Theodore Alan Sackett

Theodore Alan Sackett

Theodore Alan Sackett is an American university professor and Spanish literature scholar. Sackett is widely regarded as one of the foremost literary authorities on the novels of Ecuador’s most famous author, Jorge Icaza, and his work is frequently cited in critical essays and research studies on Icaza’s novels. He wrote an important book-length study on Jorge Icaza’s novels, “El arte en la novelistica de Jorge Icaza,” which was published by the House of Ecuadorian Culture in 1974. He also contributed to Ricardo Descalzi and Renaud Richard’s 1988 critical edition of Jorge Icaza’s novel “El chulla Romero y Flores” (1958), analyzing the composition, lexicon, and stylistics in Icaza’s mestizo-themed masterpiece. He worked as a Spanish professor at the University of Southern California from 1965 to 1996, and then as a professor and Chair of the Spanish department at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1996 to 2002.

Theodore Alan Sackett’s “El arte en la novelística de Jorge Icaza,” (English: The Art in Jorge Icaza’s Novels), is a 542-page study on Jorge Icaza’s novels. Published by Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, 1974.


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1966
  • M.A., University of Arizona, 1965
  • B.A., University of California-Riverside, 1962

Selected Works

  • The crisis in the novel of Benito Perez (1966)
  • El arte en la novelística de Jorge Icaza (1974)
  • Galdós y las máscaras (1982)
  • Pérez Galdós : an annotated bibliography (1968)
  • The Place of Culture in Foreign Language Instruction A Practical View (1970)
  • Play reports and synopses: Huasipungo, drama (1971)

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