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Conference: “Out/Lines: Boundary Conditions of the Early Modern Iberian World,” Penn, Jan 6, 2017


January 6, 2017 — 3:00–7:00pm
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street


The expansive contours of the Iberian world in the 16th and 17th centuries, expressed in the imperial motto plus ultra or “further beyond,” can at times obscure the aporias (of ecologies, ethnicities, and epistemologies) at its fringes. Recent scholarship on the material cultures, political economies, and discourses of gender of imperial Spain has worked to address these gaps and contradictions. Responding to the MLA 2017 presidential theme of Boundary Conditions, this afternoon symposium gathers students and scholars of the early modern Iberian world for interdisciplinary roundtable discussions that aim to bring forth the spaces, bodies, and practices that exceeded—and in doing so, defined—the limits of this ostensibly “boundless” empire.


3:00–3:30 — Coffee

3:30–4:30 — Session 1: Mare nostrum / Terra ignota

Christina Lee (Princeton), Miguel Martínez (Chicago), Ricardo Padrón (Virginia), Sherry Velasco (USC)

4:30–4:45 — Break

4:45–5:45 — Session 2: Corpus delicti / Hortus deliciarum

Israel Burshatin (Haveford), Jill Ross (Toronto), Felipe Valencia (Utah State), Sonia Velázquez (Indiana)

6:00-7:00 — Reception @ Zavino University City, 3200 Chestnut St.


burshatin_picIsrael Burshatin is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Haverford College. His research focuses on discourses of “Orientalism,” religion, and on the articulations of gender, sexuality, and race in Medieval and early modern Spain. His current project is concerns the poetics of biopower, and traces the emergence of subjects empowered or subdued by the government of life, from captives in Alfonsine law to medical representations of bodies of pleasure, illness, and disorder.

img_2924Christina Lee is a tenured research scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain, the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age, and Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (with José Luis Gastañaga). Her current book project examines the sacred world of the Spanish Philippines during the early colonial period.

newfaculty_042Miguel Martínez is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Chicago, where his research describes the cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America. He is the author of Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World, which explores the writing and reading practices of Spanish popular soldiery in both the Old and the New World. He is currently working on a second book project on Spanish colonial discourse in and about Southeast Asia.

Ricardo with Marx.jpgRicardo Padrón is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia specializing in the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world. His first book, The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature and Empire in Early Modern Spain, examines the joint contribution of sixteenth century literature and cartography to the transformation of European world views. His most recent work emphasizes the transpacific dimensions of Spain’s concept of “the Indies.”

jill-ross-photo-img_8123Jill Ross is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies and Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Figuring the Feminine: The Rhetoric of Embodiment in Medieval Hispanic Literature, and co-editor (with Suzanne Conklin Akbari) of The Ends of the Body: Identity and Community in Medieval Culture. She is currently working on a project on comparative poetics in the late medieval Crown of Aragon.

felipe-valencia-august-2014-picture-by-alex-savothFelipe Valencia is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Utah State University. His book project, The Melancholy Void: The Problem of Lyric in the Age of Góngora, interprets the transformation of Hispanic poetry at the turn of the seventeenth century in light of two interconnected developments: the interest in melancholy as the condition of the poet and the emergence of lyric as a category in poetic theory. He has published articles on sixteenth-century Spanish lyric and epic poetry, and neo-Senecan tragedy.

velasco-photoSherry Velasco is Professor of Spanish literature and culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Gender Studies Program (and currently Chair of the Department of French and Italian) at the University of Southern California. Her publications include: Lesbians in Early Modern Spain and Male Delivery: Reproduction, Effeminacy, and Pregnant Men in Early Modern Spain. Her current book project is tentatively titled: Quixotic Obscenities: Sexual Knowledge in the Age of Cervantes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASonia Velázquez is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, specializing in religion and aesthetics in the early modern Iberian world. She is co-editing with William Egginton a critical cluster for MLN on Agamben’s theopoetics and early modern Spanish poetry, and hopes to complete the manuscript of a monograph, Promiscuous Grace: Rethinking Beauty and Holiness with St Mary of Egypt, this spring thanks to a grant from the College of Arts and Humanities Institute at IU.


