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Forrest M Blackbourn, Ph.D.

Forrest M Blackbourn, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Honors Program; Assistant Professor of Spanish

Lorberbaum Liberal Arts
Room 233
650 College Dr. Dalton, GA 30720

Office Hours

MW 10:45-11:45am, or by appointment


fblackbourn@daltonstate.edu
706.272.2516

Degrees

Ph.D. Romance Languages, Hispanic and Francophone Literatures, The University of Alabama (2016)
Dissertation:  Masks and Moments of Discernment in the Bildungsroman Caribeñounidense: The Case of Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz.
M.A. Foreign Languages, Spanish and French, Mississippi State University (2009)
B.A. Foreign Languages, Spanish, Mississippi State University (2007)

Biography

Dr. Blackbourn is the Coordinator of the Honors Program at Dalton State College. He has been an Assistant Professor of Spanish since January 2017 and teaches courses on Spanish and French language and U.S. Latina/o literature and culture.  His research pertains to U.S. Latina/o and Caribbean Literatures and the Bildungsroman.

Course Name/Overview

Course Name Course Overview
SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 1003 Accelerated Elementary Spanish
SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II
FREN 2001 Intermediate French I

Achievements

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

“La máscara afro-puertorriqueña: una auto-re-presentación a través de la búsqueda de la identidad racial, étnica y nacional en Down These Mean Streets.”  The Coastal Review. 5 (2011). Web. Selected.

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Poetry:

“Ashtray Coffin.”  Deep South Magazine.  Southern Voice (2013). Web. Selected.

“La palabra quien habla.”  Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 10.1. (2012): 71-72. Web. Selected.

“Encuentro brasileño-caribeño.”  Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 9.2. (2011): 36-37. Web. Selected.

“hijo-puta.”  Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 9.2. (2011): 39-40. Web. Selected.

Essays:

“Me llamo Forrest, y hablo español.”  Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 10.1. (2012): 73-74. Web. Selected.

“Me acuerdo—I remember—Me acuerdo.”  Vision 2011: Paying It Forward.  Spring (2011): 24-26. Print and Web. Invited.

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED

Invited:

“Panel Discussion on Joven y alocada (2012) by Marially Rivas.”  Feminist Film Week, Gender Studies Program and Ellen Bryant Women’s Resource Center, Mississippi State University. Starkville, MS.  Nov. 3 2014.

“Observations of the Caribbean from ‘Outside’ and from ‘Within:’ Negotiations of Racial, Ethnic, Gender, and Sexual Identities in the 20th and 21st Century Bildungsroman Caribeñounidense.”  The University of Alabama, Women’s Resources Center and Department of Gender and Race Studies, Tuscaloosa, AL.  Jan. 18 2012.

Selected:

“High Culture and Popular Culture: Yunior’s Narrative Play in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Atlanta, GA. Nov. 3-5 2017.

“Intersections of Form and Identity in Sandra Cisneros’s Woman Hollering Creek and Ana Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters.  32nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities.  Carrollton, GA. Oct. 26-28 2017.

“Dominican Drag: Yunior’s Transgendered Narrative Voice in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her.”  Asociación internacional de literatura y cultura femenina hispánica.  Houston, TX. Nov. 10-12.

“Footnotes on the Caribbean Racial Spectrum: Constructions of Whiteness, Blackness, and Multiculturalism in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Jacksonville, FL. Nov. 4-6.

“Masks of Family Culture in the Works of Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz: Paternal Losses, Paternal Encounters, and Searches for Identity.”  Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Symposium.  Starkville, MS. Sep. 30-Oct.1 2016.

“Pictures of a Portrait: Mimesis and Diegesis in Junot Díaz’s ‘The Sun, the Moon, the Stars.’”  Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.  New Orleans, LA.  Mar. 27-29 2014.

“Criollo to Creole: Nomenculture (sic) in Achy Obejas’s Ruins.”  Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL.  Feb. 7-8 2014.

