Mary Quinn

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Associate Professor

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. ( .)

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. 

Research Interests

  • 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


Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

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Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070