Independent Minds, Working Together
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Mary Addis

Associate Professor

Department/Affiliation: Comparative Literature, Spanish
Phone: 330-263-2381
Office Address: 228 Kauke


  • B.A. St. Mary's 1971
  • M.A., California (San Diego) 1977
  • Ph.D., California (San Diego) 1984

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish Level I
  • SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish Level I

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica
  • Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana
  • Addis is also co-founder and managing editor of the electronic journal Istmo Revista del Estudio de las Culturas Centroamericanas.


Addis’s primary research focuses on Central American Literature. Currently, she is working on a monograph on Lizandro Chávez Alfaro (1928-2006), who is considered the founder of the modern Nicaraguan novel. This project focuses on his historical novels and short stories and examines the texts' revisionist versions of national history and nationalist movements. Questions relating to definitions of masculinity, father-son relationships, and procreation recur throughout his opus.