Thomas J. DiSalvo

Professor of Spanish

Seibert Humanities 100 A


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spanish Literature
M.A. Middlebury College (Madrid), Spanish
B.A Hillsdale College, Spanish and Political Science

Courses Offered

  • Elementary Spanish
  • History of the Hispanic World
  • Film and Literature: The Spanish Civil War
  • Literature, Film & Art: Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí
  • Language Immersion in Salamanca
  • Language Immersion in Italy
  • Coming to America: Italian and Latin American Perspectives in Literature and Film
  • Spanish Literature: Modern Novel
  • Spanish Literature: Modern Theater


Professor Di Salvo’s research focuses on 19th century Spanish narrative. He is the author of El arte cuentístico de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, a unique work that studies the formal aspects of the author’s short narrative, including structure, imagery, tone and point of view. Prof. Di Salvo has contributed articles on the subject to Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos and to two seminal collections of critical essays. Prof. Di Salvo’s more recent research interests have been in Contemporary Spanish and Italian cinema. His publications on the subject have appeared in Forum Italicum, the italianist, Quaderni Ibero-Americani and Letras peninsulares. Prof. Di Salvo is currently working on the films of Italian directors Vittorio De Sica and Pietro Germi.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  • El arte cuentístico de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Madrid: Editorial Pliegos, 1988.
  • “The Severed Cord: Solitude and Alienation in Giuseppe Tornatore’s Nuovo Cinema Paradiso and Stanno tutti bene. Il Veltro, 1-2 (gennaio-aprile 1996): 94-98.
  • “La intrahistoria como tema en algunos cuentos de Blasco Ibáñez,” 187-194. In Nuevas Perspectivas sobre el 98. John P. Gabriele (ed.), Madrid: Iberoamericana, 1999: 187-194.
  • “Bajo la sombra de la modernidad: lo `sagrado’ ante lo profano en algunos cuentos de Blasco Ibáñez.” Vicente Blasco Ibáñez: 1898-1998. La vuelta al siglo de un novelista. Actas del Congreso Internacional celebrado en Valencia del 23 al 27 de noviembre de 1998. Valencia: Spain, 2000: 485-97.
  • Policing Spanish-European Borders: Racism and Xenophobia in Contemporary Spanish Cinema,” in collaboration with Yolanda Molina-Gavilán. Ciberletras 5 (August 2001)
  • “Policing Gender: The False Promise of the `Prince’ in Carlos Saura’s ¡Dispara!” Letras peninsulares 15.3 (2002-2003): 553-565.
  • Christ Didn’t Stop in Sicily: Giuseppe Tornatore’s L’uomo delle stelle and the Southern Question.Forum Italicum, spring, 2002.
  • “A Death in Venice: Travel as Metaphor in Vittorio De Sica’s Il viaggio.” Selected Proceedings of the XVIth Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages & Literatures. March 4-6, 2004.

Other Links

  1. El arte cuentístico de Blasco Ibáñez
  2. Policing Gender: The False Promise of the Prince ‘in Carlos Saura’s ¡Dispara!
  3. Nuevas perspectivas sobre el 98
  4. On Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
  5. Bibliographic citation