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Alonso Varo Varo

Alonso Varo Varo

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 125
(757) 594-7058


  • Ph D in Spanish, Vanderbilt University
  • MA in Psychology, University of Malaga (Spain)
  • MA in Spanish Language and Literature, Villanova University
  • BA in Economics, University of Granada (Spain)
  • BA in Business, University of Cadiz (Spain)


Professor Varo is committed to teaching Spanish language, literature, and culture at all levels, with a special interest in teaching courses on Modern and Contemporary Spanish prose and cinema.


Aesthetics of the narrative genre in the Spanish twentieth and twenty first-century, representations of the tragic, the limits of language, the interstices between music and literature, postmodernism, and identity theory.


Alonso Varo Varo is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Christopher Newport University. He holds Bachelor degrees from University of Cádiz and University of Granada (Spain). He completed his graduate studies at Villanova University (M.A.) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), with a specialization in Modern and Contemporary Peninsular Studies. In his pursue of a more effective approach to teaching, he complemented his language and literary training with an M.A. in Psychology (University of Málaga, Spain) where he specialized in the development of attention, empathy and social skills within educational contexts.

As an instructor, he has taught a variety of courses, ranging from beginning and intermediate Spanish, over conversation and writing strategies, to a variety of upper-level courses in Spanish literature, culture, and cinema, including advanced undergraduate seminars on topics such as identity and otherness in Contemporary Spain. He has also assisted in the development of various study abroad programs in Cádiz, Spain, and “The Way of St. James.”

In some of his more recent research works, Dr. Varo takes as a central theme the existential uprootedness of the contemporary subject within post-dictatorial Spanish narratives. He analyzes works by Cristina Fernández Cubas, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Pablo d'Ors as singular approaches to the representation of the tragic odyssey of our time and of the difficulty to find an original foundation from which to construct a sense of home and identity.

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