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Ryan A Davis

Professor
Lang Literatures & Cultures
Office
Stevenson Hall - STV 215
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Current Courses

112.002Beginning Spanish

112.001Beginning Spanish

214.003Oral Communication In Spanish

484.001Studies Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Spanish Literature

213.004Written Communication In Spanish

Research Interests & Areas

19th-21st-Century Spanish Literature and Culture, Narrative, Religion, Medicine and Literature, Spanish Influenza, "Fringe" discourses

Ph D

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

MA

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

BA

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Best Article on International Mormonism

Mormon History Association
2022

Book Review

Davis, R. Review of Understanding Juan Benet, by Benjamin Fraser. Columbia, S.C.: U of South Carolina P, 2013. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 19 (2015): 285–86. (2015)

Book, Authored

The Spanish Flu: Narrative and Cultural Identity in Spain, 1918. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Book, Chapter

Davis, R. Mormon Missionaries and the Emergence of Modern Argentine Sport, 1938–1943. Sport and Christianity (2020)

"Hypnotism and the Epistemological Limits of Modernity: Alberto de Das and Leopoldo Alas." In Ryan A. Davis and Alicia Cerezo Paredes (Eds.), Modernity and Epistemology in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Fringe Discourses. Lexington Books

Book, Edited

Modernity and Epistemology in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Fringe Discourses. Eds. Ryan A. Davis and Alicia Cerezo Paredes. New York: Lexington Books, 2017.

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919: Perspectives from the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. Eds. María-Isabel Porras-Gallo and Ryan A. Davis. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2014

Journal Article

“The Spirituality of Sport: Los Mormones in Argentina, 1938–1943.” Journal of Mormon History 47.4 (2021): 22–51.

, R. Modern Spain, a Myth: Regeneration through Reeducation in Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Cuentos de vacaciones (1905). European Journal of Anatomy 23.S1 (2019): 73-83.

“Mormon Missionaries and the Emergence of Modern Argentine Sport, 1938–1943.” The International Journal of the History of Sport 35.1 (2018).

“Modern Spain, a Myth: Regeneration through Reeducation in Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Cuentos de vacaciones (1905).” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 47.2 (2013): 313–35.

“Suggestive Characters: Hypnotism and Subjectivity in Blanca de los Ríos's Las hijas de Don Juan (1907).” Decimonónica 9.1 (2012). 

“Don Juan versus Bacteriology: Competing Narrative Explanations of the 1918–19 ‘Spanish’ Flu Epidemic in Spain.” Ometeca 16 (2011): 171–89.

“Caught in Franco’s Web: Virtual Memories of Prisons during the Franco Regime.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9.1 (2008): 89–101.

Magazine/Trade Publication

Davis, R. BYU, Racism, and the Road to Social Ruin. Public Square Magazine (2022)
Davis, R. Truth, Justice, and the BYU Way. Public Square Magazine (2022)

Presentations

Kiosk Cowboys, or the Curious Case of Spanish Mormon Westerns. BYU Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese. (2023)
Kiosk Cowboys, or the Curious Case of Spanish Mormon Westerns. Charles Redd Center Faculty Luncheon. Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. (2023)
Making Sense of Mormons in 20th-century Spanish Pulp Westerns.. Global Mormon Studies 2023 Online Conference. Global Mormon Studies. (2023)
Mormons and Mormonism in 19th-Century Spanish Newspapers. Mormon History Association. (2022)
The Spanish Flu: A Microbe, Music, and Making Sense. Baldwin Wallace University. Baldwin Wallace University. (2021)
Zorro Among the Saints: Mormons and the American West in Spanish Popular Literature. 56th Annual Conference - Mormon History Association. (2021)
Spanish Flu Then and Now, a View from Spain. Cultural Histories of the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918–1919: Representation and Memories. (2019)
The Quixotic Vision of Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Art, Science, and Society. 16th Annual J. Willis Hurst History of Medicine Symposium. Emory University. (2019)
Muscular Mormonism in Modern Argentina: Missionaries and Sports, 1938-42. Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. (2018)

America’s Pastime in Modern Argentina: The Forgotten Role of Mormon Missionaries, 1938–42.” Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. December 8, 2017.

Grants & Contracts

College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant -- World Religions. ISU College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2019)
Los Mormones in Spain: Popular Literature and Public Opinion. CAS (URG-SFF). Illinois State University. (2019)
Los Mormones in Spain: Popular Literature and Public Opinion. Global Mormon Studies Research Grant at Claremont Graduate University. Other. (2019)
International Travel Grant. CAS. Illinois State University. (2015)
New Faculty Initiative Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University.
Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University.
Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universitie. Spanish Ministry of Culture. Other.