Since joining MLL in 2004, my teaching duties have included elementary and intermediate Spanish language courses, Latin American literature and civilization courses at all levels, first-year writing seminars on Latin American topics, and interdisciplinary LAS seminars with colleagues in MLL, History, and Philosophy. I greatly enjoy teaching on Furman’s campus, but I am at my best working closely with students and colleagues on our study away programs in Spain and South America. Study away was the most crucial part of my own undergraduate formation; it is a pleasure to facilitate the same kinds of experiences for MLL students.

I write on a variety of Latin American literary topics. Much of my published research has focused on the Hispanic Caribbean, and my work on this area has informed several upper-level offerings—most recently, a course on the Caribbean sugar plantation (SPN 450) and a first-year writing seminar on Gabriel García Máruqez’s seminal Cien años de soledad. In preparation for an upcoming course tentatively titled Introduction to US Latino/a Studies (SPN 460), I published an article and a book chapter on Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos. Current essays examine recent novels by Chilean fiction writer and film director Alberto Fuguet, García Márquez’s La mala hora, and a companion piece to an earlier publication on García Márquez’s Del amor y otros demonios. I have recently taken to the fiction of Alejandro Zambra (Chile) and Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), and I hope to incorporate their work into scholarly projects in the not-so-distant future.

A past president of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, which has held its meeting at Furman at various times throughout the organization’s 60-plus-year history, I became the editor of the MIFLC Review, a peer-reviewed venue for MIFLC members, in 2015.

I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Furman in 2000. I completed my graduate work in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, earning M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Latin American literature. My doctoral research focused on the confluence of literary and social scientific interpretations of race in the Cuban Republic (1902-1959).

My wife, Anna, an epidemiologist by training, is a faculty member in Furman’s Health Sciences Department. We have three children—Addy, Charlie, and Oliver.​

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Caribbean Sugar and Slavery

With a primary focus on Cuba, this course will examine the Caribbean sugar plantation from 1492 through the 1990s. In addition to exploring the historical, political, and economic underpinnings of sugar monoculture, the course will highlight representations of the plantation in select works of fiction, essay and film.


Magical Spanish America

The Spanish-American narrative from the 1950s to present day, with particular focus on the magical, marvelous and the fantastic including an exploration of the function of magical realism within a Latin American context, paying special attention to literary representations of gender, class, national, religious and racial identities.


Introduction to Latin America

Introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America with particular emphasis on political and economic systems, literature, film, and history. Interdisciplinary study of the salient issues facing the region today, including its relationship with the United States.


Issues in Latin America

Capstone course for the Latin American Studies concentration. Thematic focus varies depending on interest and expertise of the instructor. Past topics have included sustainable development, current politics, and the intersection of literature and history. Course is taught in English and is recommended for juniors and seniors


Elementary Spanish I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. An appreciation of Spanish-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.


Intensive Elementary Spanish

Designed to prepare students with some background in Spanish for the first intermediate level course.


Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in first elementary course, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences.


Intermediate Spanish I

Continuation of the development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding the reading and writing skills.


Intro to Spanish Readings

Builds upon the basic skills developed through the first intermediate course. By reading numerous short works of fiction and nonfiction and through discussions and short written assignments in Spanish, students enhance their critical listening, speaking, reading, writing skills while expanding vocabulary and cultural skills necessary for further study.


Latin American Civilization

Introduction to Latin America through its Iberian, indigenous, and African heritage; its social institutions; its religious and social customs, festivals, and folklore; its languages and other systems of communication; its literature and arts; and its diversions and cuisine.


Survey of Spanish Amer Lit

Introduction to the major authors and representative works of Spanish America, with concentration on the age of Modernism to the present.


Spanish American Narrative

The development of the Spanish-American narrative from the period of Discovery and Conquest to the present, with emphasis on contemporary writing. Indigenous works such as the Mayan Popol Vuh are also considered. Examination of historiography, the essay, novels, and short stories.


Spanish-American Short Story

In-depth consideration of the development of the short story in Spanish America, with a primary focus on the definitive works of the Twentieth Century by authors such as Borges, Cortazar, Garcma Marquez, and Valenzuela. Includes a brief overview of short fiction in colonial and nineteenth-century Spanish America.


Studies in Hispanic Civ

Close examination of a particular aspect of Hispanic civilization through a variety of disciplinary perspectives and media. Critical assessment of phenomena of cultural importance in Spain and/or Latin America. May be repeated for credit with a change of instructor/topic.


U.S. Latino/a Studies

In-depth examination of the literary production of Hispanics in the United States with special focus on Chicano and Dominican-American narrative. Includes consideration of the formation and negotiation of Latino identities through such media as television, film, and music.

President, Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC), 2014.

Editor, MIFLC Review, 2015 - present.

  • Cass, Jeremy L. “The Hypothetical Homeland: Looking for Cuba in Hijuelos’s Our House in the Last World, A Simple Habana Melody, and Thoughts Without Cigarettes.” In Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space. Ed. Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. 111-131.​
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Imagining Cuba in Hijuelos's A Simple Habana Melody." Label Me Latina/o: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Latino Production. 2.3 (Fall 2012): 1-17.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Why Is No One Talking about Memoria de mis putas tristes?" South Atlantic Review 76.1 (2011): 113-128.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Deciphering Sedition in Sab: Avellaneda's Transient Engagement with Abolitionism." Romance Quarterly 57.3 (2010): 183-204.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Finding a Place for ¡Ecué-Yamba-O!: Carpentier's Tenuous Dialogue with Afrocubanismo." Romance Notes 49.3. (2009): 313-322.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Black Aesthetic/White Poets: The Vogue of 'Afro-Cuban Poetry' in the Republic." Latin American Literary Review XXXVII 74 (2009): 38-62.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Race and Resistance in Del amor y otros demonios." The Latin Americanist 53.4 (2009): 49-70.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "Performing the Mulatto Paradox in Arriví's Vejigantes." Latin American Theatre Review 41.2 (2008): 17-28.
  • Cass, Jeremy L. "La polémica del esteticismo en la poesía modernista de Luis Lloréns Torres." La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 9 (2004): 1-15.

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