Alvin F Sherman

Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3165 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Learning enlightens, enlivens, and engages the mind of both student and teacher as both strive for knowledge. The knowledge acquired may affirm a point of view, but most often engenders discomfort as the learner views the world through the lens of understanding. An understanding of diverse ideas, cultures and peoples deepens our faith, enriches our life and broadens our perspective. Learning, knowledge, and understanding prepare individuals to become involved and thoughtful world citizens.


My research has focused primarily on 18th- and 19th-century Spanish literature (poetry, theater, prose, and essay of the Enlightenment and Romanticism) as well as the 21st-century novel dealing with memory, trauma and the Spanish Civil War.

Other interests and courses include Medieval Literature and Literary Theory.

Selected Publications

  • “Implausible Deniability: History, Fiction and the Engima of Truth in Cercas’s El impostor” (Forthcoming in Miríada Hispánica, mss 21 pages).
  • “Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias: The Coming of Age in Post-Civil War Spain in Almudena Grandes’ El lector de Julio Verne” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. 96, no. 8, 2019, pp. 1289-1315.
  •  “Food, War, and National Identity in Almudena Grandes’ Inés y la alegría.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies. vol. 93, no. 2, pp. 255-274.
  • “Reading for Stimmung in Muñoz Molina’s Sefarad.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 39.2 (2015 Winter): 439-457.
  • “Meléndez Valdés’s Piano: The ‘Fetishized’ Gaze in Galatea o la ilusión del canto,” Dieciocho 28.1 (2005): 91-101.
  • “Torres Villarroel and the Rhetoric of the Sublime.” Hispanófila 138 (2003): 27-42.
  • “Rereading Unamuno.” Crítica Hispánica 21.1-2 (1999): 119-132. (Invited Publication)
  • “Espronceda, Androgyny and the Quest for the Romantic Self.” Crítica Hispánica 18.1 (1996): 111-23.
  •  “Confrontation and the Forces of Will in Borges’s ‘Guayaquil’.” In La Chispa ‘89. Selected Proceedings. Edited by Gilbert Paolini. New Orleans: Tulane U.P., 1989. 297-303.


  •  Service provides faculty with the opportunity to see beyond their department and individual interests.
  • Service is a vehicle by which the university brings the broader campus community into dialogue on matters of significance to students, faculty and administrators.
  • Service turns a faculty member into a scholar-citizen who is able to take her or his skills and apply them in ways that enhance and sustain the mission of the institution.

Citizenship assignments

  • Director, Academic Unit Review, Planning and Assessment (Brigham Young University, 2018 – Present)
  •  Chair, Department Rank and Status Committee (Brigham Young University, 2013 – 2017)
  •  Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Brigham Young University, 2005 – 2011)
  • Associate Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Brigham Young University, 2003 – 2005)
  •  Chairperson / Organizer, “Framing the Quixote”: A Conference to Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of Don Quijote de la Mancha (November 2005)
  •  Mentor, Images of Don Quixote: Magic, Frames, and Imagined Possibilities. Mentored students from SPAN 444/644 (Don Quixote) class in designing and writing text for exhibit in collaboration with Megan Collins and Marian Wardle (Curator BYU Museum of Art) (2004 – 2005)
  •  Associate Director, Spanish Resource Center (Brigham Young University, 1999-2005)
  • Administrative Assistant, NEH Seminar for High School Teachers entitled “Spanish Art and the Theater It Inspired,” Madrid SPAIN. Under the direction of John R. Rosenberg, Brigham Young University (2004)

Study Abroad Director:

  • Spain (Spring 2015)
  • Spain (Spring 2008)
  • Spain (Fall 2002)
  • Spain, Co-Director (Spring 2000)

Office Hours:
MWF 9:00a - 10:30a
3165 JFSB