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José R. Cartagena-Calderón

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
With Pomona Since: 2006
  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Jose Cartagena-Calderón’s research focuses on the literary and cultural production of Spain and the Americas from the late 15th through the 17th centuries, with special emphasis on the construction of early modern masculinities and non-normative sexualities, as well as aspects of self-perception, marginality, alterity, and other formative features of pre- and early modern identities.

    His research addresses the need in literary and cultural studies for more elaborate understandings of the relations of various masculinities to power, empire, ethnicity, class and sexuality in historically specific contexts.

    Research Interests

    Literary and cultural production of Spain and the Americas from the late 15th through the 17th centuries, with special emphasis on the construction of early modern masculinities and non-normative sexualities, as well as on aspects of self-perception, marginality, alterity, and other formative features of pre- and early modern identities.

    Areas of Expertise

    SPANISH

    • Colonial Latin American Literature
    • Pre- and Early Modern Spanish Literature
    • Postcolonial Criticism and Imperium Studies (early modern empire and nation formation)
    • Cultural Studies
    • Trans-Atlantic Studies
    • Iberian Semitic Studies (relations between Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the Peninsula)

    GENDER

    • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Work

    Work

    Masculinidades en obras: el drama de la hombría en la España imperial (Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2008)

    “Cervantes y las ficciones de la masculinidad,” in Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Spanish Studies: Essays in Memory of Carroll B. Johnson (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2008)

    “Lope and the Matter of America: Approaching the Comedia from a Trans-Atlantic Perspective,” in Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama (M. Greer and L. Bass, eds., MLA, 2006)

    “¿El hábito no hace al monje?: transvirilismo e indumentaria en el Quijote,” in 1605-2005: Don Quixote Across the Centuries (J.P. Gabriele, ed., Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2005)

    “Las paradojas de cuerpo, sexo y género en La Monja Alférez, comedia famosa de Pérez de Montalbán,” in Actas del Congreso Internacional El Siglo de Oro en el nuevo milenio: Historia, crítica y teoría literaria (C. Mata y M. Zugasti, eds., Eunsa, 2005)

    “Trans-Atlantic Conquests and the Imagining of Imperial Masculinities in Lope de Vega’s El Nuevo Mundo descubierto por Cristóbal Colón, “ Special Renaissance issue of Annals of Scholarship – Renaissance Transactions & Exchanges (W.J. Kennedy, guest ed.), 16:1-3, 155-173, 2004

    “‘Él es tan rara persona’: sobre cortesanos, lindos sodomitas y otras masculinidades nefandas en la España de la temprana Edad Moderna” in Lesbianism and Homosexuality in Early Modern Spain (A. Saint-Saëns and M.J. Delgado, eds., University Press of the South, 2000)

  • Education

    Education

    Ph.D.
    Harvard University

    M.A.
    New York University

    B.S.
    Haverford College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Transvestite Drama of the Early Modern Period
    • Chevere: Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • Don Quixote and Cultural Identity
    • Early Modern Women Writers in the Spanish Empire
    • Introduction to Literary Analysis
    • Poverty, Literature & Social Justice
    • Survey of Spanish American Literature
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Stanford University; Hoefer Prize for Excellence Undergraduate Teaching, 2000; Annenberg Grant, 2003-2004

    University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2003

    Harvard University, Graduate Prize Fellowship, 1992-1996