Alumni Spotlight

March 23, 2018

This week S&P would like to recognize Benito Quintana.  Dr. Quintana graduated with his PhD in Hispanic Literature in 2005.  He is currently living in the state of Hawaii.  
Benito Quintana is Associate Professor and Chair of the Spanish Division at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
His areas of specialization are 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish Theater and Literature, with particular emphasis on the comedias of the conquest of the Americas. Additional interests are Colonial Literature and cultural studies, as well as the development and perception of the conquest of the Americas in contemporary cultural perspectives found in theatre, literature, and public education.
His most recent publication, a critical edition of the Spanish comedia Los españoles en Chile by Francisco González de Bustos, appeared in 2012 (Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs). He is currently working on a second critical edition of the stage play by Fernando de Zárate, La conquista de México, as well as a monograph addressing the conquest of the Americas as represented in theatre from the 17th- to the 20th-century in Spain and the Americas.
Dr. Quintana has also published several articles on colonial narratives of the Americas, the representation of women in the conquest of the Americas as staged in Spanish classical theatre (comedias), and the representations of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in Mexico’s public education textbooks (1960-2005).
Formally an avid competitive cyclist for the University of New Mexico Lobo cycling team, Dr. Quintana now enjoys long distance trail running and has participated in several ultra marathons in the islands of Hawaiʻi.
Thank you Benito, for sharing with our community.  Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!