Global Humanities and Religions Faculty and Staff

Clary Loisel

Clary Loisel

Professor, Spanish

Office: LA 428
Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 to 11:00 and from 12:00-1:00.


Current Position

Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies



SPNS 494 MWF 11:00-11:50

SPNS 331 MWF 1:00-2:00

FILM 365 MW 2:00-4:30





Personal Summary

As a Full Professor of Spanish language, literature, and film, I specialize in gender issues in contemporary Mexican narrative and theater. The major themes of most of my upper-division classes address human rights issues.  Since 2001, I have directed seven study abroad programs (five to Mexico and two to Chile).  I also teach Latin American Studies and in 2014 attended classes in Portuguese at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I completed the equivalent of a BA in Portuguese from the University of Florida.  One of my next publications will be an anthology of Brazilian LGBT literature translated into English. 


PhD University of Florida 

MA University of Texas at San Antonio

BA University of Texas at Austin

As of July 2015, I fulfilled the requirments for the equivalency of a BA in Portuguese from the University of Florida

Research Interests


 Seeking publisher for my translation of Rosamaria Roffiel's novel Amora, Mexico's first lesbian novel (1989).


Postmodern Construction of Sexual Identity: A Study of Contemporary Brazilian Queer Theater during the 1964-1985 Dictatorship

Field of Study

Human Rights Issues in Latin American Literature and Film

Contemporary Mexican Novel and Theater

Contemporary Spanish-American Literature and Film

Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Film

Selected Publications


Clásicos de la Literatura Hispanoamericana Colonial en su Contexto Sociohistórico.  San Francisco: Floricanto Press, 2007.






The Strongest Passion [translation of La más fuerte pasión (1995) by Mexican writer Luis Zapata]. San Francisco: Floricanto Press, 2006.

The Diary of José Toledo [translation of El diario de José Toledo (1962) by Mexican writer Miguel Barbachano Ponce]. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2001.


Mexican Queer Theater.  San Francisco: Floricanto Press, 2015.

Out of the Closet and Onto the Stage: Mexican Gay and Lesbian Theater.  San Francisco: Floricanto Press, 2013

Gay Dracula (translation of Drácula Gay) by Mexican dramatist Tomás Urtusástegui; Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly 7.4 (2005): 37-45.


Fulbright Scholar: I taught two undergraduate courses on human rights issues (in Spanish) at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil during fall 2017.  

Specialized Skills

I'm communicatively competent in Brazilian Portuguese.

Teaching Experience


Professor of Spanish

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.  

Undergraduate/Graduate literature courses (in Spanish):

*Teaching Toward Hope: Human Rights Issues in Contemporary Latin American Literature

*Latin American Literature: Between Inequality and Hope

*Consciousness Raising Via Global Issues in Contemporary Spanish-American Literature

*Civilization versus Barbarism and the Transformation of the Environment

*Contemporary Mexican Novel

*Queering Contemporary Spanish-American Literature and Film

*Gender Issues and the Contemporary Mexican Novel

*Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story

*Twentieth-Century Spanish-American Theater

*Literature of the 'Boom'

Graduate courses (in English):

*Child Poverty through Film and Literature

*Seminar on the Contemporary Mexican Novel in Translation

*Research Methods and Literary Theory

 Undergraduate civilization and literature courses (in Spanish):

 *Introduction to the Literature of Latin America

 *Spanish-American Civilization through Literature and Film

 *Introduction to Peninsular Literature

 Undergraduate literature and civilization courses (in English):

*Introduction to Latin American Studies

*Human Rights Issues in Film and Literature of the Portuguese-Speaking World

*Human Rights Issues in Latin American Literature and Film

*Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film

*Feminism in Latin American Film and Theater

*Chilean Cultural Studies adn Human Rights Issues

 *Major Hispanic Authors and Their Times: Elena Poniatowska

 *Major Hispanic Authors and Their Times: Rosario Castellanos

 *Major Hispanic Authors and Their Times: Juan Rulfo

*Latin American Civilization through Literature and Film

Undergraduate language courses (in Spanish):

*Advanced Composition and Conversation

*Advanced Practice in Spanish Conversation

 *Written and Oral Expression in Cultural Contexts

 *Intermediate Spanish (regular)

 *Intermediate Spanish (special section: Freshmen Interest Group FIG)

*Beginning Spanish

Undergraduate special interdisciplinary courses (in English):

*Chilean Culture and Civilization: Excursion to Chile

 *Reading the City: Mexico City

 *Reading the City: Excursion to Mexico City

 *Study Abroad Preparation for Semester Long Stay in Oaxaca, Mexico

 *Study Abroad Preparation for Semester Long Stay in Guanajuato, Mexico

 *Homoerotic Representation (team taught)


Professional Experience

I have also taught community college, high school, and middle school.

International Experience

Fulbright Scholar: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Director of Seven Study Abroad Programs (Five to Mexico, two to Chile)

Semester-Long Faculty Exchange to the University of Guanajuato

Mini Faculty Exchanges to Chile and to Argentina

University Research Grant: Mexico and Puerto Rico

Faculty Development Awards: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Brazil.


I enjoy being with friends and family and am an avid tennis player.  I like to travel to Latin America whenever possible.