Lizette Arellano
Research Interests: Early Modern Spanish literature; Golden Age theater; women writers of medieval and early modern Iberia; gender and sexuality studies; visual and material culture.

Lizette earned a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies in 2013 and MA in Hispanic Studies in 2018 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She joined the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago in 2018. Her research interests include Golden Age theater, medieval and early modern Iberian women writers, gender and sexuality studies, and aspects of visuality. She is particularly interested in what constitutes the female gaze, how it is mediated in theater, how the male subject is constructed as an object of desire, and the power dynamics and visual processes that come into play. Moreover, she looks to how objects of visual appeal—primarily mirrors and portraits—are employed in theatrical works in relation to the female gaze as compared to that of the male gaze.

Recent Courses in RLL
  • SPAN 10123 Intensive Elementary Spanish (Summer 2021)
  • SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II (Winter 2021)
  • SPAN 15003 Intermediate Spanish in Barcelona (Winter 2022)
  • SPAN 20100 Language, History, and Culture I (Autumn 2021)
  • SPAN 22423 Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern Spain (Winter 2023)