¡Bienvenidos a mi sitio web! 

Betsy in GijonI am a professor of Spanish language, literature and culture at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia (USA).  I have a research specialty in literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Spain, especially as it deals with issues of gender, but as a professor in a small liberal arts public university I have the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses from beginning Spanish language, to courses on the culture of service and social action in Spain and Latin America! As I develop and maintain this page, I hope to provide not only information about my teaching and research, but also share with you some resources and other helpful information that might be of interest, whether you’re a current, past, or future student, or another  hispanófilo interested in similar topics as I am: Spanish eighteenth and nineteenth century, undergraduate teaching  and undergraduate research, service learning, digital pedagogy and digital humanities. Feel free to contact me directly at my email  , or comment below



Recent posts from my blog “Bosquejos”


Reflections on teaching and research

Last feed update: Thursday March 23rd, 2017 11:32:34 PM

Bienvenidos al nuevo semestre de Escritura Avanzada

Wednesday January 18th, 2017 01:58:38 PM admin
Bienvenidos a un nuevo semestre, y al curso de escritura avanzada, Español 413, en la Universidad de Mary Washington (Virginia, USA). Hace 3 años que no he dado este curso, debido a mis responsabilidades como Chair del Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas Modernas. Estoy muy emocionada de volver al curso, … Continue reading

DQ, imitation, GIFs and plagiarism

Friday September 25th, 2015 03:47:50 AM admin
  make animated gifs like this at MakeaGif This week in my freshman seminar Digital Don Quixote, we are addressing the question of copyrights, Creative Commons and plagiarism at the same time we have been reading chapters 7-9 of Part 1—the iconic windmill scene followed by the less well known … Continue reading

Another Year With Don Quij(x)ote

Friday September 4th, 2015 02:40:10 AM admin
I am embarassed that it’s been 5 months since I last blogged. Last spring semester was a whirlwind of teaching, committee meetings, chair duties, and conferences. Spring turned to summer with more of the same. We also experienced a terrible tragedy on our campus right at the end of the … Continue reading

Maps, Travelers and the “Real” Don Quijote

Friday March 20th, 2015 04:41:30 PM admin
Here are the slides that I used in this presentation to the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies meeting in Los Angeles, CA March 20, 2015.

My year with Don Quijote

Friday February 20th, 2015 06:53:34 AM admin
I’m halfway through my special year with Don Quijote, and I really need to reflect on the first-year seminar (FSEM) I gave last semester in English Digital Don Quixote–its successes and where I had some problems–along with my first impressions of an advanced undergraduate seminar in Spanish I’ve just begun … Continue reading

Using Voyeur text analysis tool with Feijoo

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 05:55:31 PM admin
Today I played around with a tool in its beta stage–Voyeur, a tool for web-based text analysis (http://voyant-tools.org/). I copied the first part of Fray Benito Feijoo’s 1726 essay “Defensa de las mujeres” (published in his collection Teatro crítico universal). The tool generated the word cloud below. The most frequent words are … Continue reading

Don Quijote Digital: Two Experimental Seminars to Celebrate 400 Years of Innovation

Thursday October 16th, 2014 07:21:46 PM admin
This is a copy of remarks I’ll be making at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at Furman University in Greenville, SC this Saturday, October 18th, 2014. In this brief presentation I will share some ideas and plans that I have in place to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the … Continue reading

Don Quixote and (Digital) Identity

Monday August 25th, 2014 07:27:07 PM admin
I just had a great first day of classes!! I’m teaching two courses this semester–one I teach every semester, but love it every time (Spanish 323, Introducción a la literatura española), and the other is a brand new first-year seminar I’m calling “Digital Don Quixote” which will using the novel … Continue reading

Humanidades Digitales en español: What I learned at the Segundo Encuentro de Humanidades Digitales

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 01:16:58 PM admin
I’ve just returned from my first digital humanities conference, the Segundo Encuentro de Humanidades Digitales (2EHD) hosted by the RedHD (a group based in the Universidad Autónoma de México-UNAM) at the Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City. While I had attended some sessions at MLA and ASECS on digital humanities before, … Continue reading

Digital Scholars Institute at Mary Washington

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 06:50:51 PM admin
I’m blogging this time in English after a few months of Spanish-only, to share with my non-Spanish-speaking colleagues some of my work and ideas about digital scholarship as I practice it. This semester I’ve been participating in Mary Washington’s Digital Scholars Institute a group of faculty interested in digital issues related to … Continue reading

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