Beatriz Cobeta

Assistant Professor
  • Modern Languages & Literatures

Education

  • Ph.D., Spanish Literature, UNED, Madrid,
  • M.A., Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, UNED – Instituto Cervantes, Madrid
  • B.A., Hispanic Philology, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Spanish literature. Before joining Simmons in fall 2020, I taught at various universities in the U.S., including Ball State University (2016-20), the University of Notre Dame (2014-16), and the George Washington University (2006-12). As a native of Madrid, Spain, I love sharing my language and culture with students. For me, teaching Spanish is an opportunity to develop cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. In my classes, I strive not only to develop linguistic skills and literary knowledge, but also values of openness, compassion, and inclusion.
I am also interested in expanding learning beyond the classroom by engaging with local communities. In previous positions, I organized service-learning programs in which students volunteered at a Hispanic youth center and taught Spanish to elementary school children. I look forward to exploring similar opportunities at Simmons and the Boston area.

What I Teach

  • SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 269 - The 19th and 20th Century Spanish Novel

Research/Creative Activities

My research field is nineteenth and twentieth-century peninsular literature, with a focus on the representation of women and the impact of foreign travel, especially the experience of peninsular authors in the United States. My current project explores how the Spanish writer Blasco Ibañez’s exposure to the independence of American women during his visit to the U.S. in 1919 led him to develop new female character types in his novels.

Publications

“La contribución de la traductora Charlotte Brewster Jordan a la difusión de la literatura española en lengua inglesa”, in La Literatura Española en Europa 1850-1914, edited by Ana María Freire López and Ana Isabel Ballesteros Dorado (Madrid: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, 2017), 111-32.

María de la Fuente and Beatriz Cobeta, Puntos de encuentro. A Cross-Cultural Approach to Advanced Spanish (Cognella Publishers, 2014).