New Book: Wheat, “Atlantic Africa & the Spanish Caribbean”

Andrew Wheat, Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 (UNC, 2016).

New Book: Coello de la Rosa, “Jesuits at the Margins

Alexandre Coello de la Rosa, Jesuits at the Margins: Missions and Missionaries in the Marianas (1668-1769) (Routledge, 2015).

CFP: Edited Volume on Social Justice & the Golden Age Comedia

CFP: Social Justice and the Golden Age Comedia

This is a call for an EDITED VOLUME on Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theater.

This edited volume will focus on issues of social justice in theatrical works of Golden Age Spain. For example, the 2013 Repertorio Español production of Fuenteovejuna illustrates how relevant social justice issues are in Golden Age Spain and how well those issues translate to the modern world. We are looking for papers that discuss one or more of the following topics: social justice issues in Golden Age plays; modern productions of Golden Age plays that borrow from social justice settings such as Occupy, 15m, YoSoy132 or similar; or theoretical approaches to Golden Age plays that incorporate social justice topics.

Please send a 500-word abstract outlining topic and approach, along with a CV to by January 15, 2017. Decisions will be made by February 15, 2017. The anticipated submission date for final essays is October 15, 2017. Papers from accepted abstracts will undergo a peer-review process before final acceptance.

This project is a collaboration to be edited by Erin Alice Cowling Cowling (Hampden-Sydney College), Glenda Nieto Cuebas (Ohio Wesleyan University), Tania de Miguel Magro (West Virginia University), and Mina García (Elon University). Questions can be directed to

Marocci, “States & Empires” in JEMH 2016 #6

Giuseppe Marocci, “Too Much to Rule: States and Empires in the Early Modern World,” Journal of Early Modern History 20/6 (2016): 511-25.

Reviews in the Winter ’16 RQ

Renaissance Quarterly 69/4 (2016):

Carmen Ripollés reviews Ilenia Colón MendozaThe Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández: Polychrome Sculptures of the Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Ashgate, 2015).

Pablo González Tornel reviews Festival Culture in the World of the Spanish Habsburgs, Fernando Checa Cremades and Laura Fernández-González, eds (Ashgate, 2015).

Roots of Empire: Forests and State Power in Early Modern Spain, c. 1500–1750 (Brill, 2015).
Linda Newson reviews Trevor P. Hall, ed. & trans., Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories, 1513–26 (Ashgate, 2015).

New Book: Campbell, “At the First Table”

Jodi Campbell, At the First Table: Food and Social Identity in Early Modern Spain (Nebraska, 2017).

CFP: Early Modern Iberia Study Group @ Penn: Graduate Symposium, April 22, 2017

New Book: “Perspectives on Early Modern Women in Iberia & the Americas: In Honor of Anne J. Cruz”

Sorry I’m late to this, but:

Adrienne L. Martín and María Cristina Quintero, eds, Perspectives on Early Modern Women in Iberia and the Americas: Studies in Law, Society, Art, and Literature in Honor of Ann J. Cruz (Escribana Books, 2015).


PART I. Enterprising Women: Correspondence, Testaments and Memoriales

El memorial autobiográfico de Beatriz Ramírez de Mendoza, Condesa de Castellar (1556-1626)

Nieves Baranda

The Count of Salinas and the Women in his Life

Trevor j. Dadson

Doña María de Ribera, Esposa de Hernando Dávalos:otra dama en el entorno de Garcilaso

Carmen Vaquero

Inca Garcilaso’s Mother: Agency and Authority In Royal Commentaries

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez

La marquesa de Campolattaro y el virrey Osuna: Los diarios de Zazzera y otros rastros sobre su escandalosa relación

