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Literary Aesthetics & Poetics

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Literary Aesthetics & Poetics is the study of poetry, prose, dramatic works, and other genres of oral and written expression across languages to understand their structures, meanings, contexts, and reception over time.  Scholarship in the department examines and critically interprets poetry, short story and the novel, theater and film, treatises, histories, essays, letters and journalism through historical periods using philological methods as well as literary and cultural theory. 

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Mexican Narrative, Disaster Studies, Latin American Ecocriticism, the Total Novel 


Latin American literature Book History Digital Humanities Publishing History Descriptive and Analytical Bibliography Access and Preservation of the Cultural Record

Premodern Spain, treatises, conduct books, lyric poetry, Franciscan studies, class & gender, works by and about women, Baroque aesthetics.

Digital Poetry & Poetics & Humanities, Cyberculture, Science & Literature & Culture, Human Rights, Posthumanism

Early modern Italy, Italian colonialism, Gender Studies

Dr. Feracho specializes in contemporary Latin American narrative and in particular women's narrative of the Caribbean, as well as Afro-Latin American narrative and poetry. Her current research involves cross-cultural literary texts (in both narrative and poetry) of women writers of African descent from the Americas (both Spanish-speaking and…

Medieval Italian literature, Italian cinema and theater.

17th and 18th century French literature, French encounters with the Islamicate world, Mediterranean Studies. 

19th and 20th century Latin American literatures. Modernization and Modernisms. Travel Writing. Journalism, politics and literature.

Specialization in Renaissance humanism, humanist pedagogy, epistolography and paleography. Current research project: Claude Dodieu: Lettres et papiers (working title).

Italian lyric and epic poetry, modern and contemporary fiction, women writers, literary theory, film studies, philosophy of education

French literature, 19th-century poetics and æsthetics.

Latin American colonial literature, culture and historiography, particularly in the New Kingdom of Granada. Other interest and areas of research include social and political theory of the baroque, discourses of Latin American national identity, and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Latin American literature, especially modernismo. …

I study and teach about early modern Spain in the context of imperial expansion. I am also the editor of the Bulletin of the Comediantes, the international journal devoted to the study of early-modern Spanish theater. My book, The Epic of Juan Latino: Dilemmas of Race and Religion in Renaissance Spain (University of Toronto…

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