Dr. Routt, a first-generation college student, teaches all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as a senior seminar on cultural diversity and ethnic identity in U.S. literature. Despite her completion of the pre-med sequence and her acceptance letter to medical school, she saw the light and followed her heart, deciding to study Spanish after an undergraduate study-abroad experience in Mexico. After earning her Ph.D. at Indiana University specializing in colonial Latin American literature, she lived and worked in Central America for a year before making her home at EIU in Charleston.
While Dr. Routt thinks classrooms are fine, she values most the high-impact experiences that take place outside their walls. Honors students in her intermediate Spanish classes participate in service learning with Spanish-speakers in the Charleston community, and combine language and culture study with museum visits. Each spring break, she co-leads a study abroad trip to the beautiful colonial city of Antibua Guatemala where students of all majors and language levels across campus can earn 2 credit hours. Dr. Routt is also one of the proud faculty sponsors of Alpha Psi Lambda (the largest co-ed, Latino-interest fraternity) and the Spanish Club, and frequently collaborates with Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society and the Latin American Student Organization.
Dr. Routt lives in a bilingual household with her husband from El Salvador, one daughter at Charleston High School and the other away at college.
*Office hours: MTRF 2-3:00 pm, by appointment, and on a walk-in basis. I am usually in my office 9:00-3:30 daily. Feel free to consult my teaching schedule on the door and stop by any time I am not in the classroom. If I can't help you when you come by, we will make an appointment.*
WLS 1101 Beginning Spanish I
WLS 2202G Intermediate Spanish II
WLS 2292G Intermediate Spanish II Honors
WLS 3000 Problems in Spanish Grammar
WLS 3300 Hispanic Cinema
WLS 3250 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis
WLS 4310 Spanish Culture and Civilization
WLS 3510 Modern Spanish Literature
EIU 4125G Cultural Diversity in the United States
WLS 4520 Colonial Spanish American Literature
Ph.D. (1998) Hispanic Literature Indiana University
Masters Degree (1993) Hispanic Literature University of Louisville
B.A. (1989) Philosophy Indiana University
Colonial Spanish American literature, spiritual autobiography, women's writing, masculinity studies, writing and the body
"'Exercises' in Masculinity: Models of Early Modern Manhood in the Acta of Ignatius of Loyola." eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies. 25 (2013): 179-94.
“Historia y fantasía en Historia del Rey Transparente de Rosa Montero.” Notandum 29 (2012): 17-24.
“Sanctity or Self-Will? Madre María de San José and the Ascetic Path to Holiness.” Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura. 22.1 (2006): 42-57.
“La madre María Anna Águeda de San Ignacio, la leche de la Virgen María y la literatura devocional del siglo XVIII.” Homenaje al Dr. José Pascual Buxó. Ed. Enrique Ballón Aguirre and Óscar Rivera Rodas. México, D.F.: UNAM, 2002. 401-39.
Book Review: Stephanie Merrim. Early Modern Women’s Writing and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 1999. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 78 (2001): 130.
“’Hablar con Dios’: Language as Úrsula Suárez’s camino de perfección.” Dieciocho 21.2 (1998): 219-36.
“El cuerpo femenino y la creación literaria en La inocencia castigada de María de Zayas.” Romance Languages Annual7 (1995): 616-20.
"Un retrato de Pablo Picasso." Fall Conference of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Tinley Park, IL, October 18-20, 2012.
Gave three workshops with two colleagues (one from Eastern, another from Millikin University) at the Fall Conference of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Tinley Park, IL, October 21-22, 2011.
“Fantasía histórica e historia fantástica: Historia del Rey Transparente de Rosa Montero.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, KY, April 14-16, 2011.
“Nuevos modelos de la historia en Historia del Rey Transparente de Rosa Montero.” Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature. St. Louis, MO, October 28-30, 2010.
“Skeleton Puppets and the Day of the Dead.” Presented with Carlos Amaya. Conference of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Chicago, IL, October 22-24, 2009.
“Paper Flowers and the Day of the Cross.” Presented with Carlos Amaya. Conference of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Chicago, IL, October 22-24, 2009.
“Maternal Milk and Mysticism: Madre María Anna Águeda de San Ignacio.” Kentucky Foreign Langauge Conference. University of Kentucky, April 17-19, 2008.
“Renaissance Humanism and Affective Mysticism in Sor Juana’s El divino Narciso” Conference of the Midwest Association of Latin American Studies. Hilton St. Louis, MO, November 1-3, 2007.
“Asceticism and Masculinity:The Spiritual Autobiography of Ignacio de Loyola.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, April 20-22, 2006.
“Sanctity or Self-Will? The Spiritual Autobiograpy of Madre María de San José.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, April 21-23 2005.
“(Re-)Visions of John of the Cross in the Spanish American Colonial Convent.” Midwest Association of Latin American Studies. Eastern Illinois University, November 6-8, 2003.
“Ejercicios, devociones and novenas: Devotional Literature of the Eighteenth Century.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, April 18-20, 2002.