Stephen D Gingerich, PhD.
 Title: Professor
Director, MA Program in Spanish
 Dept: World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
 Office: RT 1628
 Phone: 216-687-4677
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1628, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, 2000
M.A., Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, 1995
B.A., Spanish, University of Kansas, 1990
Brief Bio:
I have taught Spanish at CSU since 2003. Although I teach all levels and several different topics, I tend to specialize in Spanish literature and philosophy from Spanish modernism to the present. My seminars have focused on Spanish Postwar culture, canon formation in the Edad de Plata, and Fantastic Literature in Spain and Latin America, among other things. On a few occasions I have taught German language and culture, Western European Film, and philosophy.

I received a PhD. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo, where I taught introductory German and Spanish languages and cultures and English composition. My publications have brought continental philosophy to bear on Hispanic writing, often discussing the general question of the relation between literature and philosophy. I have published articles on the Spanish novelist Juan Benet, on Jorge Luis Borges, and on several other writers from Latin America and Spain. My book, This Side of Philosophy: Literature and Thinking in Spanish Letters (SUNY Press, 2023), provides a sustained look at the relation between literature and philosophy with discussions of the philosophical tradition's relationship to literature, the way Spain is excluded from the history of philosophy on account of its excessively poetic style, and the work of four authors (Unamuno, Machado, Ortega y Gasset, and Zambrano) who try to reconfigure our thinking about literary language and philosophical thought. (

A native of Kansas, my first experience with Hispanic culture was brought on by my parents' decision to take the family to Ecuador with the Peace Corps. My most intense experience has been with Spain, though; I was a Rotary International exchange student with a family in Barcelona after high school. I received a BA in Spanish from the University of Kansas and spent my junior year abroad in Germany, studying, among other things, Latin, French, and Spanish.

My family and I live on the West Side of Cleveland and enjoy this vibrant city, with its museums, art galleries, parks, diverse neighborhoods, and the great lake. I enjoy running into current and former students at the many cultural institutions and events around town.
Honors and Awards:
National Endowment of the Arts, Translation Fellowship, 2009-2010