Faculty

CLAUDIA MESA
Associate Professor of Spanish
Room 406 Comenius Hall
(610) 861-1397
mesac@moravian.edu

EDUCATION:
B.A., Boston University
M.A., Boston University
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature
Emblem literature and Visual Culture
Colonial Spanish-American Literature

CURRENT RESEARCH:
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.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
La cartografía barroca de Octavio Paz en ‘Himno entre ruinas’: Profanación y homenaje del Polifemo. The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination. Ed. Roberto Cantú. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014. 244-261.

La mirada de los emblemas: Presencia y ausencia en los jeroglíficos del Llanto de Occidente (1666). Palabras, Símbolos, Emblemas. Las estructuras gráficas de la representación. Eds. Ana Martínez Pereira, Inmaculada Osuna and Víctor Infantes.  Madrid: Turpín  Editores, Sociedad Española de Emblemática. 2013. 365-74.

Emblematic Imagery, Free Will and Grace in Mateo Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache. Emblematica 18 (2010): 207-238.

Persuasión y desencanto en Muriendo por la dulce patria mía de Roberto Castillo Sandoval. Mester XXIX (2000): 61-71.


WORK IN PROGRESS
Emblems as Mnemonics in Lope de Vega’s The Pilgrim or Stranger in his Own Country  (1604) (Article)

Sound and Sight: Emblematic Ornaments in the Colonial Center of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (Article)