Bruce D. Willis

Bruce Willis

Professor of SpanishOliphant Hall 184
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Dr. Willis completed his A.B. at the College of William and Mary, including a semester at the Universidad de las Américas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. He received his M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Virginia. His first faculty appointment was at the University of South Alabama. In 2002 he began work at the University of Tulsa, and in 2006 he became Associate Professor of Spanish. He has traveled in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Willis currently teaches Spanish American literatures and cultures and Portuguese language. His general research interests encompass Latin American literatures, languages and cultures. His published materials include the monograph Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade, articles in Brasil/Brazil, Chasqui, Gestos, Hispania, Hispanófila and South Atlantic Review, and edited chapters and translations. Presently he is researching representations of the body in early twentieth-century Latin American literature.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • 1996 Ph.D. in Spanish University of Virginia
  • 1992 M.A. in Spanish University of Virginia
  • 1990 A.B. in Spanish College of William and Mary

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1996-2002 University of South Alabama, Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • 1995-1996 University of Virginia, Faculty Instructor of Spanish and Portuguese
  • 1993-1995 University of Virginia, Graduate Instructor of Spanish and Portuguese
  • 1990-1993 University of Virginia, Graduate Instructor of Spanish

Professional Affiliations

  • ADFL (Association of Departments of Foreign Languages)
  • LASA (Latin American Studies Association)
  • SECOLAS (Southeast Council on Latin American Studies)

Courses Taught at TU

  • Colossus of the South Brazil (CPLT 2513)
  • Explication of Hispanic Literary Texts (SPAN 3033)
  • Latin American Cultures (SPAN 3023)
  • Poetry of Latin America (SPAN 4073)
  • Seminar in Latin American Literature (SPAN 4983)
  • Short Story of Latin America (SPAN 4093)
  • The Novel in Latin America (SPAN 4083)

Awards & Recognition

  • 1990 Cox Award for Achievement in Spanish (College of William and Mary)
  • 1990 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1990-1993 President’s Fellowship (University of Virginia)
  • 1990-1995 Dean of Faculty Fellowship (University of Virginia)
  • 1993 Reid Fellowship for Excellence in Spanish (University of Virginia)
  • 2000 University of South Alabama Research Council Grant
  • 2001 Student-nominated Inductee, Golden Key International Honour Society
  • 2003 Summer Faculty Development Fellowship Grant (University of Tulsa)
  • 2004 Oklahoma Humanities Council Scholar Research Grant
  • 2004 Summer Faculty Development Fellowship Grant (University of Tulsa)


  • Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade
    Book. (Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures Vol. 36. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2006.)
  • Color Beyond Phenotype: José Carlos Limeira’s Afro-Brazilian Muses
    Article in refereed journal. Brasil/Brazil 30 (2003): 29-46.
  • La espada encendida: The Questioning Woman in Neruda’s Questionable Paradise
    Article in refereed journal. South Atlantic Review 68.2 (2003): 71-90.
  • Manuel Bandeira
    Chapter in edited compilation. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Brazilian Writers. Eds. Monica Rector and Fred M. Clark. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 78-88.
  • Principal Translator, Black Intentions / Negras Intensões
    Translation. Afro-Brazilian Poems. José Carlos Limeira. Salvador: Author’s edition, 2003.
  • Tradition and Innovation in Mexican Pastorelas and Posadas
    Article in refereed journal. GESTOS: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico 41 (2006): 41-58.