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Languages and Cultures

Dr. Jerry Williams

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019

Jerome M. Williams

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  • Professor of Languages & Chairperson
  • M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
  • B.A., Haverford College

Our Department announces the retirement of Dr. Jerry Williams as of January 2016. Dr. Williams has served the Department for many years as its Chairperson and a member of the Spanish section. Under his leadership, our Department has not only grown, but also flourished. We thank him for his invaluable contribution, and we wish him a wonderful retirement.

Research Interests

Colonial Brazil, religious iconography, and sixteenth- and eighteenth-century Latin America, the Inquisition in the Americas

Recent Publications/Activities

  • Eighteenth-Century Oratory and Poetic Contests in Peru (Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2009)
  • Co-editor of Bajo en cielo peruano: The Devout World of Peralta Barnuevo: La Galeria de la Omnipotencia and Pasión y Triunfo de Cristo (U. of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, 2008)
  • "The Spirit of Literary Collaboration in Bermúdez de la'Torre and Peralta Barnuevo" in Dieciocho. (Spring 2010, num. 33.1). 7-46
  • "The Repression of CryptoJews in Lima: The Sacrifice of Ana de Castro," Shippensburg Journal of Modern Languages (issue 1, Fall 2009). 55-70.
  • "Popularizing the Ethic of Conquest: Peralta Barnuevo's Historia de EspaƱa vindicada" in Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities. Eds. Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA. University of North Carolina Press, 2009, 412-41.

Classes Regularly Taught

Advanced Readings (315), Survey of Latin American Literature (331), Survey of Spanish Literature (330), Latin American Theatre (411/544), Colonial Latin American Literature (541), and Latin American Short Story (Seminar 446/556).