Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
Ph. D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies (expected May 2013).
A. M., Hispanic Studies, May 2010.
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
B. A., Hispanic Philology (Licenciado en Filología Hispánica), June 2006.
My dissertation, titled “El melancólico vacío”: Poesía, poética y melancolía entre ‘La Galatea’ de Cervantes y las ‘Soledades’ de Góngora (1585-1614), examines the philosophical implications and formal repercussions of melancholy in Spanish poetry at the turn of the seventeenth century. During the age of Cervantes, melancholy was fundamental for thinking about and producing poetry because it both accounted for inward contemplation and for outward—often violent—action upon the world. It was a key category through which poets and theorists examined problems like the affect, agency and embodiment of the poetic subject; the genres, modes, and means of poetry; and the political place of poetry and poets within the changing early modern state. Melancholy became the condition for producing poetry, as in Cervantes’s pastoral romance La Galatea (1585). It provided models for constructing poetic subjects, as in the lyric sequences of Francisco de la Torre (1588) and Juan de Arguijo (1612). Finally, it unleashed new poetic languages and possibilities for poetic genres, as in Góngora’s major poems, Polifemo (1612-1613) and Soledades (1613-1614).
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
“‘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.
Rev. of Adrienne Laskier Martín, An Erotic Philology of Golden Age Spain (Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2008). Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica 29 (2011): 331-33.
“Unrequited Desires in the New World Parnassus: Lyric Poetry in Colonial Spanish America at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century.” Fellows Lunch Talk. The John Carter Brown Library, May 19, 2012.
“Arguijo’s Proparoxytones as a Melancholy Voice.” “Crises of the Renaissance Voice: The Inarticulate, Unpersuasive, and Melancholy,” three-day seminar co-organized by Felipe Valencia (Brown University) and Robert Erle Barham (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). American Comparative Literature Association 2012. Brown University, March 30-April 1, 2012.
“Melancholy Introspection in La Galatea and La Numancia.” Cervantes Society of America Panel I: “Cervantes and the Inward Look.” Renaissance Society of America 2012. Washington DC, March 22-24, 2012.
“Poesía, tragedia y melancolía en la obra de Juan de Arguijo.” 10th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. Queen’s University (Belfast, Northern Ireland), September 5-7, 2011.
“‘El melancólico vacío’: Góngora’s Melancholy Poetics in Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea.” “Melancholy as Form,” two-day seminar co-organized by William Viestenz (Stanford University) and Felipe Valencia (Brown University). American Comparative Literature Association 2011. Vancouver (Canada), April 1-2, 2011.
“Melancholy, Poetics, and Tragedy in Cervantes’s La Galatea and La Numancia.” Renaissance and Early Modern Graduate Students Colloquium Series. Brown University, March 8, 2011.
“‘El almíbar picaresco’: Free Will and Food in Guzmán de Alfarache.” 19th Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium: “Food for Thought, for Writing, and for Art.” University of Miami, February 18-19, 2011.
“Poetics in the Tragic: Tyrants as Poets in Sixteenth-century Spanish Tragedies.” Tinker Back-to-the-Field Workshop. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Brown University, October 1, 2010.
“El errante peregrinaje de la persona poética en las Soledades de Góngora y el Sueño de Sor Juana.” 9th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. University of Oregon, November 5-7, 2009.
“‘Gocé para entristecerme’: La Celestina y Denis de Rougemont.” Myth and Mythmaking in Iberian and Luso-Hispanic Literatures. University of Chicago, October 31-November 1, 2008.
Department of Hispanic Studies, Brown University
Fall 2012 Hisp 600: Advanced Spanish II.
Fall 2010 Hisp 740: Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature, Middle Ages to the present.
Spr. 2010 Hisp 400: Intermediate Spanish II.
Fall 2009 Hisp 300: Intermediate Spanish I.
Spr. 2009 Hisp 200: Beginner’s Spanish II.
Fall 2008 Hisp 100: Beginner’s Spanish I.
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Fall 2012 Biol 3710: Medical Spanish.