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David Wacks

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  • Title: Professor of Spanish
  • Phone: 541-346-4029
  • Office: 105C Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: on sabbatical
  • Interests: Medieval Iberian literature and culture, Sephardic studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Website: Website

MA Program

Spanish Period 1

Education

A.B. English Literature 1991, Columbia University M.A. Spanish Literature and Language 1997, Boston College Ph.D. Hispanic Literatures and Languages 2003, University of California at Berkeley

Websites

http://davidwacks.uoregon.edu

Research and teaching interests

 

 

David Wacks is author of Framing Iberia: Frametales and Maqamat in Medieval Spain, published by Brill in 2007,  and Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature 1200-1550: Jewish Cultural Production before and after 1492, published by Indiana University Press in 2015. His current book project is tentatively titled Crusade, Conquest, and Conversion in Medieval Iberian Fiction. He forms part of a research group (Symbioses) working on Biblical exegesis in Alfonso X’s General estoria (13th c.). He blogs on his current research at http://davidwacks.uoregon.edu.

Courses taught

Fall 2014: SPAN 341 Hispanic Culture through Literature I, SPAN 407/507 Spanish Islamic Literature

Winter 2014: JUDST 212, Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History

SPAN 150: Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN 316: Survey of Peninsular Literature > 1800
SPAN 333: Introduction to Narrative
SPAN 407: Wine, Women, and Song: Medieval Iberian Poetry
SPAN 407: Women Writers of Medieval Spain 
SPAN 407: Love
SPAN 407: Spain and Islam
SPAN 407: Medieval Romance (Caballero Zifar, Tirante el Blanco, Amadís de Gaula)
SPAN 407/507 Kabbalah (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Story Collections from Medieval Spain (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Medieval Sephardic Literature (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Sephardic Culture (Period 1)
SPAN 607: Classics of Medieval Castilian Literature (Period 1)
SPAN 607: Celestina en su salsa (Period 1)
RL 623: Culture, Canons, and Commodification

Publications

Double Diaspora: Sephardic Cultural Production Before and After 1492. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming

Framing Iberia: Maqamat and Frametale Narratives in Medieval Spain. Leiden: Brill, 2007. [Paperback edition 2010]

Wine, Women and Song: Hebrew and Arabic Literature in Medieval Iberia. (co-edited with Michelle M. Hamilton and Sarah J. Portnoy) (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2004).

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