A native of Euclid, Ohio, Linda Bartlett completed degrees in Spanish at Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia before joining the Furman faculty in 1991. A peninsularist, her teaching and research interests include late 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish literature (especially Juan Ramón Jiménez, Miguel de Unamuno and the "Generation of 1898"), the image of Spain in the United States (17th-century to the present), and the problem of historical memory in contemporary Spain. She teaches courses in language, literature, and culture at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels, and has co-directed Furman's study away program in Madrid several times.

In addition to her work as a faculty member, Dr. Bartlett also has had significant experience in academic administration, serving as Furman's Assistant Academic Dean (1999-2001), Associate Academic Dean (2001-2009), and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean (2006-2007) before returning to full-time teaching in 2009.

Experience Abroad:

Since spending a semester studying as an undergraduate at the Universidad de Salamanca, Dr. Bartlett has returned to Spain many times for personal and professional travel. In addition to co-directing the Madrid program, she has also traveled to Cuba and Northern Ireland with Furman students and colleagues under the auspices of the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.


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Spain in the U.S. Imagination

Identification and examination of notions and representations of Spain in the United States from the seventeenth-century forward. Using a variety of texts and media, the course will consider causes and motivations for the varying and often contrasting impressions of Spain which have persistently dominated US thought throughout its history.


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.


Composition and Conversation

Emphasis on idiomatic expression through guided oral and written practice. Review of basic phonology, grammar and syntax included.


Spanish Civilization

Survey of the culture and civilization of Spain. Areas of study include history, geography, politics, the arts, daily life, traditions, and cultural values.


Spanish Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television help focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to Hispanic society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. Spanish is used for all discussions and written work.


Spanish Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television help focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to Hispanic society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. Spanish is used for all discussions and written work.


Intro to Literary Analysis

Introduction to the analysis of literary texts written in Spanish. Emphasis on techniques for analyzing the for major genres (narrative, drama, poetry, essay), as well as in-depth study of relevant representative texts. Includes a general introduction to the study of literature through the lens of literary periods or movements.


Survey Spanish Literature II

Survey of the major movements, principal authors, and representative works in Spanish literature since 1700.


Readings in Spanish Literature

In-depth focus on a period, movement, author, or genre. Possible topics include: Spanish Picaresque Literature, Literature after the Spanish Civil War, Twentieth Century Spanish Drama, etc. May be repeated once with change of topic.


Studies in Hispanic Civ

Close examination of a particular aspect of Hispanic civilization through a variety of disciplinary perspectives and media. Critical assessment of phenomena of cultural importance in Spain and/or Latin America. May be repeated for credit with a change of instructor/topic.

I strive to inspire students to love the pursuit of knowledge and to encourage and equip them to become better learners, not just about my discipline, but in every aspect of their lives. My goal is to engage students fully with their own education, to move them from passive observers to active participants, and to help them develop their reasoning, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Focused engagement with the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world is an excellent means of achieving not only these goals, but also of preparing students to better understand and flourish in a globalized world. For me, an effective foreign language classroom at any level is simultaneously a simulated immersion environment and a comfortable space for students to hone their communicative and interpretative skills through guided interactions in the target language with their teacher, their peers, and meaningful texts, both written and visual. Plus, it's just plain fun!

  • Literatura española «fin de siglo»: Texto, contexto y crítica, college-level literary anthology. Co-authored with Mark P. Del Mastro. McGraw-Hill, 1998

  • "Room for Doubt: 'Saduceísmo' in El Cristo de Velázquez," Ojáncano, 38 (octubre 2010), 75-87

  • "In Praise of Tears: Pain and Poetry in Arias tristes," Modernisms and Modernities: Studies in Honor of Donald L. Shaw. Ed. Susan Carvalho. Juan de la Cuesta Monographs, 2005, 73-90

  • "The Sanctity of the Creative Act in El Cristo de Velázquez," Hispanic Journal, xxi.1 (2000), 37-45

  • "'Si tú te llamaras Babel...': Love Poetry, Parody and Irony in Tres tristes tigres," Siglo XX/Twentieth Century (1990-91), 31-40 (as Linda R. Boone)

  • “Television as Textbook: Cuéntame cómo pasó in the Spanish (Literature) Classroom (co-authored with Lourdes Manyé), Hispania, 98.3 (2015), 511-521

  • “Unamuno’s Existential Thermodynamics,” Ometeca, Vol. XXII (2015), 24-34​

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