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Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)
- B.A., Boston University
- M.A., Boston University
- Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 406
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
- Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature
- Emblem literature
- Colonial Spanish-American Literature
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.
- “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.
- “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)