I have been a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures since 2004. I teach Spanish language and Spanish-American literature and culture courses at all levels. I have directed or co-directed MLL’s programs in Spain and Chile. I have also been heavily involved with Furman’s interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies. Most of my published research has focused on the Hispanic Caribbean.

I am interested in treatments of race and ethnicity in Latin American literature, in particular the Hispanic Caribbean. I have developed a series of courses exploring these areas, including a readings course in Spanish-American literature (SPN 460: The Plantation: Sugar, Race, Nation), a first-year writing seminar (FYW 1186: Sugar and Slavery in the Caribbean), and a Latin American Studies capstone seminar on race and ethnicity in Latin America (LAS 470). Other recent upper-level offerings include a course on García Márquez’s seminal Cien años de soledad (SPN 440) and a course on the maestros of the Spanish-American short story (SPN 448). I am presently at work on developing a 400-level course titled Introduction to US Latino/a Studies.

I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Furman in 2000. I completed my graduate work in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, earning M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Latin American literature. My doctoral research focused on the confluence of literary and social scientific interpretations of race in the Cuban Republic (1902-1958).

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Caribbean Sugar and Slavery

With a primary focus on Cuba, this course will examine the Caribbean sugar plantation from 1492 through the 1990s. In addition to exploring the historical, political, and economic underpinnings of sugar monoculture, the course will highlight representations of the plantation in select works of fiction, essay and film.


Magical Spanish America

The Spanish-American narrative from the 1950s to present day, with particular focus on the magical, marvelous and the fantastic including an exploration of the function of magical realism within a Latin American context, paying special attention to literary representations of gender, class, national, religious and racial identities.


Issues in Latin America

Capstone course for the Latin American Studies concentration. Thematic focus varies depending on interest and expertise of the instructor. Past topics have included sustainable development, current politics, and the intersection of literature and history. Course is taught in English and is recommended for juniors and seniors


Elementary Spanish I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. An appreciation of Spanish-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.


Intensive Elementary Spanish

Designed to prepare students with some background in Spanish for the first intermediate level course.


Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in first elementary course, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences.


Intermediate Spanish I

Continuation of the development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding the reading and writing skills.


Intro to Spanish Readings

Builds upon the basic skills developed through the first intermediate course. By reading numerous short works of fiction and nonfiction and through discussions and short written assignments in Spanish, students enhance their critical listening, speaking, reading, writing skills while expanding vocabulary and cultural skills necessary for further study.


Latin American Civilization

Introduction to Latin America through its Iberian, indigenous, and African heritage; its social institutions; its religious and social customs, festivals, and folklore; its languages and other systems of communication; its literature and arts; and its diversions and cuisine.


Survey of Spanish Amer Lit

Introduction to the major authors and representative works of Spanish America, with concentration on the age of Modernism to the present.


Spanish American Narrative

The development of the Spanish-American narrative from the period of Discovery and Conquest to the present, with emphasis on contemporary writing. Indigenous works such as the Mayan Popol Vuh are also considered. Examination of historiography, the essay, novels, and short stories.


Spanish-American Short Story

In-depth consideration of the development of the short story in Spanish America, with a primary focus on the definitive works of the Twentieth Century by authors such as Borges, Cortazar, Garcma Marquez, and Valenzuela. Includes a brief overview of short fiction in colonial and nineteenth-century Spanish America.

I have been named President of the 2014 Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, which Furman will host in October 2014. I am coordinating the conference with Professor Marianne Bessy (MLL, French).

  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Imagining Cuba in Hijuelos's A Simple Habana Melody." Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Latino Production. 2.3 (Fall 2012): 1-17.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Why Is No One Talking about Memoria de mis putas tristes?" South Atlantic Review 76.1 (2011): 113-128.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Deciphering Sedition in Sab: Avellaneda's Transient Engagement with Abolitionism." Romance Quarterly 57.3 (2010): 183-204.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Finding a Place for ¡Ecué-Yamba-O!: Carpentier's Tenuous Dialogue with Afrocubanismo." Romance Notes 49.3. (2009): 313-322.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Black Aesthetic/White Poets: The Vogue of 'Afro-Cuban Poetry' in the Republic." Latin American Literary Review XXXVII 74 (2009): 38-62.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Race and Resistance in Del amor y otros demonios." The Latin Americanist 53.4 (2009): 49-70.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Performing the Mulatto Paradox in Arriví's Vejigantes." Latin American Theatre Review 41.2 (2008): 17-28.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "La polémica del esteticismo en la poesía modernista de Luis Lloréns Torres." La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 9 (2004): 1-15.
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