Associate Professor of Spanish
Room 406 Comenius Hall
B.A., Boston University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature
Colonial Spanish-American Literature
Professor Mesa is currently working on the role of emblem literature in relation to the development of early modern fiction from Mateo Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache (1599) to Baltasar Gracián's El Criticón (1650). This study will encompass a period of fifty years marked by the publication of the most influential books of fiction from the Spanish Golden Age, including Cervantes Don Quijote in 1605.
“La cartografía barroca de Octavio Paz en ‘Himno entre ruinas’: Profanación y homenaje del Polifemo”. Octavio Paz, Modernity, and World Civilizations: A Plurality of Pasts and Futures. Roberto Cantú (editor). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Forthcoming).
“Emblematic Imagery, Free Will and Grace in Mateo Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache.” Emblematica 18 (2010): 207-238.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Emblems as Mnemonics in Lope de Vega’s The Pilgrim or Stranger in his Own Country (1604)
SP 105 – Introductory Spanish II (F3)
SP 210 – Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures: Islamic Spain to the Colonial Period
SP 241– Introduction to Literature of Spain and Latin America: A view from both sides of the Atlantic
SP 256 – Reel Images: Spanish Cinema from Buñuel to Almódovar
SP 342 – Love and Jealousy from Cervantes to Almodóvar
SP 354 – Emblems and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain
WR 100– Archives of Memory