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Dr. Beth Butler

Dr. Beth ButlerOne mark of the outstanding faculty at Muskingum University is their continued commitment to research and scholarship. Spanish professor Beth Butler demonstrates this well.

In April, Butler attended the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) in Lexington, Kentucky. She presented the paper “Narrando la anorexia en la ficción española: intertextualidades artísticas y literarias” (“Narrating Anorexia in Spanish Fiction: Artistic and Litarary Intertextualities”).

Butler explains, “This paper reframes a portion of my 2009…and demonstrates how the artistic and literary intertextual references in a selection of Spanish novels illustrate many aspects of anorexia and lead the reader to a greater understanding of the illness. My interest in this line of research was sparked during my doctoral studies at Florida State University; I read several contemporary novels whose characters suffer from eating disorders and I began to question their presence in Spanish literature. This is an intriguing area of research and I plan to develop my research into a book on the subject.”

Butler also led Muskingum students in studying this line of research. In the fall of 2009, Butler explored this topic with her Senior Seminar students.

Earlier in April, Butler also presented a paper at the Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures in Savannah, Georgia. Butler’s paper, “Debunking the Myths Used against Women: Isabel Allende’s City of the Beasts” “explores the manner in which Allende’s characters defy a number of patriarchal myths that limit the space of women, suggesting new possibilities for the characters and readers alike. This paper joins my love for one of Latin America’s great female writers, Isabel Allende, and my interest in feminism and women’s studies.”

Butler recently completed her fourth year of teaching at Muskingum.