Catherine Beilver

Catherine Bellver, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emerita

World Languages and Cultures
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Dr. Bellver received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her master's as well as her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. During her teaching career, Dr. Bellver has taught over two dozen different courses that have included language as well literature classes and have ranged from the freshman to graduate level. She served as coordinator of lower division Spanish for twenty years and as department chair in the early nineties. At present, she is the graduate coordinator. Besides her work for the department, she has served on innumerable college and university committees. She developed the committee on women's studies into a growing academic program and became its interim director. Dr. Bellver also worked on the regional and national levels on the behalf of the academic advancement women. She has served on the editorial boards of Anales de la Literatura Española and Letras Femeninas. She has been invited to evaluate myriad manuscripts, scholarly records, and grant or award proposals. She was a representative to the assembly of the Modern Language Association and Vice-President of the Twentieth-Century Spanish Association of America.

Dr. Bellver has published four monographs : El mundo poético de Juan José Domenchina, Rafael Alberti en sus horas de destierro, Absence and Presence: Spanish Women Poets of the Twenties and Thirties, and Bodies In Motion: Spanish Vanguard Poetry, Mass Culture, and Gender Dynamics. She has also edited the complete works of poetry of Concha Méndez. She has published scores of scholarly articles and essays and more than one hundred book reviews. Her work has appeared in major journals in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.

In recognition of her service to the University, in 2005 Dr. Bellver was awarded the lifetime Don Schmiedel Service Award. For her efforts in creating women's studies at UNLV, an interview with her was published in 2006 as part of Las Vegas Women Oral History Project. For her outstanding record in teaching, service, and especially research, in 1998, Dr. Bellver was granted the rank of Distinguished Professor of Spanish.

Areas of Specialization

  • Spanish
  • Poetry of the Generation of 27
  • Postwar narrative by women
  • Twentieth Century Literature