Foreign Languages
College of Arts and Humanities


Jobs: Limited Term Instructor of French

Limited Term Instructor of French

SECCLL & Coastal Review CfP

Consider submitting proposals for presentation or publication for the next Southeast Coastal Conference on Language and Literature” (SECCLL) and the subsequent “Coastal Review” (CR) journal issue, respectively.

Student and programs highlighted in Effingham Herald

Our student Nathan Carpenter was featured in an article in the Effingham Herald which describes our study abroad program in Morocco and learning Arabic and Spanish at GSU (

GSU, FL, Study Abroad in the News at la Universidad del Norte in Colombia

It might interest you to see our students in the university news in Barranquilla, Colombia. (article in Spanish; Thanks to Dr. Angela Pinilla-Herrera for leading our first study abroad trip to the Universidad del Norte.

Dr. McGrath on Cervantes’ spirituality

Dr. Michael McGrath’s Don Quixote and Catholicism: Rereading Cervantine Spirituality will be published by Purdue UP. The following is the summary of the book and the biographical blurb the press will use in marketing the book.


Four hundred years since its publication, Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote continues to inspire and to challenge its readers. The universal and timeless appeal of the novel, however, has distanced its hero from its author and its author from his own life and the time in which he lived. The discussion of the novel’s Catholic identity, therefore, is based on a reading that returns Cervantes’s hero to Cervantes’s text and Cervantes to the events that most shaped his life. The authors and texts McGrath cites, as well as his arguments and interpretations, are mediated by his religious sensibility. Consequently, he proposes that his study represents one way of interpreting Don Quixote and acts as a complement to other approaches. It is McGrath’s assertion that the religiosity and spirituality of Cervantes’s masterpiece illustrate that Don Quixote is inseparable from the teachings of Catholic orthodoxy. Furthermore, he argues that Cervantes’s spirituality is as diverse as early modern Catholicism. McGrath does not believe that the novel is primarily a religious or even a serious text, and he considers his arguments through the lens of Cervantine irony, satire, and multiperspectivism. As a Roman Catholic who is a Hispanist, McGrath proposes to reclaim Cervantes’s Catholicity from the interpretive tradition that ascribes a predominantly Erasmian reading of the novel. When the totality of biographical and sociohistorical events and influences that shaped Cervantes’s religiosity are considered, the result is a new appreciation of the novel’s moral didactic and spiritual orientation.


Michael J. McGrath is a professor of Spanish at Georgia Southern University and a corresponding fellow of the San Quirce Royal Academy of History and Art in Segovia, Spain. His research focuses on early modern Spanish life and literature, with special emphasis on cultural studies, the comediaDon Quixote, and intellectual history. He is the author of more than sixty publications, including two books based on archival research, La vida urbana en Segovia: Historia de una ciudad barroca en sus documentos and Teatro y fiesta en la ciudad de Segovia (siglos XVIII y XIX); editions of four of Miguel de Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares;plays by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, María de Zayas, and Diego de San Pedro; articles that have appeared in the journals CervantesComedia PerformanceBulletin of ComediantesEstudios SegovianoseHumanista, and Romance Quarterly; several book chapters; and over twenty book reviews. He has been the editor of Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs since 2008.

Ems-Bléneau review published

Dr. Virginie Ems-Bleneau’s book review of CICCHELLI and OCTOBRE’s Aesthetico-Cultural Cosmopolitanism and French Youth: The Taste of the World has been accepted for publication in the French Review 93.1.

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