Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Professor of Spanish

BA, University of Maryland
AM, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University

  • 718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 201B (On sabbatical Spring 2014)
  • 617-353-6243

Research and Teaching

Professor Alan Smith’s teaching and research interests include Galdós, Lorca, contemporary Spanish poetry, Cervantes, César Vallejo, and the theory of aesthetics in literature and the plastic arts. His publications include a critical first edition of Rosalía, a lost novel by Benito Pérez Galdós (Cátedra, 1983, 1984); an edition of Galdós’s Cuentos fantásticos (Cátedra, 1996); Los relatos inverosímiles de Benito Pérez Galdós en el contexto de su obra (Anthropos, 1992), a study of Galdós’ fantastic short stories; and his most recent book, Galdós y la imaginación mitológica, (Cátedra, 2005). His poetry has been anthologized inPoetas sin fronteras (Madrid: Verbum 2000) and Sabia savia (Segovia: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, 2006), and has appeared in various magazines world-wide, including Ínsula (Madrid), Anthropos (Barcelona),International Poetry Review (Greensboro, North Carolina), Abril (Luxembourg), Amén (Madrid), Plaza (Cambridge), and the on-line poetry journal, Lunas Rojas,based in Valencia. His book of poems, Fragmentos de alcancía, was published in 1998, with the support of the Consulate of Spain in Boston. His translation into Spanish of Robert Creeley’s Life and Death appeared under the title of Vida y muerte (Madrid: Árdora) in 2000. He was guest editor and translator of Spain’s Poetry of Conscience, a special issue of International Poetry Review (Spring, 2006). Professor Smith has received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Whiting Fellowship. Secretary-Treasurer of the Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas from 2002 -2006, Professor Smith edits its associated journal, Anales Galdosianos, and is on the editorial board of  Decimonónica and Isidora. His facsimile edition of César Vallejo’s España, aparta de mí este cáliz, was published in 2012 by  Ediciones Árdora (Madrid). His current research projects include an edition of the letters of Benito Pérez Galdós.