Francesca De Santis (Anna)

I was born in Rome, Italy, and I completed my education journey in Italy, Spain, and the US.

I am an Assistant Professor at Luther College, teaching classes in Spanish and Italian.

My research focus is Peninsular Spanish Literature, with a special interest in satirical and burlesque poetry of the Golden Age. 

In my publications I explore many different topics such as misogynist and anticlerical satire, textual criticism, as well as traditional and manuscript poetry. I am currently focusing on the study of Miguel de Cervantes' poetry and its textual transmission.

In 2012 I was titled collaborator of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española).

Before joining Luther College I taught Spanish Language and Literature at the Pennsylvania State University and at the University of Rome "La Sapienza."

At Luther I started an annual Spanish Talent Show where we try to promote the Spanish or Latino Culture through the students' performances.

Music is an important part of my life. I love singing (in different languages, of course!) when I have the chance to do it. I also use pop music and songs in my classes for learning activities.

In my free time I like to dance Latin dances like bachata, salsa, merengue and cumbia. I am also a member of the Rochester Salsa Community.

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