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Dr. William Deaver

Professor of Spanish
Coordinator of the Spanish Program

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our friend, colleague, and mentor, Dr. William “Bill” Deaver. Bill passed away suddenly and peacefully at home in the arms of his beloved wife, Dr. Ana Torres, and their son Will, on the afternoon of April 28, 2019. Bill’s life was full of joy and happiness up to the last moment, and he passed away quietly and peacefully. Please join us in extending condolences to Ana and Will and in honoring Bill by keeping his memory alive in our hearts and thoughts.

A memorial service for will be held at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors’ Hodgson Chapel (7200 Hodgson Memorial Dr.; Savannah, GA  31406). The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm prior to the service.

There is an online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the “Spanish Travel Scholarship” in Bill’s memory (GSU Foundation 3350).

Grief counseling is available through the Counseling Center on the Armstrong campus, 7000 Compass Point Annex, any time during business hours. Services are also available on the Statesboro campus, Building #435 Forest Drive, each day 1:00-4:00 pm. Assistance is available on a drop-in basis, no appointment necessary.

Gamble Hall 234

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Virginia

Teaching Interests
Spanish, Spanish American Literature and Culture, U. S. Hispanic Film and Literature

Recent Publications
“Memories of Undevelopment: Justifing the Cuban Revolution, ”  Left Curve 38(2014):94-98.

“Un día en la vida: imágenes y símbolos de la guerra civil en El Salvador,” Theory in Action 6.2(April 2013): 1-14.

“Cien años de soledad: the Critique of Sophism and Pseudo-Science,” Theory in Action 6.1(January 2013): 8-28.

“Fresa y chocolate: A Subtle Critique of the Revolution in Crisis,” Coastal Review 4.6 (Spring-Summer 2013): 1-14.

“Cuarteles de Invierno: The Silent Subversion of Unsung Tangos,” Neophilologus 97.3 (2013): 513-22.  DOI 10.1007/s11061-012-9339-8, December 2012.

“Diario de Irak:  A Just War or Just War?  Theory in Action2:3 (July 2009): 118-133.

“Cara y cruz en la poesía de Marcela Del Río,” Romance Notes 47:2 (2007): 67-76.

“The Virgin, Biblical Knowledge, and the Papal Smear in Raining Backwards,” Crítica hispánica28 (2006): 63-71.

“Juan Felipe Toruño: cuentista comprometido de la insurrección,” in Juan Felipe Toruño: en dos mundos.  Rhina Toruño and Ardis Nelson, eds. Lawrence, MA: CBH Books, 2006:129-141.

“Miguel Piñero,” inLatino and Latina Writers. Volume II.  Alan West Durán, ed.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004:951-70.

“The Music of Rubén Blades and the Short Stories of Gabriel García Márquez: Cantando/Contando the Post-Colonial Legacy,” in Encuentro con la literatura panameña.  Humberto López Cruz, ed.  Panamá: Universal Books, 2003: 39-59.

“Lo reliogioso en un cuento de Clarín,” Romance Notes 43 (2002):91-98.

“El mundo de la selva en Un viejo que leía novelas de amor,” Alba de América 21 (Julio 2002): 349-58.

“Beyond Postmodernism: Reading Tratándose de ustedes” Monographic Review17 (2001): 119-30.

“The Concept of Honor in Gabriel García Márquez’s Del amor y otros demonios,” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos28(2001): 247-54.

“García Márquez’s Use of Days in Several Short Stories,” Hispanófila 133 (2001): 95-102.

“Virgil Suárez’s The Cutterand Going Under: Beat on the Drum or Beaten by the Humdrum?” Anales literarios3 (2001): 110-17.

“Obsesión, posesión, y opresión en Del amor y otros demonios,” Afro-Hispanic Review 19 (Fall 2000): 80-85.

Last updated: 12/19/2023