Dr. Silvia Rolle-Rissetto
Dr. Silvia Rolle-Rissetto is the Chair of the Modern Language Studies Department,
at CSUSM. She is a professor of language, culture, and Hispanic literature who has
over thirty years of experience teaching languages at the University level. She speaks
four languages and her areas of expertise are Literature, Translation Studies, Creative
Writing, and Second Language Acquisition. She has published extensively in all those
fields, and she is very passionate about her writing and her teaching. As a true
reflexion of this, she recently received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, along with the Marquis Who's Who Top Educators mention.
Her degrees ...
1992-1996: University of California Riverside - Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish (Summa cum laude)
- Emphases: Hispanic Poetry of all periods, Women's Writing; Modern, Contemporary, Present-day
Peninsular & Insular Literatures of Spain, and 19th-20th Centuries Latin American
Literature. Minor field of concentration: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.
- Dissertation: Una poética femenino-feminista. A study of French and Italian Feminisms of Sexual Difference.
1988-1990: California State University Long Beach - Master of Arts in Spanish (Summa cum laude & Departmental Honors)
- Emphases: 20th Century Peninsular Literature, Applied Linguistics.
- Dissertation: Sexilio/Sexile, by Maha Vial. Introduction and translation of the Chilean's poetry collection.
1987: Università degli Studi di Siena, Italia - Certificato di lingua e cultura italiana (Italian Language and Culture Certification)
1982-1987 California State University Long Beach
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Cum laude),
- Bachelor of Arts in French (Cum laude),
- Minor in Italian
Her Scholarship and Creative Work ...
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Aligned with Boyer's expanded, holistic model, based on discovery, integration, application, and learning, Dr. Rolle-Rissetto's work falls under: (1) Contemporary Hispanic Literature, particularly
Women's Writing, (2) Applied Linguistics, namely Second Language Acquisition, (3)
Literary Translation, and (4) Creative Writing.
Discovery: as a scholar of Hispanic Literature, her research focuses on Women's Writing, and
her genre of expertise is poetry. Informed by poststructuralist theories, and based
on Feminist Theories of Sexual Difference, Gender and Cultural Studies, Gay/Lesbian/Queer
Theory, it examines the discourse of the female body in the writer's work, suggesting
that difference, gender, and sexual identity extend into the realm of language.
Integration: writing pedagogical materials involves the interpretation and integration of one's
own research, or that of others, in ways that yield a more comprehensive, general
understanding and the dissemination of a larger and different body of knowledge.
Application: her work and service as a translator of literature are tied directly to her special
field of knowledge and relate to, and flow directly out of, this professional activity.
The art and service of Literary Translation dates as far back as written literature
itself. In essence, translators are bearers or messengers of meaning, as well as those
who allow us to live in the supranational space of world literature.
Learning: in her own experience as a creative writer, more specifically, as a poet, Dr. Rolle-Rissetto
states, "I have not only discovered through it, integrated and applied it, but above
all, learned from it. Regarded as something central to human existence, and something
that one is better off with and spiritually impoverished without, poetry has played
an important role in my life and in my career, as it has informed my teaching, my
scholarship, and my service."
In sum, all these projects have given her the opportunity to model the goal of lifelong
learning to her students at CSUSM.
SPAN 330 (3) Techniques for Professional Translation and Interpretation in Spanish (Tuesdays 1:00-3:50 - Markstein Hall 213) - CRN 22455
SPAN 450B (3) Seminar in Literature: Erotic Discourse in Contemporary Hispanic Literature (Thursdays 1:00-3:50 - Markstein Hall 213 ) - CRN 22563
SPAN 602 (3) Seminar in Language. TOPIC: Reading, Appreciating, and Writing Literature. An Introduction
to Creative Writing (Thursdays 4:00-6:50- Markstein Hall 213) - CRN 22425
For her unabridged CV ...
About her ...
Dr. Rolle-Rissetto was born in Rosario, Argentina, and she is of French-Italian-Jewish
ancestry. Her studies took place in her native country, as well as in the United States
and in Italy. However, being that the core of her research is in Spanish literatures,
she has conducted a good portion of her work in Spain, a country, as well as its people,
very close to her heart.
A native of Spanish, she grew up listening to three Italian languages (Piedmontese,
Friulian, and Sicilian). She learned English at almost six years of age, and formally
studied Italian and French at the university.
She has been an educator since the beginning of her graduate career in 1988. During
that time, she taught a wide range of levels (elementary, secondary, college, and
university), as well as a wide array of subjects (Math, E.S.L., Italian, French, and
Spanish). Since then she continues her work as a professional translator, interpreter,
and creative writer.
As a professor, my main objective is to impart enthusiasm and techniques for learning,
to stimulate analytical and comparative reasoning and encourage independent, creative,
innovative, and critical thinking. I thrive to give my students the desire to learn
more, and to keep them in a perpetual state of curiosity and interest. In doing so,
I elicit associations and provoke connections which stimulate discovery in them.
I believe that the greater part of learning is self-teaching and that a teacher's
primary role is to help students to teach themselves. Anyone who has struggled to
grasp a difficult subject knows that the most brilliant lecture or well-written textbook
cannot teach anything that one is not prepared to learn. Consequently, my teaching
philosophy is deeply rooted in the Socratic Method, not just because it has been proven
by teachers from Confucius and the eponymous Socrates down to the present day, but
primarily because my own experience as a student tells me that one understands and
remembers best what one discovers for him or herself.
Someone once said that Graduate School allows you to continue reading things that
you never would encounter or have the opportunity to discuss otherwise. In a way,
this also holds true for teaching; it is simply an extension of a conversation that
I have been involved in since a much younger age. For me, it is the ideal means by
which to hone my scholarly, critical, creative, and communications skills while indulging
in the singular pleasure of reading and discussing language, culture, and literature
with interesting and enthusiastic readers.