Encarnación Sánchez García

A Public Household: Hipòlita Roís de Liori, Networking and (Text)Tile Business in Sixteenth-Century Catalonia and Valencia

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio

Female Agency and Daily Life in Early Colonial Florida’s Ciudad Letrada

Yolanda Gamboa

PART II: The Construction of Marriage in Fiction and the Law

Women’s Status, Family Systems, and Marriage in a Time of Economic Crisis: Cuenca, 1500-1650

Sara T. Nalle

Dorotea’s Dilemma: The Stable Marriage Problem in Don Quixote

Ricardo Castells

In Praise of Lupe Bruce R. Burningham Twisting the Trope: Refashioning the Work of Wedlock in Baroque Spanish Women’s Writings

Shifra Armon

Political Realities and Fictional Surrogates in María de Zayas’s Mal Presagio Casar Lejos

Elizabeth Teresa Howe

PART III. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood

Mujer-águila, polvo espiritado y un conejo boca arriba: oraciones y conjuros para el parto en el México pre-hispánico y colonial

Viviana Díaz Balsera

Abortion, Illicit Sex, and Social Control in the Courts of Early Modern Spain

Edward Behrend-Martínez

Illness and Pregnancy: Female Agency in Lope de Vega’s El acero de Madrid

Jelena Sánchez

Becoming a Legend: Cornelia Africana from Learned Roman Matron to Custodian of the Family Jewels

Emilie L. Bergmann  

Puta la madre, puta la hija y puta la manta que las cobija’: El legado de la madre en la picaresca femenina

Enriqueta Zafra

PART IV. Gendering Religious Voices

Forma, reforma y neorreforma: texto, contexto y neotexto en Moradas del Castillo Interior

Martha García

Another Side of Beatas: Their Testimony During Inquisitorial Visits

William P. Childers

Telling a Father’s Life: John of the Cross’s Female Biographers

Darcy Donahue

‘Así como lo pintan por acá’: iconografía contrarreformista en las Vidas de monjas

Mercedes Alcalá Galán

Josefa em Óbidos: Mistress of the Cascais Santa Teresa Series

Jean Andrews

Friends in High Places: The Correspondence of Felipe IV and Sor María de Ágreda

Rosilie Hernández

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor Filotea de la Cruz, and the Construction of Clerical Masculinity in Colonial Mexico

Stephanie Kirk

Aristocrat and Mystic: Writing the Material in Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza

Mary E. Barnard

PART V. Cultural (Con)texts and Literary (Mis)Representations

Send in the Nuns: Jousting Sisters in a Late Medieval Spanish Poem

Ronald E. Surtz

De Solís a Lobo: la mujer en la poesía bajobarroca

Pedro Ruiz Pérez

¿Libertades de Maga? Urganda y las dos Felicias

J. Ignacio Díez

Renegadas in Early Modern Spanish Literature

Steven Hutchinson

‘A Spanish Ottoman’: Cervantes’s Play on Hybridity in La gran sultana doña Catalina de Oviedo

Diana De Armas Wilson

Drawing Leocadia in Cervantes’s La fuerza de la sangre: Woman, Saint, Hortus Conclusus and Mater Dolorosa

Frederick A. De Armas

Voice in Context: Writing Women in Early Modern Spain

Edward H. Friedman

Feliciana Enríquez de Guzmán, una dramaturga barroca seducida por los libros de caballerías

Mª Carmen Marín Pina

‘Cubriendo y velando en la primera hoja’: Antonio León Pinelo y los contextos culturales de Velos antiguos i modernos (1641)

Laura Bass y Carmen Peraita 

Reviews in the Journal of Military History, July 2015

The Journal of Military History 79/3 (2015):

Francis Kelly reviews Eduardo de Mesa, The Irish in the Spanish Armies in the Seventeenth Century (Boydell & Brewer, 2014).

Scott Eastman reviews Charles J. Esdaile & Philip Freeman, Burgos in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814: Occupation, Siege, Aftermath (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).