Spanish Department Creates Circulo de Lectores
January 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – This semester, Professor of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradans
and Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau will join to create
a reading circle, or circulo de lectores, for students enrolled in two 300-level Spanish courses, Grammar and Composition
and Introduction to Literature, as well as those in the Illinois Wesleyan Barcelona
program. The goal of the activity is to have students collaborate outside of class,
reading and discussing in Spanish the selected novel, Los mares del sur by Manuel Vazquez Montalban.
First published in 1979, the detective novel is set in Barcelona during the tumultuous
years of the Spanish transition to democracy in the late ’70s. “The protagonist is
also, and foremost, a gourmet, so the plot is intertwined with culinary commentaries
and some of the best Catalan recipes I know,” said Ferradans. In relation to the novel’s
culinary thread, the circulo de lectores will close with a literary dinner on Thursday, March 29 at World Gourmet in Bloomington,
where students will sample rice recipes from the book, including paella, a traditional
Spanish dish. Alumna Rachel Slough, class of 2007, will be the keynote speaker for
the event. Slough, who received a bachelor of arts degree in Hispanic Studies and
English Literature, wrote a research honors thesis on the novel.
Ferradans hopes to continue with the project each spring semester with a different
book from another part of the Hispanic world and a new closing activity based on the
For more information, contact Ferradans at (309) 556-3155 or Nadeau at (309) 556-3332.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org