Bruce Willis - Faculty & Adjuncts

Bruce Willis, PhD

Bruce Willis, PhD
Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
College of Arts & Sciences
Language and Literature
918-631-2823 Website Oliphant Hall Room 184


PhD – University of Virginia MA – University of Virginia AB – College of William and Mary


Dr. Willis completed his A.B. at the College of William and Mary, including a semester at the Universidad de las Américas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He assumed his first faculty appointment at the University of South Alabama, and in 2002 he began work at the University of Tulsa. He has traveled in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Willis currently teaches Spanish American literatures and cultures (in Spanish) and has also taught Brazilian literature and culture (in English). His general research interests range widely through Latin American literatures, languages and cultures. His published materials include the monographs Body Articulations: Corporeality in Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature and Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade; articles in A Contracorriente, Brasil/Brazil, Chasqui, Gestos, Hispania, Hispanic Issues On Line, Hispanófila, Luso-Brazilian Review, and South Atlantic Review; edited chapters, translations, and creative writing. Presently he is researching iconography in the works of contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American writers, singer-songwriters, and visual artists.

Research Interests

Contemporary Literature, Music and Art of Greater Mexico

Teaching Interests

Advanced courses in Spanish on Latin American literature and culture.
Core courses in English on creative writing and on Brazilian literature.



  • Corporeality in Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature: Body Articulations
    New Directions in Latino American Cultures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Reviews: The Latin Americanist 57.3 (2013): 114-15; Hispania 91.1 (2014): 169-71; Chasqui 44.1 (2015): 245-46.

  • Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures Vol. 36. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2006. Reviews: Brasil/Brazil 35 (2007): 109-11; CHOICE (2007): February;
    Iberoamericana 35 (2008): in review essay 1-15; Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 32.2 (2008): 388-390; South Atlantic Review 73.2 (2008): 167-170; Revista Iberoamericana 76.232-233 (2010): 1014-16. Reprint: “Poetry as Orientation of the Creative Self: Vicente Huidobro” (part one), in Poetry Criticism 147. Gale / Cengage, 2014, pp. 184-214.

  • Editor, Essays on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Film in Memory of Dr. Howard M. Fraser. Mobile: U South Alabama, 2000.
    Reviews: Chasqui 30.1 (2001): 165-66; Hispania 85.1 (2002): 77-78.

Journal Articles

  • “Latex, Blood, Ink: Extraction and Exposure in the Amazonian Performances of Jorge Bandeira.” Amazonian Literatures. Ed. Lesley Wylie. University of Minnesota, Hispanic Issues On Line 16 (Fall 2014): 103-24.

  • Altazor: A New Arrangement.” Huidobro’s Futurity: Twenty-First-Century Approaches. Eds. Luis Correa-Díaz and Scott Weintraub. University of Minnesota, Hispanic Issues On Line 6 (Spring 2010): 72-92.

  • “Bed, Bath, and the Great Beyond: Remodeling the Poetic Body with Manuel Bandeira.”
    Luso-Brazilian Review 46.2 (2009): 76-89.

  • “Tradition and Innovation in Mexican Pastorelas and Posadas.” GESTOS: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico 41 (2006): 41-58.

  • “Color Beyond Phenotype: José Carlos Limeira’s Afro-Brazilian Muses.” Brasil/Brazil 30 (2003): 29-46.

  • La espada encendida: The Questioning Woman in Neruda’s Questionable Paradise.” South Atlantic Review 68.2 (2003): 71-90.

  • “Orientación y trayectoria de Huidobro en ‘Aviso a los turistas’ y ‘Manifiesto tal vez.'” Hispanófila 134 (2002): 75-90.

  • “Necessary Losses: Purity and Solidarity in Mário de Andrade’s Dockside Poetics.” Hispania 81 (1998): 261-68.

  • “A Desire for Equilibrium in Avant-Garde Poetics: Vicente Huidobro’s ‘Non serviam’ and Mário de Andrade’s ‘Parábola d’A Escrava que não é Isaura.'” Chasqui 26.2 (1997): 56-71. Reprint: Poetry Criticism 147. Gale / Cengage, 2014, pp. 170-80.

  • Canciones en la clase: The How and Why of Integrating Songs in Spanish by English-speaking and Bilingual Artists.” Hispania 77 (1994): 102-09. Cowritten with Keith Mason.

Book Chapters

  • “Loving Neruda.” Pablo Neruda and the U.S. Culture Industry. Hispanic Issues Volume 25. Ed. Teresa Longo. New York: Routledge, 2002. 85-96.

Translation or Transcriptions

  • “Love and Light in Brazil: Two Poems by José Carlos Limeira.” qarrtsiluni (March 3, 2011).

  • “¿Qué pasa México?” by Sarah Wright. Children’s Guide to Mexican Exhibits at Gilcrease Musuem of the Americas, 2008.

  • “Municipal Elections: Favor, Vote and Credit in the Pernambucan Sertão of Brazil” by Jorge Mattar Villela and Ana Claudia D. R. Marques. The Latin Americanist 49.2 (2006): 25-63.

