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Scott Dale
Dr. Scott DaleMarquette University

Lalumiere Hall, 470

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7643Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

After reading a copy of "El rapto de la mente" when I was just 22 years young and living in Madrid, I immediately realized what historical period most moved me in my graduate studies: 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 the field at the University of Pennsylvania. And that I did just a few years later.

Today, Spanish literature and culture 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 1835 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

  • Graduate and undergraduate courses on Spanish literature, culture and language


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


  • What is Hispanic? (2015). "Voces de la razón en la ensayística de Josefa Amar y Borbón."
  • Salina 28 (2014). ¿Travestismo literario en el siglo XVIII?
  • El caso de La Pensadora gaditana? (2012).
  • Curator of "What is Hispanic?" art exhibit at the Haggerty Museum of Art (2015).

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).

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