Scott Dale
Dr. Scott DaleMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 470

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
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Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

When I was reading books like El rapto de la mente and studying in Madrid in my early 20's, I fell in love learning about the beginnings of philosophical and literary modernity in 18th-century Spain. At that moment in my life, I envisioned myself immersed in Enlightenment texts and one day writing my dissertation with the authoritative figure in 18th-century studies at the University of Pennsylvania. And that I did just a few years later.

Today, Spanish literature of the 18th-century is still widely misunderstood in modern anthologies and notoriously underrepresented in undergraduate offerings across U.S. universities. Fortunately for students at Marquette, this is not the case!

Among all the literary, artistic and cultural movements of Spain, the period between 1680 and 1830 is still one of the most overlooked, misinterpreted and poorly studied ages since the appearance of Mio Cid (c. 1140). Once referred to as the “Forgotten Century,” a new generation of dieciochistas in the U.S. and Spain has recently shed new light on literary innovations, artistic accomplishments and the modernity of 18th-century Spanish culture. This group of young scholars has refreshed our understanding of the literary and cultural products of 18th-century Spain and has also planted the seeds for a new generation of innovative research on another neglected period in Spanish literature: the beginnings of Spanish Romanticism (1770-1830).


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. New York University
  • B.A. University of California at Irvine

Courses Taught


  • 18th and 19th-century Peninsular literature and culture
  • Modern Spanish literature and culture
  • Hispanic art and immersive virtual reality



  • Novela innovadora en las "Cartas marruecas" de Cadalso. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1998. ISBN 1-889431-35-4. 220 pages.

  • La Pensadora gaditana por Beatriz Cienfuegos. Edition, Notes and Introduction by Scott Dale. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2005. ISBN 1-58871-067-X. 455 pages.

  • What is Hispanic? Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum of Art, 2015. ISBN 978-0-945366-24-9. 57 pages.

  • "Teaching Spanish Culture in a Pandemic" in On the Vocation of the Educator in this Moment (2021).

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Advising Nomination (2014)
  • Pi Beta Phi "Favorite Professor Award" (2013)
  • NEH Grant Reviewer (2013)


  • Mellon Summer Research Grants (2018 and 2014)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Development Grant (2017) 
  • Social Justice Course Development Grant (summer 2016)
  • "Who Counts?" U.S. Department of Education Summer Research Grant (2009 and 2010).

Interviews and Presentations


"The Weight of Nostolgia: Imagining Spain in Literature and Film" at the Legacy of Spain in 21st Century Consciousness Conference on Visualizations of Spain in Literature and Film

The weight of nostolgia

"Origins of Innovative Modernity in Spain: The elusive 18th Century"

"The Innovative Spanish Enlightenment"

Public Lecture on "Teaching Spanish Culture in a Pandemic" (m. 36:00)

Interview with Dr. Dale at the Haggerty Art Museum

PBS interview about Dr. Dale's research on Antonio Saura

PBS interview about Dr. Dale's Hispanic art project and exhibition

Dr. Dale's VR video technology at a Spanish restaurant


Faculty & Staff Directory


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