Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Assistant Professor in Spanish
Ettinger 102D
Office: 484-664-3968
Fax: 484-664-3722
mirnatrauger@muhlenberg.edu


Education:

  • B.A. Spanish and French, Moravian College
  • M.A. Spanish, Rutgers University
  • Ph.D. Spanish (Hispanic Caribbean Literature), Rutgers University

Teaching Interests:

I teach Spanish and Latin American literature and culture because I believe language learning is a way for my students to build bridges and make connections across cultures, both in the U.S. as well as abroad. I agree with Nelson Mandela who once wisely said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. Learning a second language can be a powerful tool in bringing humans together, and in teaching students to appreciate and respect diversity.

My language teaching pedagogy is not only based on the development of all four language skills—listening, reading, writing, and speaking—but also integrates cultural knowledge. It is important for my students to know that a language does not exist in a vacuum, that they will not truly “know” a language unless they know the contexts in which it is spoken and the cultural practices of those who speak it. My goal in every class is for my students to see language learning as an asset to their future career and to their personal growth.

I believe in leveling the playing field in the language classroom so that students of all capacities and learning styles can succeed. For that reason, some of my most recent research has centered on exploring the best pedagogies for teaching students with physical, learning, and emotional challenges. Implementing the paradigm of Universal Design for Learning, developed by the Center for Applied Special Technology, is useful for instructing students with diverse learning styles and promotes equal access to learning. I believe that everyone can excel in the language classroom if given the right environment and tools.

Primary Area of Specialization:

20th and 21st Century Hispanic Caribbean literature, postmodern writing and theory.

Research and Scholarship Interests:

Latin American film, disability studies, melodrama, 20th Century Latin American and Latinx Drama.


Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Drama in Translation
  • Bodies of Otherness (CUE)
  • Contemporary Spanish American Novel
  • Hispanic Literature and Film
  • Civilizations of Latin America
  • Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Drama in Translation
  • Latin American Dance and Culture (Cluster)
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Elementary Arabic

Recent Publications and Selected Conferences:

“Trauma nacional y duelo en el cine dominicano del siglo XXI.” Hispanic Journal,
vol. 42, no. 1, 2021.

Review of Bridges, Borders, Breaks: History, Narrative, and Nation in Twenty-First Century Chicana/o Literary Criticism. MARLAS, vol. 2, issue 1, 2018, pp. 172-175.

“Dolor, enfermedad y escritura: radiografía del sufrimiento en dos escritoras
latinoamericanas.” XXVI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios
Hispánicos (edición virtual), Zoom, June 17-19, 2020.

“Creative Approaches to Blended Learning Contexts.” NEALLT, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 2019

“Trauma nacional y duelo en el cine dominicano del siglo XXI.” Middle Atlantic
Council of Latin American Studies, Stony Brook University, Long Island, March
2019

“Student Success and Engagement through Universal Design in L2 Instruction.”
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Nashville, November
2017

“La redefinición de la identidad mexicana: raza y racismo en la telenovela El Alma no tiene color.” Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, University of Virginia, Virginia, March 2017

Trauger, Mirna and Camille Qualtere. "Strategies for Success: Teaching Neurodivergent Students." The Teaching Professor, 23 August 2021.

In Press (Fall 2023): "The Ottomans Conquer Latin America: The Rise of Turkish Telenovelas." Hispanic Review.


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