David Herzberger

Distinguished Professor
(951) 827-1476
Office: HMNSS 2422

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. Pennsylvania State University, 1971
  • M.A. University of Illinois, 1973
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1975


David K. Herzberger specializes in modern Spanish literature, with a more concentrated focus on Francoist and post-Francoist Spain. He has written extensively on the post-Civil War Spanish novel, and has devoted much of his research in the past fifteen years to the relationship between fiction and historiography. More specifically, he has shown how Francoist historians sought to affirm the historical necessity of Franco by linking the regime to a heroic and Christian past, while fiction of the postwar period often served as a voice of opposition to this practice. Professor Herzberger is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles on the literature and culture of Spain. He has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and is recipient of the William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association. He is currently working on projects that examine the Spanish novel during the transition to democracy in Spain as well as the post-transition period.  His most recent books are A Companion to Javier Marías (2011), and a critical edition of Camilo José Cela’s La colmena (2012).

Previous Institutions

  • Marquette University, 1975-1980
  • University of Connecticut, 1980-2005