“This Is How You Find Me:  Narratives Confessions of Sex, Love, and Loss in Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.”  Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL.  Mar. 1-2 2013.

“Family Confessions: Bildung Amidst Patriarchy in Dans la maison du père by Yanick Lahens and Mudanza de los sentidos by ángela Hernández.”  Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference.  Winston-Salem, NC.  Oct. 18-20 2012.

“Negotiation Among the Narrative Self, the Closet, and the Stage:  Gender and Sexual Identities in the U.S./Caribeño Bildungsroman(e) by Junot Díaz.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.  Gainesville, FL.  Mar. 29-31 2012.

“Hors de la maison du père: Diasporas, Sugarcane, Patriarchy, and Bildung in Yanick Lahens’s Dans la maison du père and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory.” Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL.  Feb. 23-25 2012.

“Did the Caribbean Intelligence Agency (CIA) Kill Kennedy and Trujillo?: Approaching the Factual Myth in Oliver Stone’s JFK and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” Alabama Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Montgomery, AL. Feb. 3-4 2012.

Fukú americani to Zafa caribiani: Cultural Negotiation in The Farming of Bones and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” American Comparative Literature Association.  Vancouver, BC. Mar. 31-Apr. 3 2011. 

Brown: Una mise-en-scène del Bildungsroman autobiográfico de Richard Rodriguez.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.  Wilmington, NC. Mar. 16-19 2011.

“La théorie cartésienne de l’erreur humaine: un mauvais usage des bonnes facultés de la nature humaine.”  Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL. Nov. 19-20 2010.

“Orality and Narration: Remedies for Suffering from Both Sides of the Haitian/US Diaspora.”  International Conference on Caribbean Studies.  Milwaukee, WI. Oct. 7-9 2010. 

“La máscara negra: una auto-representación a través de la búsqueda de la identidad racial en Down These Mean Streets.”  Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures.  Statesboro, GA. Apr. 1-2 2010.

SCHOLARLY PANELS CHAIRED

“Creating Narrative Spaces in Which Borders Disappear and Emerge in U.S. Latina/o and U.S./Caribbean Literatures.”  2-session panel. South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, GA.  Nov. 3-5, 2017.

“Constructions of Race and Utopia in Caribbean Literature.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Jacksonville, FL.  Nov. 4-6.

“(Re)inventions of Self: Communities and Belonging in U.S. Latina/o Experiences.”  Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Symposium.  Starkville, MS. Sep. 30-Oct. 1 2016.

“Cuestiones de género en el cine y la literatura de América latina y la España contemporánea.” Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL. Mar. 1-2 2013.

“Réflexions ontologiques et essentielles sur la philosophie cartésienne.”  Alabama Modern Language Conference.  Tuscaloosa, AL. Nov. 19-20 2010.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED

Invited:

“Facilitating Second Language Acquisition: Communicative Language Teaching, Explicit Grammar Instruction, and Their Implications.”  Mississippi State University, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop, Starkville, MS.  Aug. 12, 2016.

“Hitting the Bullseye: Strategies for Using the Target Language in the Elementary Language Classroom.”  Mississippi State University, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop, Starkville, MS.  Aug. 14, 2014.

Selected:

“So Now That You’re Here…”  The University of Alabama, The Graduate School and Graduate Student Services, New Graduate Student Orientation, Tuscaloosa, AL.  Aug. 17 2013.

“Research, Teaching, and Service: Say ‘Yes’ and Say ‘No.’” The University of Alabama, The Graduate School and Graduate Student Services, New Graduate Student Orientation, Tuscaloosa, AL. Aug. 18 2012.

“Give and Take: Making the Most of the Academic Community.”  The University of Alabama, The Graduate School and Graduate Student Services, New Graduate Student Orientation, Tuscaloosa, AL.  Jul. 16 and Aug. 20 2011.