Daniel Breining

Office: ​CCC 410
Email: dbreinin@uwsp.edu
​Phone: ​715-346-4946

Biography

Dan Breining studied Spanish while working in Mexico City during the 1980s. During his free time from his position as Co-Principal Bassoonist with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, he was able to teach music lessons, study Spanish at the El Centro Cultural Del Sur, and teach English as a Second Language. After returning to the US, Dan continued with his Spanish studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received his B.A. After graduating, he and his wife, Gabriela, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he completed his Master’s in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics with a concentration in Chicano studies. Dan, Gaby, and their two cats then moved to Madison where he received his Ph.D.

In addition to teaching Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dan enjoys canoeing, playing bassoon with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and spending time with his wife and ever increasing family of cats. Every summer Dan leads a group of students on a study abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, his segundo hogar.>

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, 2000.

University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, M.A., Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, 1994.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, B.A., Spanish Literature and Language, 1992.

El Centro Cultural Del Sur-Xochimilco, Mexico D.F., Diploma, Spanish Language, 1989.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Books

Western Cultural Symbols in Latin American and Chicano Literature An Expanded Edition. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen P, 2011.

Western Cultural Symbols in Latin American and Chicano Literature. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen P, 2010.

Mexican Theater and Drama From the Conquest Through the Seventeenth Century. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen P, 2007.

Dramatic and Theatrical Censorship of Sixteenth-Century New Spain. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen P, 2002.

Articles

“Orality and the Written Word in the Popol Vuh.” Monograph Series of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies (2009): 1116-1123.

“An Empowered Latin America, A Shakespearean Deconstruction of the Colonies.” Journal of Intercultural Disciplines 16 (2008): 20-37.

“The Sign of the ‘Other’ as Portrayed Through the Latino Experience.” Monograph Series of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies (2008): 1012-1032.

“Orality, Literacy, and the Preservation of History through Memory in the Mayan Dance Drama.” Baylor Journal of Theater & Performance 4.2 (2007): 47-56.

“History and Memory in Sixteenth-Century Mexican Theater: The Battle between Christianity and Native Popular Culture.” 2006 Conference Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities 4 (2006): 414-28.

“Identity through Literature of the Gay Chicano.” Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Office of Latino-Latin American Studies of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2005):45-61.

“El chicano gay, su identidad y su literatura.” Occasional Paper Series, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2002).

“El ‘Otro’ de Jacques Lacán en Como agua para chocolate de Laura Esquivel.” Literal 19 (1994): 33-36.

Recent and Upcoming Conference Presentations

“The Semiotics of Time and Body in Chicano Poetry” at the International Conference of the Semiotic Society of America held at Cincinnati, OH (2009)

“El presente y el pasado como presentado por Gustavo Sainz en su novela Gazapo” at the annual conference of North Central Council of Latin Americanists held at Simpson College, Indianola, IA (2009)

“Orality and the Written Word in the Mayan Popol Vuh” at the 17th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates, Baton Rouge, LA (2009)

“El impacto social de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” at the annual conference of North Central Council of Latin Americanists held at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI (2008)

“A German in Latin America: How Alexander von Humboldt Defined a People” at the 33rd Annual European Studies Conference at the University of Omaha, Omaha, NE (2008)

“Colonial Mexican Theater, ‘Signs’ of the Times” at the Phi Kappa Phi Spring Colloquium at UW-Stevens Point (2008)

“The Sign of the ‘Other’ as Portrayed in the Latino Experience” at the 16th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates, Baton Rouge, LA (2008)

“Grammar and Cultural Activities for the Communicative Spanish Classroom” three hour workshop in collaboration with Renée Craig-Odders, Associate Professor (UW-Stevens Point) at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association for Foreign Language Teachers (2007)

“Myth and Legend in the Conquered Indigenous Voice” at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists held at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI (2007)

“Theater, Semiotics, and Colonial Mexico” at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point L&S Humanities Forum (2007)

Organized and led the workshop “Tenochtitlán después de la conquista: el teatro de conversión” at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City (2006)

“The Topsy-Turvy World of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: A Conquered Conqueror” at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Open House (2006)

“Teachable Moments in Oaxaca, Mexico” at the Tenth Annual University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Teaching Conference (2006)

“History and Memory in Sixteenth-Century Mexican Theater: The Battle between Christianity and Native Popular Culture” at the Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI (2006)

“La herencia de Alejandro von Humboldt en la América Latina actual” at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists held at Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI (2005)

Translations of captions and titles for the artwork exhibited in “Spanish Colonial Religious Art 1650-1950: Work from a Midwest Collection” at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2005)

“El teatro mexicano colonial de Eusebio Vela y los aparatos del estado althusserianos” at the Spanish Golden Age Theater Symposium sponsored by the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater in conjunction with the Chamizal Theater Festival, El Paso, TX (2005)

“Literary Identity of Chicano Gays” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Minneapolis (2002)

“La minoría gay: cruzando fronteras en la literatura de los chicanos homosexuales" at the Midwest Conference on Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2002)

“Historical Preservation Versus Cultural Change in Pre-Hispanic Mayan Theater” at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, St. Louis, MO (2002)

“Ritmos latinos: Music and Cultural Activities for the Spanish Classroom" in collaboration with Renée Craig-Odders, Associate Professor (UW-Stevens Point) at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (2001)

“La homosexualidad: su intercambio cultural y manifestación literaria entre México y los Estados Unidos” at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists held at Simpson College, Indianola, IA (2001)

“Using Music to Teach Grammar in the Spanish Classroom” in collaboration with Renée Craig-Odders, Associate Professor (UW-Stevens Point) at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (2000)

“La subversión y la liminalidad de los dramas sociales de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” at The 13th Annual Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature sponsored by and held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1997)

“La identidad de la literatura de los chicanos gays” at The 11th Annual Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature sponsored by and held at the University of Kansas-Lawrence (1994)

“Apostolado de las Indias y martirio de un cacique de Eusebio Vela (1688-1737) y el colonialismo de la Nueva España” at the 2das Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano sponsored by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and held at Ciudad de Puebla, México (1994)

“Teorías lacanianas y La isla bárbara de Miguel Sánchez, El Divino” at the Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Language and Literatures sponsored by and held at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge (1994)

“El ‘Otro’ de Jacques Lacán en Como agua para chocolate de Laura Esquivel” at the VIII Simposio Internacional de Campos Semióticos sponsored by the Universidad Veracruzana and held at Xalapa, México (1993)

“La voz narrativa en la novela epistolar de aprendizaje, El principio del placer por José Emilio Pacheco” at the 2nd Annual University of New Mexico Conference on Ibero-American Culture and Society sponsored by and held at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque (1993)

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • Hispanics in the US
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • La literatura de los chicanos
  • Los dramas en un acto de la Latinoamérica contemporánea

Honors

2009 Certificate of Appreciation from the North Central Council of Latin Americanists

2008 Faculty/Staff of the Month, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2008 Featured Author at the Midwest Modern Language Association convention

2007 Featured Foreign Author at the University of Mexico-Mexico City

2005 Featured Author at the Midwest Modern Language Association convention

2003 Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2003 Honorary Faculty Member of Phi Eta Sigma

2003 Kersten Professional Research Award from the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

1990 Michael K. Morgan Scholarship in the Study of Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point