Renée Craig-Odders

Office: ​CCC 407
Email: ​rcraigod@uwsp.edu
​Phone: ​715-346-2424

Biography

Renée Craig-Odders has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She joined the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1994. She teaches all levels of Spanish language, Spanish civilization and culture, Spanish for Business, and various peninsular literature courses.

Dr. Craig-Odders is a specialist in Hispanic detective and crime fiction. She has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles on this topic. Her other research interests include contemporary peninsular women authors.

Dr. Craig-Odders is certified as an Oral Proficiency Interviewer with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and regularly conducts these interviews in conjunction with the language teacher education program at UWSP.

Professor Craig-Odders lives in Plover with her husband and two daughters.

Education

Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Northwestern University, 1993.

MA, Foreign Language and Literature (Spanish), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1988.

BA, Spanish, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1984.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Books

Craig-Odders, Renée and Jacky Collins. Eds. Crime Scene Spain: Investigations of Place in Contemporary Spanish Crime Fiction. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2009.

Craig-Odders, Renée, Jacky Collins and Glen S. Close. Eds. Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro Tradition. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2006.

Craig-Odders, Renée. Democracy, Disillusionment and Beyond: The Detective Novel in Post-Franco Spain. University Press of the South, 1999.

Articles

“Sin, Redemption and the New Generation of Detective Fiction in Spain: Lorenzo Silva’s Bevilacqua series,” in Ciberletras: Journal of literary criticism and culture, Volume 15, July, 2006. http://www.lehman.edu/ciberletras/

“Digging up the Cultural Past of Galicia: Carlos Reigosa’s Nivardo Castro Series” in Clues, 2006.

“Intertextuality in Esther Tusquets’ Con la miel en los labios,” in Romance Languages Annual, 1999.

“Fantasy and Reality in Rosa Montero’s Bella y oscura,” in Visión de la Narrativa Hispáncia: Ensayos, 1999.

"Realismo crítico and Narrative Strategy in Post- Franco Spanish Detective Fiction: The Case of Andreu Martín," in Romance Languages Annual, 1997.

Chapters

“Barcelona: ‘la gran novela negra’ in Francisco González Ledesma’s Inspector Méndez Series ” in Craig-Odders, Renée and Jacky Collins. Eds. Crime Scene Spain: Investigations of Place in Contemporary Spanish Crime Fiction. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2009.

Introduction to Crime Scene Spain: Investigations of Place in Contemporary Spanish Crime Fiction. Craig-Odders, Renée and Jacky Collins. Eds. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2009.

“The Female Eye: Feminism and Cultural Citizenship in the Police Novels of Alicia Giménez Bartlett.” Accepted for publication in Alicia Giménez- Bartlett/Petra Delicado: Documenting the Rise of a Female Detective. (forthcoming 2009)

“Shades of Green: The Police Procedural in Spain.” In Craig-Odders, Renée, Jacky Collins and Glen S. Close. Eds. Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro Tradition. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2006. 103-122.

Introduction to Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro Tradition. Craig-Odders, Renée, Jacky Collins and Glen S. Close. Eds. McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, 2006. 1-15.

Recent and Upcoming Conference Presentations

“Gender, Power and Identity in the Police Novels of Alicia Giménez Bartlett,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention held Nov. 14-16, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN.

“Motherhood, Marriage and Misogyny in the Petra Delicado Series,” at XVIII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica held October 16-18, 2008 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

“Barcelona: ‘la gran novela negra’ in Francisco González Ledesma’s Una novela de barrio.”At the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference held April 17-19, 2008 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

“Regional Autonomy and Collective Identity in the Spanish Detective Novel The Case of Carlos González Reigosa.” At International Conference on Spanishness in the Spanish Novel and Cinema of the 20th-21st Century held May 4-5, 2007 at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

“Francisco González Ledesma’s Inspector Méndez Series: donde las calles de Barcelona duermen su nostalgia.” At Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention held Nov. 9-12, 2007 in Cleveland, OH.

“Morality and Gender in the Police Novels of Alicia Giménez Bartlett.” At the XVII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica held at the Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de Sevilla Oct. 24-26, 2007 in Seville, Spain 24-26.

“The Female Eye: Feminism and Cultural Citizenship in The Police Novels of Alicia Giménez Bartlett.” At Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures held Oct- 4-6, 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Demarginalizing Spanish Detective Fiction: The Case of Carlos González Reigosa,” at Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures held Nov. 16-18, 2006 at the University of Missouri, CO.

“Méndez at the Crossroads: The Detective Fiction of Francisco Gónzalez Ledesma at Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention held Nov. 9-12, 2006 in Chicago, IL.

“Shades of Green: The Police Procedural in Spain.” At the Midwest Modern Language Association 45th Annual Convention, November 4-7, 2004, St Louis, MO.

“Galician Gumshoe Uncovers Smoking Gun Once Again in Tobacco Traffic Case: Carlos Reigosa’s La Guerra del Tabaco and Other Nivardo Castro Cases,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association 45th Annual Convention, November 7-9, 2003, Chicago, Illinois.

“Generic Transgressions and Intertextuality in Two Novels by Lorenzo Silva,” June 27, 2002 at The Hispanic Detective Conference, held at Royal Holloway University, London, June 27-30, 2002.

“Cinema, Music and Narrative Structure in Ignacio Martínez de Pison’s “Otra vez la noche,” September 23, 2000 at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature held at UW-Madison.

“Fantasy and Reality in Rosa Montero’s Bella y oscura,” October 23-24, 1998 at XXVI Congreso Annual de Literaturas Hispánicas held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Intertextuality in Esther Tusquets’ Con la miel en los labios,” October 16-17, 1998 at Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures and Film held in West Layfayette, Indiana.

“Realismo crítico and Narrative Strategy in Post-Franco Spanish Detective Fiction: The Case of Andreu Martín,” October 11, 1996 at Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures and Film held in West Layfayette, Indiana.

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Spanish (101, 102)
  • Intermediate Spanish (211, 212)
  • Intermediate Spanish (313, 314)
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature (340)
  • Advanced Composition and Conversation (345)
  • Spanish for the Professions: Business (355)
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization (481)
  • Advanced Literature Courses:
    • Twentieth-century Spanish Novel
    • Literatura femenina de la posguerra española
    • Literatura de la posguerra española
    • Cervantes
    • El cuento hispánico

Honors

2009 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Scholar Award.