Associate Professor of Spanish
Room 406 Comenius Hall
(610) 861-1397

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

Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature
Emblem literature and Visual Culture
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.” 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.

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)

Faculty advisor for Amanda Moreno Bonilla’s Honor’s Project titled: “What do you see? Stereotypes and Female Representation in Spanish Cinema.” 2012-2013.

Faculty advisor for Marisa Vargo’s Honors Project titled: “Family Ties in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar.” 2009-2010.

SP 105 – Introductory Spanish II (F3)
SP 110 - Introductory Spanish III (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: Sound and Sight: Verbal and Visual Narratives of the Hispanic World
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