Mercedes Alcalá-Galán is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is oriented primarily towards poetics, gender, and visual studies. She has published a book on Cervantes poetics entitled Escritura desatada: poéticas de la representación en Cervantes (Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, 2009). She is also author of the book La silva curiosa de Julián de Medrano. Estudio y edición critica and has published some fifty articles on early modern literature as well as contemporary Spanish literature. She is invited editor of a special issue of eHumanista/Cervantes (2016) entitled “Si ya por atrevido no sale con las manos en la cabeza”: el legado poético del Persiles cuatrocientos años después.
Mercedes Blanco is Professor at the Université Paris-Sorbonne of Spanish Golden Age literature and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Her research focuses on rhetoric, poetics, and cultural relationships between Spain and Italy, with particular attention to conceptismo and heroic poetry. Her wide-ranging and numerous essays study aspects of multiple Renaissance genres as well as literary theory. Among her published monographs are Góngora, o, la invención de una lengua (Universidad de León 2012, revised edition, 2016); Góngora heroico: las Soledades y la tradición épica (CEEH, 2012); and with Roland Béhar and Jochen Hafner, Villes à la croisée des langues (XVIe et XVII siècles) (Droz, 2017).
Michael Carlin is Adjunct Professor in Catholic Studies at the University of Mary–Tempe, AZ campus. His research focuses on the history of liturgy and religious experience in medieval Spain. He has published on the Old Spanish (Mozarabic) rite of ordination and his current project is an edition and study of the rite of matrimony as celebrated in twelfth-century León.
Dinorah Cortés-Vélez is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Marquette University. She specializes in Colonial Latin American literature and is also interested in the literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean. Her work is included in an upcoming volume on Sor Juana’s critical reception during [End Page 251] the 20th century (Iberoamericana/Vervuert). She is in the final stages of a book manuscript entitled “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: género, diferencia y resistencia.”
Elena Deanda-Camacho is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Washington College in Maryland. She specializes in early modern transatlantic literature with a focus on eighteenth century forbidden literature and nun’s writings. She has been published in Bulletin of Comediantes, eHumanista, Mester, Studies of Eighteenth Century Culture, Semiosis and Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies. She has also published creative writing in journals like Ámbitos Feministas and a book of short stories entitled Breve crónica del deseo (2003).
Valeria del Barco received a B.A. in Literature from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, M.A. in Spanish and PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation Colonial Transoceanic Dialogues defines a feminine criolla poetics dialogically negotiated with western tradition, while highlighting the tension between belonging to the canon and critiquing it. In place of readings that emphasize the transfer of discourse and knowledge from the center to the periphery, it demonstrates that the writings of these women challenge, or even reverse, this logic. Areas of specialization are: Transatlantic and Transoceanic studies, Hispanic Cultural Studies, Latin American colonial literature and culture, Spanish Golden Age and gender studies.
Anna-Lisa Halling is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Brigham Young University. Before accepting her current position, she taught Spanish language, literature, film, and culture at the University of Southern Indiana. Her research interests include early modern Iberian convent theater, performance criticism, feminist theory, and spatial theory. Additionally, she is interested in performance as a pedagogical tool, both in the classroom and the community. Her most recent essay on Soror Violante do Céu’s villancicos appears in Comedia Performance.
Valerie Hegstrom is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature and the Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on the recovery of literary works by Early Modern women, particularly women playwrights, who wrote in Spanish and [End Page 252] Portuguese. She has...