Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Transnational Legacies

Transnational Legacies

WEDNESDAYS 1:00-4:00
MEL 383  (41185)

Course Description:

This course examines the trans-Mediterranean and transatlantic cultural and literary legacies of the dynamic pluralism of early modern Spain. We will discuss Spain in the context of its multicultural past, including cultural and artistic hybridity in the Middle Ages, Islamic and Christian hegemony in the Iberian Peninsula, communities of violence, relationships between art and empire, internal colonization, “passing” and identity formation, and other related topics. The overall trajectory of the course begins in the late Middle Ages as a prelude to the Spanish empire, then focuses on the cultural and artistic development of imperial Spain, its Mediterranean conflicts with North Africa and Turkey, and the imposition of Spanish conceptions of race, ethnicity, and blood purity on colonial subjects in the Americas, specifically the castas of colonial Mexico. Readings will include literary texts as well as extra-literary cultural documents and artifacts from the periods and geographies studied.


Meet the Professor

Cory Reed is Associate Professor of Spanish. His research focuses on the study of genre and performance in early modern drama; the representation of identity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature; literary and cultural responses to the emergence of scientific discourse in early modern Spain; and cognitive cultural studies. He is the author of The Novelist as Playwright: Cervantes and the Entremés nuevo and journal articles on Don Quijote, Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares, early modern drama, film, and opera as a literary/dramatic form. He is finishing a second book, Cervantes, Technology, and the Novel: The Aesthetic of Instrumentality in Don Quijote. He has received a Humanities Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts for his newest research project, titled “Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Activism in Early Modern Spanish Theatrical Performance,” which analyzes cognitive aspects of audience-performer interactions in early modern theatre. Dr. Reed serves on the executive council of the Cervantes Society of America as Communications Director and represents the University of Texas on the Representative Council of the Newberry Renaissance Consortium. He also directed the interdisciplinary Tracking Cultures Program, which analyzes the historical roots of Southwestern in colonial Mexico and early modern Spain.


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