Eliot: dos metáforas del tiempo”, América Hispánica, VII, 11-12 (jan-dez 1994): 93-97.
  • “ 'Tango del viudo': Texto, contexto, intertexto”, América Hispánica , VI, 10 (jul-dez. 1993): 47-60.
  • “Mayakovsky in the Hispanic World”, Proceedings of the Mayakovsky Centennial. New York: Lehman College, 1993.


Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1965
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award for Postsecondary Foreign Language, NYSAFLT (New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers), 2003
  • Serves on Editorial Board of Ciberletras and Revista Hostosiana

Courses Taught/Teaching

SPAN 210      Writing Spanish
SPAN 219      Keeping Spanish Alive
SPAN 307      Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 318      Spanish for Health Personnel
SPAN 320      Special Topics:Translation
SPAN 341      Spanish American Civilization
SPAN 350      Masterworks in Spanish I
SPAN 351      Masterworks in Spanish II
SPAN 420      SpanSem:Novels of Vargas Llosa
SPAN 420      SpanSem: Borges
SPAN 423      Great Hispanic Poets
SPAN 424      The Modern Novel in Spain and Spanish America
SPAN 435      Spanish-American Short Fiction
SPAN 460      Independent Study