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Anna Torres Cacoullos
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Anna is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish literature whose primary research interests include: 20th century Peninsular literature, modernist aesethics and the Spanish avant-garde, early silent film, philosophy, and transatlantic modernist studies. She received her B.A. (2013) in Spanish and Comparative Literature from Penn State, and her M.A. (2016) in Spanish literature in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Penn State.  

Her dissertation, Writing with Cinema: Facing the Screen and Page in Modernist Spain, under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Fernández-Medina, repositions modernist literature’s formal experimentation in the early 20th century in Spain alongside the emergence of cinema. Her research argues that literary experimentation with cinema’s visual mode and narrative strategies of early silent film was manifest in the production of authentically “new” and original fictional texts that were hybrid literary-cinematographic forms: novel-films, pseudo screenplays, and cinematographic novels.

Her work has been published in The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and The Bulletin of Spanish Studies and presented at a number of venues including the University of Kentucky’s Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference and the Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference. She has been the recipient of departmental and college research awards, including a predoctoral fellowship through the Center of Humanities and Information (2018-2019), and a Superior Teaching and Research Award (STAR) in the College of Liberal Arts (2016).

Anna has taught intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses in the Spanish Basic Language Program (SBLP) at Penn State, in addition to 200-level introductory survey courses on Hispanic literature. She will be teaching in the Comparative Literature department in the Fall on the “Literatures of the Americas.” In the past she has served as Content Supervisor of Spanish 3 in SBLP, and has co-directed and taught in the Penn State summer study abroad program in Ronda, Spain.