  • “Carnaval en Veracruz: Celebraciones públicas, identidad y el inicio del turismo” by Andrew Grant Wood. Ulúa: Revista de Historia, Sociedad y Cultura de la Universidad Veracruzana 3 (2004): 139-74.

  • Black Intentions: Afro-Brazilian Poems. José Carlos Limeira. Salvador: Author’s edition, 2003. (Main translator.)

  • Willis , B. “Altazor: Nuevos Arreglos”. Huidobro Y El Futuro, Santiago.

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

  • Kuhnheim, Jill S. Beyond the Page: Poetry and Performance in Spanish America. Chasqui 44.1 (2015): 196-98.

  • Masiello, Francine. El cuerpo de la voz (poesía, ética y cultura). Chasqui 44.1 (2015): 196-98.

  • Lizama, Patricio and María Inés Zaldívar, eds. Bibliografía y Antología Crítica de las Vanguardias Literarias: Chile. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 45.1 (2011): 236-238. Invited review.

  • Lee, Jongsoo. The Allure of Nezahualcóyotl: Pre-Hispanic History, Religion, and Nahua Poetics.
    The Latin Americanist
    52.3(2008): 88-90.

  • Houston, Stephen, et al. The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya.
    The Latin Americanist
    50.2 (2007): 122-124.

  • Forster, Merlin H., and David Laraway. Árbol de imágenes: Nueva historia de la poesía hispanoamericana. The Latin Americanist 51.1 (2007): 100-101.

  • Unruh, Vicky. Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America: Intervening Acts. The Latin Americanist 50.1 (2006): 188-191.

  • Rosenberg, Fernando J. The Avant-Garde and Geopolitics in Latin America. The Latin Americanist 50.1 (2006): 188-191.

  • Ginway, M. Elizabeth. Brazilian Science Fiction. Cultural Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the Future. Chasqui 34.1 (2005): 164-167.

  • Causo, Roberto de Sousa. Ficção científica, fantasia e horror no Brasil 1875-1950. Chasqui 34.1 (2005): 164-167.

  • Tedlock, Dennis. Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice. Chasqui 33.1 (2004): 155-57.

  • Taylor, Diana. The Archive and the Repertoire. Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Chasqui 33.1 (2004): 155-57.

  • Forster, Merlin H. The Committed Word: Studies in Spanish American Poetry. The Latin Americanist 48.1 (2004): 104-106.

  • Caulfield, Sueann. In Defense of Honor: Sexual Morality, Modernity & Nation in Early Twentieth-Century Brazil. South Eastern Latin Americanist 46.3-4 (2003): 121-23.

  • Perrone, Charles A. and Christopher Dunn, eds. Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization. Chasqui 31.1 (2002): 136-39.

  • Suárez, José I. and Jack E. Tomlins. Mário de Andrade: The Creative Works. Chasqui 30.2 (2001): 169-170

  • Casa de Rui Barbosa. Inventário do Arquivo Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Chasqui 29.2 (2000): 156-57.

  • Corona, Ricardo, ed. Outras Praias. 13 Poetas Brasileiros Emergentes / Other Shores. 13 Emerging Brazilian Poets Chasqui 29.2 (2000): 156-57.

  • Perrone, Charles A. Seven Faces. Brazilian Poetry since Modernism. Chasqui 28.2 (1999): 133-34.

  • Teles, Gilberto Mendonça. A Escrituração da Escrita. Teoria e Prática do Texto Literário and &Cone de sombras. Chasqui 27.1 (1998): 171-73

  • Correa-Díaz, Luis. Lengua muerta. Poesía, post-literatura y erotismo en Enrique Lihn. Chasqui 27.2 (1998): 136-37.

  • Alencar, José de. Senhora. Profile of a Woman. Trans. Catarina Feldmann Edinger. Chasqui 27.2 (1998): 128-29.


  • “Vomparis.” Living Arts Chapbook, Tulsa OK, 2013.

  • “Flor y canto,” Oliverio Girondo,” “Norah Lange,” “Nicanor Parra,” and “Pastorela.” World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. 3 vol. Eds. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

  • “Angeles de nieve” (poem). Ángeles y Reiki. Online anthology, ed. Luis Moreno. 1 December 2010.

  • Time for Chocolate. Spiritwood, SK: One-Act Play Depot, 2009. Public reading as part of Original Plays Reading Series. Heller Theater, Tulsa OK, November 2012.

  • “Manuel Bandeira.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Brazilian Writers. Eds. Monica Rector and Fred M. Clark. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 78-88.

  • “A Streetcar Named Despair: Poetic Perspective of Oliverio Girondo’s Buenos Aires and Mário de Andrade’s São Paulo.” Essays on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Film in Memory of Dr. Howard M. Fraser. Ed. Bruce Dean Willis. Mobile: U South Alabama, 2000. 30-39.

  • “De nuevo” (short story). Torre de papel 2.2 (1992): 52-53.

  • Willis , B. “A Palavra Viva Da Poesia De José Carlos Limeira”. Runtó Das Letras: Coletânea De Limeira, Salvador.

Courses Taught

  • Explication of Hispanic Literary Texts
  • The Novel in Latin America
  • Independent Study
  • Latin American Cultures
  • Latin American Literature
  • Short Story of Latin America