Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Brown University, 2013
A.M., Brown University, 2010
Lic. (B.A.), Complutense University of Madrid, 2006
- Early modern Spanish and colonial Latin American literature
- Renaissance Poetics and Rhetoric
- Lyric theory
- Early modern medicine
My research focuses on poetry and literary theory in early modern Spain and colonial Latin America. It seeks to understand early modern cultural production in its own terms, while at the same time participating in current critical debates. Thus I maintain throughout a transatlantic approach and a keen interest in other fields of Renaissance knowledge, particularly medicine, astrology, philosophy and political theory. My book project, which builds on my dissertation, bears the tentative title of The Melancholy Void: Poetics and the Problem of Lyric in the Age of Góngora and Cervantes. It analyzes a series of major changes in poetic theory and practice in Spain at the outset of the Baroque, particularly the emergence of lyric as a distinctive theoretical category and the corresponding configuration of new poetic subjects and languages, most notably by Góngora. During his career and that of Cervantes, melancholy became a privileged notion to articulate these pressing problems and enable change because it accounted both for inward contemplation and for outward—often violent—action upon the world. Thanks to the interdisciplinary richness of melancholy, Cervantes in La Galatea, Ercilla in La Araucana and Góngora in Polifemo and Soledades examined the affect, agency and embodiment of the poetic subject; the fledgling theory of the lyric; and the political and ethical place of poetry within the changing early modern state. The book also studies overlooked poets like Francisco de la Torre and Juan de Arguijo to trace the construction of subjectivity through lyrical sequences, and Diego Mejía de Fernangil to examine the creole voice in colonial Peru and Mexico.
Span 003: Intensive Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2013)
Span 004: Intensive Advanced Spanish (Fall 2013-Spring 2015)
Span 056: Don Quijote (Spring 2014)
Litr 049S: Cervantes’s Don Quixote: The Narrative Quest (Spring 2015)
Litr 009S/ Span 009: FYS: A New World: Conquests, Encounters and Dialogues in and around Colonial Latin America (Fall 2014)
“‘Acoged blandamente mi suspiro’: El beso de almas en la poesía petrarquista española del siglo XVI.” Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica 26 (2008): 259-90.
Manuscripts under peer-review
“Las ‘muchas (aunque bárbaras)’ voces líricas de La Araucana y la índole poética de una ‘historia verdadera’.”
“‘No se puede saber nada’: Sincerity, ‘Persona’ and Theory of the Lyric in Cervantes’s La Galatea (1585).”
“Exceso de palabras: Del tirano como poeta en Alejandra de Lupercio Leonardo de Argensola y La cruel Casandra de Cristóbal de Virués.” El teatro profano del siglo XVI. Ed. Julio Vélez-Sainz. Special issue of Criticón (2015) [commissioned by the guest editor].
Isabel Torres, Love Poetry in the Spanish Golden Age: Eros, Eris and Empire (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2014). Revista de estudios hispánicos [forthcoming].
David R. Castillo, Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010) and Christopher D. Johnson, Hyperboles: The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard University Department of Comparative Literature, distributed by Harvard University Press, 2010). Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 18.3 (2013): 165-70.
Adrienne Laskier Martín, An Erotic Philology of Golden Age Spain (Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2008). Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica 29 (2011): 331-33.