April Overstreet

Associate Professor of Spanish

Education

PhD, Romance Languages (Spanish), University of Michigan

Bio

Professor Overstreet came to Willamette after holding temporary visiting positions at the University of Iowa and Williams College. An enrolled member of the Muscogee/Creek nation, Dr. Overstreet has focused her scholarship on contemporary fiction from Spain, particularly by women authors. Among the areas of her scholarship focus, Professor Overstreet has conducted interviews with authors Luis Landero, Alicia Giménez Bartlett and Almudena Grandes. Recently she has expanded her research into the area of literature of the economic, political and social crises in Spain starting in 2008.

Research

Professor Overstreet focuses on contemporary Peninsular (Spanish) fiction, especially by women authors. Sub specialties include Picaresque, Post-Spanish Civil War narrative, Spanish detective fiction (la novela detectivesca/policiaca) and the "novela de la crisis" or novels and art of "la crisis" of 2008.

Courses

Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 232)

Spanish Composition and Discussion (SPAN 331W)

Cultural Institutions of Spain (SPAN 335)

Introduction to Spanish Literature (SPAN 340)

Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (SPAN/WGS 438)

Topics in Modern and Contemporary Peninsular Literature (SPAN 446)