Felipe Valencia, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, attended graduate school at Brown University (M.A. 2010, Ph.D. 2013), and completed his undergraduate studies at the Complutense University of Madrid (B.A. 2006). His work focuses on Renaissance and Baroque literature from Spain and Latin America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a special interest in poetry, early modern literary theory, melancholy, tragedy, and the pastoral. He is currently revising his dissertation into a book manuscript for publication. Titled "'El melancólico vacío': Poesía, poética y melancolía entre La Galatea de Cervantes y las Soledades de Góngora (1585-1614)," it explores the fundamental role of melancholy in the emergence and configuration of new poetic subjects, poetic languages, and spaces for genres like the lyric in Spanish poetry at the turn of the seventeenth century. His other long-term projects include studies on the medicalization of poetic discourse in early modern literature; on the influence of humanist, particularly Erasmian, ideas on friendship in the development of Golden Age narrative; and on canon-formation in Viceregal Peru.
At Swarthmore, Prof. Valencia teaches intensive intermediate and advanced Spanish, in addition to an advanced course on Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quijote, in Spanish (spring of 2014). In the spring of 2015, he will teach Don Quijote in English, focusing on the book's theory of narrative. At Brown, he taught all levels of Spanish language and an introductory survey on Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present.