AboutI work at the intersection of discourses in medieval Iberian literatures, that is, I like asking questions that come up when one sees an apparently unrelated or distant sphere intervening in the literary, whether it be politics, or cartography, or economics, which is what I am currently working on for a book project. As an extension of this, I am interested in how the medieval intervenes in other periods, other geographies, that is, how the medieval informs (or disinforms) discourses about modernity or secularism or civilization, and how it shapes imperial and colonial projects, or contemporary Latin American literatures.
PhD Harvard (2002), A.M. Harvard (1998), B.A. (licenciatura) UNAM (1996)
PublicationsArchipelagoes: Insular Fictions from Chivalric Romance to the Novel (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)
The Task of the Cleric: Cartography, Translation, and Economics in Thirteenth-Century Iberia (University of Toronto Press, 2016)
Selected recent chapters and articles :
“Clerical environments,” invited chapter for The Routledge Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity and Diversity, Michael Gerli and Ryan Giles, eds., forthcoming.
“The Trojan Horse of Chivalric Genre,” invited chapter for Companion to the Matter of Troy in Medieval Iberia, Clara Pascual-Argente and Rosa Rodríguez Porto, eds., Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
“For love of money: rhetorical economics in the Libro de buen amor,” invited chapter for A New Companion to the Libro de buen amor, ed. Ryan Giles and José Manuel Hidalgo, Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
“Diagrams, maps, fiction,” invited chapter for Literature and Cartography: Theories, Histories, Genres, ed. by Anders Engberg-Pedersen, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 173-197.
“Rumor and noise: notes for a political soundscape in mester de clerecía,“ Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (online May 10 2016, print 2017)
“The Chivalric Romance in the Sixteenth Century.” In A History of the Spanish Novel. Ed. J.G. Ardila. London: Oxford University Press, 2015. 79-95.
“Between the Seas: Apolonio and Alexander.” In In and Of the Mediterranean. Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, edited by Michelle M. Hamilton and Nuria Silleras-Fernández, Vanderbilt University Press, 2014. 75-98
ProjectsThe currency of fiction: Economics and the troping of literature in medieval Spain (book manuscript in preparation)