Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998. My scholarship focuses on the literature and cultures of Spain, interfaces between genres, religion and poetry, gender roles and social class, works by and about women, and Baroque aesthetics. In courses with students we examine canonical Spanish texts by siglo de oro, or 'Golden Age,' authors, medieval and colonial works, and contemporary reworkings of these traditions, using literary, social, and decolonial theory. Regularly taught courses are SPAN 3030 Texts in Global Contexts; SPAN 4040 Literary Adventures in Spain; SPAN 6200 Empire and its Discontents; SPAN 8180 Literary Theory, topics courses in Spanish, and an occasional course in English under the ROML prefix. FYO seminars are Life is a Dream: Spain and Modern Art; Western Magic Before and After the Scientific Revolution; and Working with Rare Books and Manuscripts.
I am interested in mentoring Spanish and Romance Languages students on their research, including Honors, CURO, and MA projects. Romance Languages undergraduates and graduate students who wish to become more proficient at primary source research by using UGA's Special Collections archives, such as the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, are welcome to contact me for individual guidance. Graduate students please read my guidelines for working together.
Early modern Spain, treatises, conduct books, theology & religion, satire & burlesque, class & gender, works by and about women, Baroque aesthetics.
- Francisco de Osuna’s Norte de los estados in Modernized Spanish: A Practical Guide to Conjugal Life in Sixteenth-Century Europe. Leeds, UK: ARC Humanities Press, 2019. 360 pp.
- Heretical Mixtures: Feminine and Poetic Opposition to Matter-Spirit Dualism in Spain, 1531-1631. Valencia, Spain: Albatros-Hispanófila Siglo XXI, 2007. 229 pp. (on Luis de Góngora's poetics).
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
- "Winds, Heart, and Heat in Premodern Franciscan and Nahua Concepts of 'Soul.'" Colonial Latin American Review. 27.3 (2018): 296-315. https://doi.org/10.1080/10609164.2018.1527525
- “‘Your Clogs will be My Stairway to Heaven:’ A Wife’s Spiritual Goodness in Francisco de Osuna’s Reformist Dialogue on Marriage, Norte de los estados.” Paradigm Shifts during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2019: 255-78.
- “Social Class.” In Using Primary Sources: A Practical Guide for Students. Ed. Jonathan Hogg. Liverpool University Press and University of Liverpool Library in partnership with KISC, 2017. An Open Access e-textbook.
- “Jealousy in María de Zayas’s Intercalated Poetry: Lyric Illness and Narrative Cure.” In Golden Age Poetry in Motion. Eds. Jean Andrews and Isabel Torres. Woodbridge, England: Tamesis, 2014: 145-163.
- “Conceptualización de la naturaleza creativa: Góngora y Luis Martín de la Plaza en Flores de poetas ilustres (1605).” In Los géneros poéticos del Siglo de Oro: Centros y periferias. Eds. Rodrigo Cacho Casal y Anne Holloway. Woodbridge, England: Tamesis, 2013: 295-312.
- “Humanist and Mystical Understanding in Luis de León’s ‘Noche serena’ and John of the Cross’s ‘La noche oscura.’” In Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Avila and the Spanish Mystics. Ed. Alison Weber. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009: 232-239.
- “Fray Luis de León.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 318: Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers. Ed. Gregory B. Kaplan. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clarke & Layman, Inc., 2006: 138-146.
- “Sixteenth-Century Spanish Humanism.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 318: Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers. Ed. Gregory B. Kaplan. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clarke & Layman, Inc., 2006: 296-304.
- “The Early Modern Sonnet's Lessons of Petrarchism and Militarism.” Ed. Edward Friedman. Calíope 11.2 (2005): 33-43.
- “Góngora’s Invocation of Prudente Cónsul: Censorship and Humanist Doubts about his Lyric Language.” Hispanófila 142 (2004): 1-19.
- “Scripted Oralities circa 1607-1617: Language and Intention in Góngora’s Las firmezas de Isabela and Lope’s Lo fingido verdadero.” Bulletin of the Comediantes 55.1 (2003): 47-67.
- “Shipwreck as Heresy: Placing Góngora’s Poetry in the Wake of Renaissance Epic, Fray Luis and the Christian Kabbala.” Hispanic Review 70.3 (2002): 413-432.
Other Relevant Information
- Special Collections Faculty Fellow, 2021
- CTL Writing Fellows Program, 2018-2019
- Book Review Editor, Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, 2015-2021
- Associate Academic Director for Public Programs, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, 2014-2017
- President, GEMELA, Group for the Study of Women in Spain and Latin America, 2013-2015
- President, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, 2013-2014