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Moravian College
Modern Languages and Literatures

Claudia Mesa

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Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)

Education

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

Contact

Email: mesac@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

  • “Emblemática, mnemotecnia y el arte de narrar en El peregrino en su patria de Lope de Vega.” Imago. Revista de emblemática y cultura visual 7 (2015): 7-16.
  • “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.

Submitted for Publication

  • “In Search of Elizabeth I: Visual Representations of the Virgin Queen in Early Modern Spanish Sources.” Submitted June 27, 2015 for an edited volume titled: The Image of Elizabeth I Tudor in Early Modern Spain. Esther Fernández and Eduardo Olid Guerrero (eds.) University of Nebraska Press.

Book Reviews

  • Creación, función y recepción de la emblemática by Herón Pérez Martínez and Bárbara Skinfill Nogal (eds.).” Emblematica 21 (2014): 407-417.
  • In Nocte Consilium. Studies in Emblematics in Honor of Pedro F. Campa by John T. Cull and Peter M. Daly (eds.).” Renaissance Quarterly 65.3 Fall (2012): 974-76.
  • The Persistence of Presence: Emblem & Ritual in Baroque Spain by Bradley J. Nelson.” Renaissance Quarterly 64.1 Spring (2011): 244-46.
  • A Sonnet from Carthage. Garcilaso de la Vega and the New Poetry of the Sixteenth- Century Europe by Richard Helgerson.” Comitatus 39 (2008): 275-78.
  • Communication, Knowledge, and Memory in Early Modern Spain by Fernando Bouza.” Comitatus 36 (2005): 196-99.