Christopher Travis

Chris Travis, Elmhurst University

Christopher Travis, Ph.D.

Professor, Spanish and Latin American Culture
Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Travis has studied, worked and/or traveled in more than 15 Spanish-speaking countries, spending extended time at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and the Universidad Católica (Ecuador). His research has focused on 20th-century Chilean literature. The author of Resisting Alienation: The Literary Work of Enrique Lihn (Bucknell University Press, 2007), Dr. Travis has also contributed chapters to major books on Lihn (Enrique Lihn: contra el canto de la goma de borrar, 2005) and Vicente Huidrobro (Huidobro’s Futurity: Twenty First Century Approaches, 2010), served as guest editor for a monographic edition of Crítica Hispánica celebrating the work of Pablo Neruda, and published in journals such as Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Romance Quarterly, Mapocho, Crítica Hispánica, ISLE, and Sophia Austral.

Dr. Travis’s more recent research is on environmental literature (ecoliterature) and ecocriticism, and he has been an invited speaker on these topics at the Americas Society (NY), LASA (the Latin American Studies Association), ASLE (the Association for Studies of Literature and the Environment), and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, as part of their Chile mira a sus poetas 2015 conference.

An accomplished bilingual poet and translator, Dr. Travis has published creative work in ISLE, The Dirty Goat, River Oak Review and on his blog. He teaches all levels of Spanish, Latin American Culture, Latin American Literature, and has taught specialty courses on Spanish-Speaking Chicago, Indigenous Literature, Literary Translation, and First-Year Seminar. Professor Travis enjoys leading study abroad trips to Spain, Chile and Costa Rica. Dr. Travis served as chair of the Department of World Languages, Literature and Cultures from 2007 to 2015.

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • SPN 101, SPN 102, SPN 201, SPN 202, SPN 301, SPN 302
  • SPN 310 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPN 334 Latin American Culture
  • SPN 335 and 336 Survey of Latin American Literature I, II
  • SPN 340 Indigenous Literature of South and Central America
  • SPN 452 Directed Readings (Chicago Hispanohablante)
  • FYS 100 Expressive Latino Culture in the United States
  • WL 209 Latin American Literature in English Translation Online
  • Book: Resisting Alienation: The Literary Work of Enrique Lihn (Bucknell, 2007)
  • Multiple Journal Articles on Latin American poetry and Latin American Ecocriticism
  • Poetry Blog
  • Selected Academic Articles
  • Member, MLA, ASLE, LASA, AMG

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