In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Brian J. Dendle

Brian J. Dendle (1936-2013) Born in Oxford, England, Brian Dendle received a degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught Spanish at the University of Kentucky for over thirty years from 1971 to 2005 and served as Editor of the scholarly journal Romance Quarterly. His contributions to the study of language and literature, through numerous books and articles, are known internationally. Some of his books are:
The Spanish Novel of Religious Thesis (1876–1936). Castalia. (republishing of his doctoral dissertation), 1968
Galdós: The Mature Thought. The University Press of Kentucky, 1980
Galdós: The Early Historical Novels. The University of Missouri Press, 1986
Galdós y Murcia: Epistolario de Benito Pérez Galdós y Alberto Sevilla Pérez. Universidad de Murcia, 1987
Galdós y "La Esfera". Universidad de Murcia, 1990

John Esten Keller III

John Esten Keller III Medieval Spanish scholar, professor emeritus in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, author of some 40 scholarly books and 50 articles in the fields of Medieval, Renaissance and Hispanic literature and culture and several works of fiction, and lecturer of renown. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught for 18 years before returning to his Alma Mater as director of the College of Letters and Languages and chairman of Spanish and Italian. It was he who in 1967 formed the Department, now known as Hispanic Studies, at Kentucky. Five professors and 25 graduate students to serve as teaching assistants transferred from the Department of Romance Languages of the University of North Carolina to Kentucky, where a full graduate program was soon instituted, attracting new faculty and students. Dr. Keller retired from the classroom in 1988 at age 71 due to the University's retirement policy at the time but continued to conduct research, write books and lecture throughout the United States and abroad. In 2007 he was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements and for his contributions to the University of Kentucky. During his active career at the University he received the Sang Award (1972-73) for outstanding contributions to graduate education at UK; the College or Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Award, the highest professional recognition offered by the College (1977-78); served on the Board of the Medieval Academy of America and on the editorial board of its publication Speculum; was editor in chief of Kentucky's Studies in Romance Languages and of Kentucky Romance Quarterly; and was president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky, the University of Granada in Spain and Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. He has lectured on the Canticles of Alfonso X, the Learned, a 13th century Spanish king, at more than 60 institutions in the U.S. and abroad, in English and Spanish. In 1985 King Juan Carlos of Spain conferred upon him the Order of Alfonso X, one of the oldest and top awards Spain offers, for his long outstanding work in furthering the understanding of Spanish literature and culture. Dr. Keller edited numerous important medieval Spanish and Latin texts and wrote critical studies of early Spanish literature as well as a popular and widely used students' history of Spanish literature, several novels, one of which was published in Spain, and translated and published numerous short stories from Spanish and French.


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