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March 16, 2018

Hester publishes article on baroque poetry about Christopher Columbus

This essay examines Girolamo Graziani’s well-received epic poem, Il Conquisto di Granata (The Conquest of Granada, 1650), as a compelling piece of an Italian genealogy of New World Italian epic poetry, to which corpus the Conquisto belongs, despite its title. Indeed, in a convenient reworking of the historical timeline, the Columbus of this work returns to Spain from his first voyage to the Americas in time to fight the Moors of Granada, and he plays a decisive role in their defeat. The poetic project of the Conquisto incorporates three main aims: to address and remedy criticisms leveled against earlier Italian epic poetry about the New World, to establish Columbus as the narrative and ideological link between Conquest and Reconquest and, more broadly, to maintain the international status of Italian letters at a time when deeds and facts—expansion, colonialism—come to define the prestige of European proto-nations.

Hester, Nathalie. “Baroque Italian Epic from Granada to the New World: Columbus Conquers the Moors.” The Discovery of the New World in Early Modern Italy: Encounters with the Americas in the 16th-18th Centuries. Eds. Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. 270-287.

May 29, 2014

Cecilia Enjuto Rangel Receives Excellence Award

Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Romance Languages department, has been awarded Excellence Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Graduate Studies this year.

Enjuto Rangel consistently supports not only her advisees, but all Romance Languages and Comparative Literature students by putting important scholarship, grant, and internship opportunties within reach. Additionally, Enjuto Rangel has provided unique mentorship opportunities by bringing academic and artistic events to campus that keep graduate students up-to-date on scholarly advances and to meet influential academics and artists in the field.

A common theme in Enjuto Rangel’s nominations was her generosity with her time. “We want to emphsize that Prof. Enjuto Rangel has markedly influenced our graduate study experience by giving a very precious and scarce gift among professors: time,” her nomination wrote.

January 22, 2014

Transnational Americas Series: Chinese Coolies in Cuba and Peru

Elliot Young

Please join CLLAS and LAS for the first lecture of the 2014 Transnational Americas Speaker Series

“Contracting Freedom: Coolies in Cuba and Peru in the Age of Emancipation” by Elliot Young

* Wed. January 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM
* Browsing Room, Knight Library
* Refreshments will be served

Elliot Young is an Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College. He specializes in Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico border, and transnational history. His current research focuses on Chinese Laborers in Latin America.

November 30, 2013

New PhD Student: Nagore Sedano

Introducing Nagore Sedano, PhD student in Romance Languages.

Nagore Sedano is a first year Ph.D. student in Romance Languages and Literatures at our Department. She just graduated last year with an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In 2007, when she was still an undergraduate at the University of the Basque Country (Spain), Nagore studied one year abroad at the University of Worcester (England). She was then introduced to the art and craft of teaching languages. Upon graduation in 2008, she received a fellowship from USAC to conduct research at California State University, where she also worked as a Spanish teaching assistant and magazine writer. Sedano has also worked in Idaho, as a Spanish Visiting Scholar, and in Switzerland as a news analyst.

Nagore’s research interests include, among others, Critical Theory, Basque American literature, Transatlantic Studies, and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film.

October 30, 2013

Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies Symposium Nov 1st & 2nd

Please join us on Friday Nov. 1 (9:30am-5:15pm at the Knight Browsing Rm) and Saturday Nov. 2 (10am-5pm Jaqua Auditorium) for the Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies symposium.  The symposium will feature 16 scholars, from all over the US and the UK, who will present their work on topics ranging from Transatlantic Memories and Displacements to Methodologies and Postcolonial Relations. The event is free and open to students, faculty, and members of the community.

You can view the abstracts and bios of all of the speakers on the Transatlantic Symposium Website:










The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages; the Center for the Study of Women in Society; the Women of Color Project; the Center for Latino, Latina & Latin American Studies; the Latin American Studies Program; the European Studies Program; a Hispanex Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports; and the Idea Award from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon. I also want to add a special thanks to the Oregon Humanities Center for their support of the event. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Academic Support Grant also sponsored our symposium and related exhibition called Transatlanticisms.

November 16, 2010

Enjuto Rangel publishes book on the poetry of ruins in modernity

CitiesWhy and how do ruins serve as metaphors for the poetic critique of modernity, the past and the present? In her new book Cities in Ruins: The Politics of Modern Poetics (Purdue University Press, 2010), Assistant Professor of Spanish Cecilia Enjuto Rangel explains how poets like Charles Baudelaire, Luis Cernuda, T.S. Eliot, Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda uncover ruins to reread and rewrite their own historical and literary traditions. For Enjuto-Rangel, poetry about ruins is part of the modern critique of progress, of modernization, and of the brutality of war. The topic of the contemplation of the ruins has roots in the Classics, and is seen time again during the Baroque and Romantic periods, both in Europe and Latin America. Cities in Ruins, however, is the first serious study of modern ruins in modern poetry.

In Cities in Ruins, Enjuto Rangel shows how unlike their Romantic predecessors, who tended toward melancholic representations of the past, modern poems historicize ruins, avoiding a narcissistic reading of destruction. This “awakening” to history can also be tainted by urban traumatic experiences and the marginalization of both material and human ruins from the modern city.

Enjuto Rangel

Cities in Ruins contributes to the redefinition of the field of Transatlantic Studies, and focuses on the particular and crucial role of poetry as a genre that allows for the questioning of nationalistic boundaries. Accordingly, Enjuto Rangel’s book looks at poets from Spain, Latin America, France, and England.

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