- Associate Chair of Romance Studies,
Professor of Spanish
- 718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 201B
- BA, University of Maryland
AM, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
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; Galdós y la imaginación mitológica, (Cátedra, 2005); a facsimile edition, with an epilogue, of the first edition of César Vallejo’s España, aparta de mí este cáliz, (Árdora, 2012), and his most recent book, a co-edition of the letters of Benito Pérez Galdós (Correspondencia, Madrid, Cátedra, 2016).
His poetry has been anthologized in Poetas 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 second book of poetry, Libro del lago was published in Madrid, in 2014 by Árdora Ediciones. 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.