James Crapotta

Senior Lecturer

James Crapotta joined the Barnard faculty in 1975 and served as the director of the language program from 1987 to 2008. In addition to his teaching duties for the Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, he is affiliated with Barnard's Comparative Literature program.

Dr. Crapotta is the author of Kingship and Tyranny in the Theater of Guillén de Castro and the co-author of an edition of Castro’s Las mocedades del Cid and Facetas: Conversación y redacción. He has also written articles on Golden Age theater and language pedagogy. He has published video materials for several language textbooks as well as monthly video-viewing guides for Spanish TV-Magazine. He has served as Director for the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and was the video/film review editor for the Northeast Conference Newsletter.

His courses have included “Theater and Society in Contemporary Spain,” “Hispanic Cultures I the Age of Globalization,” “Language and Performance: Spanish-Language Theater in New York City,”  "Special Issues in Contemporary Spain" and two courses--one in Spanish and one in English--on gay and lesbian representations in Hispanic literature and film. His course “Opera and Literature/ Opera as Literature” has been a regular offering in the Comparative Literature program.

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Spanish language and literature
Hispanic theater and performance
Opera and literature

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BA, Queens College, CUNY

MA, PhD, Harvard University

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