Margaret E. Boyle

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Teaching this semester

HISP 2220/LAS 2220. Health and Healing in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

Explores a range of literary and cultural texts related to the theory, practice, and experience of health and healing in the early modern Hispanic world. Topics include gender and medicine; health and spiritual practices; herbalists and apothecaries; botanists and natural historians; gardens and gardeners; diet and food; healer and patients. Taught in English. Students wishing to take the course for Spanish credit should register for Hispanic Studies 3220 and complete all written work in Spanish.

HISP 2305/LAS 2205. Advanced Spanish, A

The study of topics in the political and cultural history of the Spanish-speaking world in the twentieth century, together with an advanced grammar review. Covers a variety of texts and media and is designed to increase written and oral proficiency, as well as appreciation of the intellectual and artistic traditions of Spain and Latin America. Foundational course for the major. Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant.

Margaret's teaching and research spans the literature and culture of early modern Spain and colonial Latin America, as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence and Punishment in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2014). Her primary interests include early modern women's literary and cultural history, comedia history and performance, and practices of early modern health and healing.

Education

  • Ph.D. , Emory University. Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Graduate Certificate, Emory University. Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • M.A., Emory University. Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • B.A., Reed College. Department of Spanish

Selected Publications

Monograph

Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain. Toronto: University of Toronto PressUnruly 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.

Interview: Behind the Book with Margaret E. Boyle by Elizabeth Glenn

Articles

“Teaching Don Quixote in the Digital Age: Page and Screen, Visual and Tactile” (with co-author Crystal Hall) Hispania 99.4 (2016): 600-14.

“‘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. “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. 

Curatorial Work

 “How She Should Behave: Women’s Archetypes in Early Modern Europe” Bowdoin College Museum of Art. October 24- December 5, 2013.

 

Selected Conferences

“A Science of Mothering in 16th Century Spain.” Grupo de Estudios Sobre la Mujer en España y las Americas. San Juan, Puerto Rico. October 2016.

“Women, Herbs and Healing in Early Modern Spain.” Renaissance Society of America. Boston, MA. March 2016.

“In Search of Forgotten Women in Pre-1800 Iberia and the Americas.” Modern Language Association. Vancouver, Canada. January 2015.

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.