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Claudia Mesa

Claudia MesaAssociate Professor of Spanish (2006)

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

Email: cmesa@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1397
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 406

Areas of Research and/or Expertise
  • Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature
  • Emblem literature 
and Visual Culture
  • Colonial Spanish-American Literature
Biography

Professor Mesa came to Moravian College from UCLA in 2006. Her major research interest is Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish literature, especially narrative fiction and its connection to emblem studies. Her work encompasses 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.

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. Newcastle upon Tyne, 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)