Manuel Olmedo Gobante joined the department of Romance Languages and Literatures in 2014. He received his B.A. in Hispanic Philology from the University of Seville, Spain, specializing in Golden Age Spanish literature, and studying visual arts, literature and cinema at King’s College London, United Kingdom. He taught Spanish language at Villanova University for two years. His research interests include epic and counter-epic, collective memory, power structures, and the sociology of cultural products such as literature, music, visual arts, and sacred and secular rites. Other areas of scholarly interest include bibliography and textual criticism, European martial arts, early music, and game studies.