Linda Bartlett

Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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A native of Euclid, Ohio, Linda Bartlett received degrees at Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia before joining the Furman faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. Now the Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, 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. She has served as the Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures since January 2017.


  • Award from the Division of Student Life in recognition of “outstanding dedication, leadership and commitment to the Furman University community” (June 2009)
  • Maiden Invitation Award (Administration), spring 2007 (“In recognition of providing a welcoming environment for all students at Furman University”)
  • Speaker, L.D. Johnson "What Really Matters" lecture series, spring 2007


  • Ph.D., in Spanish, University of Virginia
  • M.A., in Spanish, University of Virginia
  • B.A., Magna cum laude with Honors in Romance languages, Wake Forest University


Dr. Bartlett's 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 and representation of Spain and Spanish-speakers in the United States (17th-century to the present); and the representation of Spanish history in contemporary Spanish television.



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

Articles and Book Chapter

  • “Teaching History Through Television: Myth and Counter-Myth in Cuéntame cómo pasó. Invited chapter in Mito e historia en la televisión y el cine español, published by Editorial Albatros and distributed through its new series, Diálogos peninsulares, 2019

  • “Cars, Space, and the Dynamics of Power in Cuéntame cómo pasó,” Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, Vol. 41, issue 1 (5-22-2017), 1-18

  • “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

  • “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), 37-4

  • "'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)