David Alvarez

Professor
Department of English

Language and Literature

B-4-213 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3681
alvarezd@gvsu.edu

David Alvarez

Courses
ENG 203 World Literature
ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre
ENG 303 Studies in World Literature
ENG 388 Emigration and Immigration in World Literature
ENG 616 World Literature in English

Research Interests
Contemporary cross-Mediterranean migrations in literature, photography, and film
Contemporary South African literature in English
Colonialism and Postcoloniality in Gibraltar

Recent Publications

Saaf, Abdallah, A Significant Year, translated by David Alvarez. Seagull Books, 2019.

Alvarez, David. "Unstable Vessels: Small Boats As Emblems of Deaths Foretold and As Harbingers of Better Futures in Figurations Of Irregular Migration Across The Strait of Gibraltar." Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion, and Survival, edited by Lynda Mannik, Berghahn Books, 2016.

David Alvarez and Salah D. Hassan, Eds. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Special issue on “Baleful Postcoloniality” 36.1 (2013) Invited.  

Contributed Introduction: Alvarez, David. Introduction. “Representing Baleful Specters and Uncanny Repetitions: Life Writing and Imperialism’s Afterlives.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 36 no. 1, 2013, pp. 10-26.

Contributed Article: Alvarez, David. “Recording Daily Life in the Margins of History and of the Nation: Rachid Nini’s Diary of a Clandestine Migrant.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 36 no. 1, 2013, pp. 148-179.

Alvarez, David. "Glimpses of Morocco in the Midwest: the Work of Yto Barrada at Chicago's Renaissance Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Photography." (2012).

Alvarez, David. "Teaching Moroccan Literature of Migration." Teaching Literature from Today's Middle East, edited by Allen Webb, Routledge, 2011, pp. 131-142.

Alvarez, David. "Dulcie Longs for the Comfort of the Quotidian: The Place of Everyday Life in Zoe Wicomb's David's Story." Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, vol. 23 no. 2, 2011, pp. 127-136.

Alvarez, David. "'Dis poem vex bout apartheid': Representations of South Africa in West Indian Poetry." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 44, 2009, pp. 107-122. 

Education
B.A., Polytechnic of Central London
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas