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Cipriano Cardenas

Mr. Cipriano Cardenas

Mr. Cipriano Cardenas
Associate Professor
Modern Languages



Professor Cárdenas has been on the faculty of the Modern Languages Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville since 1971, where he has served as Department Chair for 27 years and has been the recipient of four Exceptional Merit Awards for outstanding teaching, service, and scholarship.  He teaches Medieval Spanish Literature; Contemporary Spanish Literature; The Mexican Novel; Chicano Narrative; Contemporary Mexican and Chicano Literature; Conquests and Cultural Encounters in Colonial Hispanic America; and, The Mexican Revolution in Film and Literature.
In his capacity as Spanish Editor for Breakfast Serials publishing house of Denver, Colorado, Professor Cárdenas has translated and edited more than 17 award-winning, bilingual novels for adolescents with national and international distribution throughout the United States and Latin America. A published poet and short story writer, Professor Cárdenas has also published various articles in university journals, and has been a presenter at numerous professional conferences dealing with Spanish-language journalism and border issues, Mexican-American literature, and Medieval Spanish religious literature.
In addition to his work in academe, Professor Cárdenas is also a Benedictine Oblate in the monastic Order of St. Benedict at the Roman Catholic Monastery of the Good Shepherd in Starr County, Texas.

B.A., M.A., Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Cardenas Vitae

Classes Taught:

SPAN 6380—Literary Translation
SPAN 6339—Chicano Narrative
SPAN 4392—Senior Seminar
SPAN 4371—Chicano Narrative
SPAN 4309—Contemporary Spanish Literature
SPAN 3340—The Mexican Revolution in Film & Literature
SPAN 3301—Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature

Joined UTB:

January 1971

Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Mexican-American literature
Medieval religious literature
Literary Translation
Mexican literature

Previous Experience:


Adjunct Professor.  Hispanic language, literature, and culture.  Department of Arts & Sciences.  Pan American University at Brownsville. (1973)
Assistant Instructor.  Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers.  Texas A&I University, Kingsville.  (1970)
Teacher.  Spanish and World History.  Brownsville High School.  (1968-1971)
Teacher.  Spanish and American History.  William Adams High School.  (1968)


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