David Richter

Spanish - World Languages and Cultures


David Richter

Contact Information

Office Location: Old Main 202G
Phone: (435) 797-9167
Email: david.richter@usu.edu
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Spanish, 2007
M.A., Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Spanish, 2003
B.A., Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Spanish, 2001

Academic Appointments
Utah State, 2009 - Current
Grinnell College, 2007 - 2009


David F. Richter is Professor of Spanish, and was Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education from 2017 to 2020 at Utah State University. He specializes in 20th–21st century Spanish literature, including the poetry of the Generation of 1927 writers, surrealism, contemporary Spanish narrative, contemporary Spanish women writers, and graphic narrative. He is the author of García Lorca at the Edge of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of Anguish (Bucknell UP, 2014) and co-editor (with Collin McKinney) of Spanish Graphic Narratives: Recent Developments in Sequential Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). His articles have appeared in journals including Letras Hispanas, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Hispanic Studies Review, Letras Peninsulares, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Paradoxa, Confluencia, Letras Femeninas, Poéticas, Acta Literaria, Neophilologus, Theatralia, and ConNotas.

Survey of Spanish Literature
Topics in Spanish Literature (Generation of '27,
Surrealism, Contemporary Spanish Narrative)
Hispanic poetry and poetics, 20 -Century Spanish literature, the Generation of 1927, Federico García Lorca, the
transatlantic Hispanic avant-garde. 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish novel, cultural studies, historical fiction, testimony, memory.
Philosophy and Literature, post-structuralism, surrealism, Georges Bataille


García Lorca at the Edge of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of Anguish. Bucknell University Press, 2014. [ISBN: 978–1–61148–575–2]https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781611485769

Articles and essays:

“The Poetic Imperative: The Humanities, Spanish Poetry, and Pedagogies of Hope.” Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters (2013): 125–37.

“Diálogos sobre lo informe: trayectoria de Bataille a Poeta en Nueva York.” Acta Literaria 46 (2013): 85–106.

“‘La cara de luna de mi madre’: Nuria Amat’s Revolution in Poetic Language in ‘Casa de verano’ (1999).” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature 37.1 (2013): 51–73.

“A Blinding Brilliance: Pío Baroja’s Story of the Eye.” Neophilologus 97.1 (2013): 85–96. First published online in Neophilologus, 28 February 2012: <http://www.springerlink.com/content/mnx5234r93366105/>.

“Genre Trouble: Metafictive Writing, Imagination, and Madness in Rosa Montero’s La loca de la casa.” Letras Femeninas 38.2 (2012): 29–44.

“Spanish Surrealism’s Absent Father: The Sub-Realist Poetry and Poetics of Juan Larrea.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 89.5 (2012): 751–68.

“Assassinating Skies and Poisonous Mushrooms: García Lorca’s Naturalist Impulse.” In Au Naturel: (Re)Reading Hispanic Naturalism. Ed. JP Spicer-Escalante and Lara Anderson. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 221–36.

“Don Quixote’s Demise: Games, Cruelty, and the Closure of Representation on the Ducal Stage.” Confluencia. Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura 25.2 (2010): 43–55.

“‘La poesía que se hace humana’: Truth, Mutation, and the Destruction of the Theater in Lorca’s El público.” Theatralia. Revista de Poética del Teatro 11 (2009): 143–57.

“Hacia una poética de la obsesión en Borges: Formas e identidades rizomáticas.” ConNotas. Revista de Crítica y Teoría Literarias 8 (2007): 41–65.

“Memory and Metafiction: Re-membering Stories and Histories in Soldados de Salamina.” Letras Peninsulares 17.2–3 (2004–2005): 285–96.