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Christopher van Ginhoven Rey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
With Pomona Since: 2015
  • Expertise


    Christopher van Ginhoven Rey is a scholar of European literature and visual culture in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His work explores the relation between religious mysticism, literary expression, and the central philosophical questions associated with the emergence of the modern world. He has published a book-length study on the writings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the foundation of the Jesuit order and articles on the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila and the poetry of Góngora. His current research considers various developments in theology and philosophy as they are reflected in painting, with a special emphasis on the emergence of the still life genre in 16th-century Spain and Holland.


    Research Interests

    • Renaissance and Baroque Spanish and European literature
    • Mysticism
    • Painting
  • Work


    • “Góngora in Marienbad,” Baroque Projections. Eds. Michael Horswell and Frédéric Conrod. Madrid: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016. 23-40.
    • Instruments of the Divinity. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
    • “The Jesuit Instrument: On Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Modernity,” Brill’s Companion to Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Ed. Robert Maryks. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 198-215.
    • “The Hermeneutic Image,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 12.2 (2011): 155-76.
  • Education


    New York University
    Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

    M. A.
    Dartmouth College
    Comparative Literature

    B. A.
    Dartmouth College
    Comparative Literature