David Wacks

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  • Title: Professor of Spanish: Department Head, Romance Languages
  • Phone: 541-346-4029
  • Office: 105C Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Please email me your availability to set an appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: Middle East and North African Studies
  • Interests: Medieval Iberian literature and culture, Sephardic studies, Mediterranean Studies
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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, and Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World (University of Toronto Press: 2019). 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 399: Languages of Iberia (August 2020 in Oviedo, Spain)
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

 

Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World (University of Toronto Press: 2019).

The Study of al-Andalus: The Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe (co-edited with Michelle M. Hamilton) (Cambridge: ILEX Foundation; Harvard University Press, 2018)

Double Diaspora: Sephardic Cultural Production Before and After 1492. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.

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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