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Jan E. Evans

J Evans

Professor and Graduate Director of Spanish

Baylor University
One Bear Place #97393
Waco, TX 76798-7393
Burleson 101.07

Spring 2016 Office Hours:
Monday 1:00-3:00pm; T 2:00-4:00pm; W 10:00-11:00am and by appointment

Ph.D., 2001 Michigan State
M.A., 1990 Emory University, Atlanta, GA
B.A., 1971 University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

Jan Evans CV

Advanced Conversation and Composition, Introduction to Hispanic Literature, 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Narrative, 20th Century Peninsular Literature

Research Interests
Miguel de Unamuno
The relationship of Søren Kierkegaard and Miguel de Unamuno



Miguel de Unamuno's Quest For Faith: A Kierkegaardian Understanding of Unamuno's Struggle to Believe. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013.

Unamuno and Kierkegaard: Paths to Selfhood in Fiction. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.

Müller, Paul. Kierkegaard's Works of Love: Christian Ethics and the Maieutic Ideal. Trans. C. Stephen Evans and Jan Evans. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1993.


“La existencia auténtica,” in Conversaciones sobre Kierkegaard. México, D. F.: Rosa Ma. Porrua Ediciones, 2014, 37-38.

“Unamuno’s Faith and Kierkegaard’s Religiousness A: Making Sense of the Struggle,” Hispanófila 168 (May, 2013): 55-67.

”Unamuno’s Passion for Immortality: Narcissism or Foundation for Religious Belief?” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 13 (Spring 2012): 27-39.

“Miguel de Unamuno: Kierkegaard’s Spanish Brother,” in Kierkegaard and Existentialism, Ed. John Stewart. Vol. 9 in Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, coordinated by the Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011, 375-391.

“The Metaphor of the River in Unamuno's El Cristo de Velázquez: Subversive Text or Devotional Reading?” Romance Notes 50.3 (2010): 279-86.

“Does Miguel de Unamuno’s Doubt Keep Him from Faith? Some Considerations with Glances to Pascal and Kierkegaard,” Christian Scholar’s Review 40.1 (Fall, 2010): 59-76.

”La metáfora de la llaga en Søren Kierkegaard y Miguel de Unamuno: La importancia del sufrimiento en la existencia auténtica,” Cuadernos de la cátedra Miguel de Unamuno 46.2 (2008): 13-25.


“Unamuno, Kierkegaard, Unhappy Lovers and Faith,” presented at the North American Christian Foreign Language Association annual conference, March 20-22, 2014 at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

“La desesperación de Kierkegaard en la obra de Miguel de Unamuno,” presented at Universidad Iberoamericana, Lomas de Santa Fe, México, D.F., October 16, 2013.

“La compresión de Kierkegaard por Miguel de Unamuno y la necesidad de que la verdad sea vivida,” la Cátedra Prima del Doctorado en Humanidades, presented at Universidad de Anáhuac, Lomas de Sol, México. D.F., October 17, 2013.

“Kierkegaard’s Sickness Unto Death and Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir,” presented at “Kierkegaard and the World,” a conference marking the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard’s birth at Australia Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, August 16-18, 2013. Also presented at Baylor’s conference “Kierkegaard: A Christian Thinker for our Time?” Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013.

“Miguel de Unamuno’s Spiritual Journey,” presented at the annual meeting of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association meeting at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, March 22-24, 2013.

“Miguel de Unamuno’s Quest for Faith,” presented to the Modern Foreign Languages Department, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, March 1, 2013 and to the Department of Languages and Literatures at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, October 15, 2012.

“Miguel de Unamuno’s Spiritual Biography: Confronting Death and the Unknown Beyond,” presented at South Central Modern Language Association annual meeting in San Antonio, TX, November 8-10, 2012.

“Miguel de Unamuno’s Lived Philosophy,” presented at the North American Christian Foreign Language Association meeting, March 22-24, 2012, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.

“Miguel de Unamuno’s Understanding of Søren Kierkegaard on the Need for Truth to Be Lived,” presented to the theology department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 2, 2011.

“Unamuno’s Existentialist Ethics,” presented at the international conference on “Ethics and Existentialism” at Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia, September 23-24, 2010.

“Unamuno’s Faith and Kierkegaard’s Religiousness ‘A’: Making Sense of the Life of Struggle,” presented at Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 15-17, 2010, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

“The Role of Doubt in Faith in Unamuno, Kierkegaard and Pascal,” Presented at Mid America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Kansas, November 5-8, 2009.

“Unamuno’s Passion for Immortality: Narcissism or Foundation for Religious Belief?” presented at South Central Modern Language Association, November 6-8, 2008, San Antonio, Texas. Also presented at North American Christian Foreign Language Conference in San Diego, CA, March 26-28, 2009.

“The Unhealed Wound: Suffering in Unamuno and Kierkegaard.” Invited lecture at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, December 3, 2008. Also presented at Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, KY, April 16-18, 2009.