Romance Languages and Literatures

Miguel Martínez

Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and the College; Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies Graduate Adviser


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BA, Universidad de Valladolid, 2003

PhD, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2010

Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

My research and teaching focus on the cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America. I am generally interested in the ways in which some early modern historical processes such as the printing and military revolutions, or the first globalization, contributed to a partial democratization of literary practices. In this sense, I have taught and published on topics such as war writing, book history, travel literature, autobiography, and popular culture. Secondly, my work is concerned with the role that literary practices and institutions have played historically in the configuration of Iberia (and its worlds) as a space of remarkable linguistic, cultural, and political complexity. In this regard, I have published on topics such as linguistic history, translation, Luso-Hispanic relations, and cultural competition.

My first book, Front Lines. Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) explores the writing and reading practices of the Spanish popular soldiery in both the Old and the New World. On the one hand, I argue that the common soldiers of the Spanish imperial armies played a key role in the shaping of Renaissance literary culture, by reinventing classical genres such as the epic, producing new regimes of truth for historical writing, and experimenting with new lyric and autobiographical subjectivities. On the other hand, I argue that these enriched literary traditions allowed soldiers to question received values and ideas about the social logic of warfare, the ethics of violence, and the legitimacy of imperial aggression. Through the soldiers’ republic of letters, servicemen and ex-combatants voiced discontent and articulated resistance.

I am currently working on two book projects: one on the literary culture of early colonial Manila in relation to the global renaissance; and the other on popular culture in early modern Spain. Additionally, I am finishing a critical edition of Catalina de Erauso’s Vida that for the first time takes into account the entire manuscript tradition of the text.


Selected Publications

  • Front Lines. Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 
  • “#Cervantes2018. Los clásicos en la plaza de Twitter” [Link]. CTXT, 30 June, 2018.
  • “El pasado inacabado. Sobre La peste” [Link]. CTXT, 23 January, 2018.
  • “El imperio del extremo centro. Contra Imperiofobia de Roca Barea” [Link]. CTXT, 20 December, 2017.
  • Co-edited with Albert Lloret. Poesía y materialidad. Special issue of Calíope 23.2 (Fall 2018).
  • “Popular Balladry in Colonial America.” In The Rise of Spanish American Poetry (1500-1700). Ed. Rodrigo Cacho and Imogen Choi. Oxford: Legenda, 2019. In press.
  • “Writing on the Edge. The Poet, the Printer, and the Colonial Frontier in Ercilla’s La Araucana (1569-1590),” Colonial Latin American Review 27.2 (2017): 132-53.
  • “Don Quijote, Manila, 1623. Orden colonial y cultura popular.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 70.2 (2017): 27-43.
  • “The Heroes in the World’s Marketplace: Translating and Printing Epic in Renaissance Antwerp.” In Translation and the Book Trade in Early Modern Europe. Eds. José María Pérez Fernández and Edward Wilson-Lee. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014. 81-106.
  • “La vida de los héroes. Sobre épica y autobiografía en el Mediterráneo habsburgo.” Calíope 19.1 (2014): 103-28.
  • “Language, Nation, and Empire in Early Modern Iberia.” A Political History of Spanish. The Making of a Language. Ed. José del Valle. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013. 44-61.
  • “‘The Spell of National Identity:’ War and Soldiering on the North African Frontier (1550-1560).” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 12.3 (2011): 293-307.
  • “Género, imprenta y espacio social: una poética de la pólvora para la épica quinientista.” Hispanic Review 79.2 (2011): 163-87.
  • “A Poet of Our Own: The Struggle for Os Lusíadas in the Afterlife of Camões.” Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 10.1 (2010): 71-94.
  • Antes que fosse o reino levantado: Góngora y la ‘Restauración’ lírica de Portugal.” A Construção do Outro: Espanha e Portugal frente a frente. Eds. Tobias Brandenberger, Elisabeth Hasse and Lydia Schmuck. Tübingen: Calepinus Verlag, 2008. 45-58.

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Courses Taught

  • Golden Age Poetry. Theory and Practice of Lyric Reading
  • Civilización Mediterránea II, Barcelona Program
  • Guerra y literatura, 1500-1700
  • Culturas populares, 1450-1700
  • Renaissance Epic: Camões, Ercilla, Tasso
  • Poesía urbana en el mundo hispánico
  • Literaturas hispánicas: textos contemporáneos
  • Readings in World Literature