When I was reading books likeEl 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 ofMio Cid(c. 1140). Once referred to as the “Forgotten Century,” a new generation ofdieciochistasin 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
Graduate and undergraduate courses on Spanish literature, culture and language