Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
(on leave for the fall 2016 semester)
Romance Languages And Literatures
Edward Pols House - 205
A chronological introduction to the cultural production of the Spanish-speaking world from pre-Columbian times to the present, with particular emphasis on the analysis of poetry and theater. Examines major literary works and movements in their historical and cultural context. Conducted in Spanish.
Provides a semester immersion in the reading, words, and libraries of “Don Quixote” and its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Alongside close reading of the novel, students explore the material culture of early modern Spain as well as its afterlife and emergence into the digital world. The course also provides an introduction to manuscript and book culture through intensive collaboration with Bowdoin College special collections. Course readings, discussion, and writing in Spanish.
Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Honorable mention for Best Book of 2014, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
“‘Skills proper to their Sex’: Cecilia Morillas and a New Domestic Education in Early Modern Spain” Gender and History 27.2 (2015): 292-305.
“A Starlet Deformed: Seeing Women in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 44.1 (2015): 19-28.
“Portrait of an Actress in Eighteenth Century Peru” Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment 38.1 (2015): 71-82.
“Women’s Exemplary Violence in Luis Vélez de Guevara’s La Serrana de la Vera” Bulletin of the Comediantes 66.1 (2014): 159-175.
“Chronicling Women’s Containment in Bartolomé Arzáns de Orsúa y Vela’s History of Potosí” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 39 (2010): 279-296
“Inquisition and Epistolary Negotiation: Examining the Correspondence of Teresa de la Valle y la Cerda.” Letras Femeninas, Mujeres alborotadas: Early Modern and Colonial Women’s Cultural Production: A Festschrift for Electa Arenal 35.1 (2009): 293-309.
“How She Should Behave: Women’s Archetypes in Early Modern Europe” Bowdoin College Museum of Art. October 24- December 5, 2013.
“Women, Herbs and Healing in Early Modern Spain.” Renaissance Society of America. Boston, MA. March 2016.
The Moral Celebrity? Actress Portraits in Early Modern Spain” Renaissance Society of America. New York, NY, March 2014.
“Cecilia Morillas and a ‘New’ Domestic Education” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2013. (Panel organizer)
“Acting Morals in the Narrative of Michaela Villegas” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Cleveland, OH. April 2012.
“Return to Eden: Monastic Women Writing Nature” Grupo de Estudios Sobre la Mujer en España y las Americas. Portland, OR. October 2012.
“In Search of Forgotten Women in Pre-1800 Iberia and the Americas.” Modern Language Association. Vancouver, Canada. January 2015.
“Marcela de San Félix and the Early Modern Garden” Renaissance Society of America. Washington, D.C. March 2012. (panel organizer)
“Women's Authorship and Reform in Magdalena de San Jerónimo's Razón y forma de lagalera y casa real (1608)" Modern Language Association. Los Angeles, CA. January 2011.
“Spectacle, Violence and Exemplarity in Luis Vélez de Guevara’s La serrana de la Vera (1613)” National Women’s Studies Association. Denver, CO. November 2010.
“Spectacular Reformation: The Theatrics of Recogimiento in Early Modern Madrid.” Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. December 2009.
“Inquisition and Epistolary Negotiation: Examining the Correspondence of Teresa de la Valle y la Cerda.” Renaissance Society of America. Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.
“Visiones monstruosas de lo femenino.” Graduate Student Conference, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory U. Atlanta, GA. February 2009.
“La pícara y la política en el teatro de Ana Caro.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Agnes Scout C. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.
“Honor, Reputation and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century: A Transatlantic Approach.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Portland, OR. March 2008.
“El poder de las telas arañas: El amor cortesano y ‘la limpieza’ en La Celestina.” El Arte de Amar, U de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras. February 2007.
“Subject to Stage: Woman, Court and Metatheater in María de Zayas.” Association for Hispanic Classical Theater, El Paso, TX. March 2006.