David W. Bird

Overview

Department: 
School of Liberal Arts » World Languages and Cultures
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Assumption Hall - 200C

Office Hours
Monday and Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m.
And By Appointment

Contact
Phone: 925 631-8102
Email: david.bird1@stmarys-ca.edu

Education

  • Ph.D Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2007
  • M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2016
  • M.A. Spanish Literature, University of Kentucky, 2004
  • B.A. Spanish and German, Florida State University, 2001

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Spanish - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2012 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish - Saint Mary's College of California (August 2006 - July 2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Hispanic Studies - University of Kentucky (August 2001 - May 2005)
  • Dartmouth Tutor of German - Florida State University (August 1998 - May 2000)

Fellowships:

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship - University of Kentucky (August 2005)
  • Multi-Year Fellowship - University of Kentucky (August 2001)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Spanish 160, Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • Spanish 11, Introduction to Literature
  • Spanish 121, Spanish Literature 1700-1940

Service

Advanced Placement:

  • Table Leader
    (June 2007 - June 2016)
    Leads a group of nine Readers during the annual grading of the AP Spanish Language exam, Trinity University, San Antonio
  • Reader
    (June 2005 - June 2006)
    Served as a Reader for the annual grading of the AP Spanish Language examination, Trinity University, San Antonio

Departmental service:

  • Tenure-track French faculty hiring committee, Fall 2016
  • Adjunct hiring committee
    (May 2008)
  • Library Liaison
    (August 2006 - July 2011)
    Maintains contact with the Library for collection development

Service to the College:

  • Director of the Honors Program
    (July 2011 - Present)
  • January Term committee member
    (July 2010 - Present)
  • At-Large Pre-Tenured Faculty representative, Academic Senate
    (July 2010 - July 2013)
  • AARC Senate liaison
    (July 2010 - August 2012)
  • Disciplinary Hearing Board member
    (August 2009 - May 2011)
  • Newman Essay Judge
    (December 2007 - Present)
    Judges outstanding essays for the Newman Essay Contest.
  • Academic Honor Council
    (May 2007 - May 2011)

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Nation, History and Historiography in the Essays of Ángel Ganivet.  Bird, David W. (lecture).  Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 2016).
  • Urban Space and Social Life in the Essays of Ángel Ganivet. Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture).  Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 2014)
  • El dandysmo como lente critico en los ensayos de Luis Antonio de Villena. Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference
    (September 2012)
  • Social Emancipation contra the Death Penalty in Gabriel Alomar's La pena de mort (1912). Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    (April 2012)
  • 1890s Spanish writer Ángel Ganivet and Spanish Nationhood. Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    University of Newcastle
    (September 2011)
  • Stepping Back from Orientalism in José Díaz Fernández's El blocao (1928). Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    (April 2011)
  • Power and Modernity in the Essays of Ángel Ganivet and Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga. Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference
    (September 2009)
  • Poder, libertad y maquinaria estatal en tres novelas de Mario Lacruz. Bird, David W. (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter, panel or forum member)
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    (April 2009)
  • The Catalan Modernist Essay as Ideological Instrument. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    (April 17, 2008)
  • Notas sobre la memoria en la poesía de Jaime Gil de Biedma. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    (April 2007)
  • The Exiled Jesuit as Militant letrado: The Case of Francisco Javier Clavijero and the Historia Antigua de México (1780). Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    38th ASECS/33rd SEASECS Annual Meeting
    (March 2007)
  • The Politics of Irony in Ángel Ganivet's Cartas finlandesas. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Conference of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
    (April 2006)
  • Gabriel Alomar's Catalan Nationalism and Futurist Commitment. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Conference of the Midwestern Modern Language Association
    (October 2004)
  • Rule Breaking, Gender Making, and Life Taking in Sarduy's Colibrí. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature
    (November 2003)
  • A Friendly Warning to the Letrado: Bustos Domecq and the Praise of Folly. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    Conference of the International Society of Humor Studies
    (July 2003)
  • Three Views of Sado-Masochism: Unamuno, Camus and Orwell. Bird, David W. (paper, primary presenter)
    25th Annual Conference on Literature and Film
    Florida State University
    (January 2000)

Publications

  • Bird, David W.  Translation of "Possibilities and Limitations of the Mexican," by José Revueltas.  In 20th Century Mexican Philosophy:  Essential Readings on the Theme of Mexico, Carlos Alberto Sánchez and Robert Eli Sanchez, eds.  Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017.
  • Bird, David W. "Modernism on the Periphery: The Case of Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga (1873-1941) and Catalan Political Modernism." Mediterranean Modernisms. Eds. Goldwyn, Adam and Silverman, Renee. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.
  • Bird, David W.  Review of Contra las musas de la ira:  El Materialismo Filosófico como Teoría de Literatura.  Letras hispanas 11 (Fall 2015).
  • Bird, David W. "Literary Tropes and Futurist Social Critique in the Early Essays of Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga." 2013 International Handbook of Futurism Studies. Ed. Berghaus, Gunter Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013. 46-62
  • Bird, David W. "Review of Carlos Barriuso, Discursos de la modernidad en el fin de siglo español." Revista de Literatura 74.147 (2012): 349-351
  • Bird, David W. "Arendtian Banality and Irony in Francisco Umbral's Leyenda del César visionario (1992)." Hispanic Journal 28.2 (2008): 41-52
  • Bird, David W. "Differentiating Catalan and Italian Futurisms." Romance Quarterly 55.1 (Winter 2008) (2008): 13-27
  • Bird, David W. "Bustos Domecq and the Praise of Folly." Variaciones Borges 23 (2007): 69-83
  • Bird, David W. "Review of Properties of Modernity: Romantic Spain, Modern Europe, and the Legacies of Empire, by Michael Iarocci." Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 11 (2007): 239-40
  • Bird, David W. "Notes on Rhetoric and Aesthetic in Giménez Caballero's Visitas literarias (1925-1928)." Letras hispanas 3.2 (2006).
  • Bird, David W. "Naming, Domination and Plasticity in Sarduy's Colibrí­." South Carolina Modern Language Review 5.1 (2006): no pagination

Honors, Awards & Grants

Awards: 
  • John E. Keller Award for Outstanding Research - Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky (May 2004)
    Awarded for the essay "A Friendly Warning to the letrado: Bustos Domecq and the Praise of Folly," subsequently published in Variaciones Borges.
  • Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award - University of Kentucky (August 2001)
Grants: 
  • Travel Grant - Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities (October 2004)
    Funding for research related travel and work at Madrid's Biblioteca Nacional

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • 20th-century Catalan literature

     

  • Baroque Spanish poetry

     

  • "Generation of 1898" in Spanish letters

     

  • Philosophy and Literature

     

  • Theory and Practice of Translation