Department of Spanish and Portuguese
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
I am a scholar of early modern Spain. I am particularly interested in the ways that cultural phenomena reflect and respond to historical circumstances and see the inauguration of literary genres as a key site for understanding this dynamic relationship. My first book, The Moor and the Novel: Narrating Absence in Early Modern Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) engages both literature and history to uncover fundamental connections between nationalist violence, religious identity, and the birth of the novel. (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137299925 .)
My current book project centers on a comparison of the empire-wide celebrations (literary, theatrical, and musical) surrounding the birth of the Hapsburg prince, Felipe Próspero (1657), for which the first zarzuela was written. I have also published articles on an array of topics, including Cervantes’s Don Quijote, Ginés Pérez de Hita, and the vihuela music of early modern Spain. In my teaching, I endeavor to create connections between the early modern world and our own, placing special emphasis on topics such as race, religion, gender, and nationalism as seen in early modern texts. I have twice taught for the University of New Mexico’s study abroad program, Conexiones, in Cáceres, Spain, and encourage all students to consider making study abroad a part of their college education.
- 16th- and 17th- century Spanish literature, especially the novel and Cervantes
- Cultural and interdisciplinary studies
- Secular music, in particular the vihuela repertoire and early zarzuela
- Festival culture of the Hapsburg Empire