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Javier Irigoyen-García PhD.

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Affiliated Faculty, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center
Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese

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Contact Information

Office Hours

  • M 1pm-3pm (and by appointment) (4150B FLB)

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

Early Modern Iberian Literature and Culture,

Research Description

  • My research focuses on the representation of race, ethnicity, and class difference in early modern Spain. My first book The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2013) analyzes the social and ethnocentric uses of the pastoral romances by revealing their interrelation with discourses on race, animal husbandry, and nation building in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. My second book, “Moors Dressed as Moors”: Clothing, Social Distinction, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Iberia (University of Toronto Press, 2017) studies the production, circulation, and consumption of Moorish clothing among both Old Christians and Moriscos to show that it was a sign of status which conditioned sartorial practices, discourses on social preeminence, and literary representations. I am currently working on a project, tentatively entitled Utopias of Infamy, dealing with the political value of insults as a source of collective identity in the early modern Spanish imaginary.

Education

  • PhD in Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in Spanish. University of Colorado at Boulder
  • BA in Hispanic Philology. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2016-2021. Conrad Humanities Scholar. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 2014-2015. Helen Corley Petit Scholar. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Publications

Books

  • 'Moors Dressed as Moors': Clothing, Social Distinction, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Iberia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (Forthcoming), 2017.
  • The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

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Book Contributions

  • "'Will you deliver Spain from bondage?': Romancing the Spanish Inquisition in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2006)." Baroque Projections. Ed. Frédéric Conrod and Michael Horswell. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016. 151-166.
  • "The Game of Canes between the Lusus Troiae and the Albanian Stradioti: Defining Moorish and Classical in the Early Modern Spanish Mediterranean." Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era: Islands, Entrepôts, Empires. Ed. Kathryn L. Reyerson and John Watkins. Ashgate, 2014. 231-247.
  • "‘Si no es adivinando la mitad del pergamino’: Discurso y realidad en La ilustre fregona." Novelas ejemplares: Las grietas de la ejemplaridad. Ed. Julio Baena. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2008. 227-249.

Journal Articles

  • "'Como hacen los moros a los cristianos': Raza, género e identidad cultural en ‘Tarde llega el desengaño’ de María de Zayas." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 40.2 (2016): 437-450.
  • "La expulsión de los moriscos en El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (1614) de Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda." MLN 131.2 (2016): 336-355.
  • "'Ni chivato ni carnero': La construcción de la diferencia étnica en la comedia Los moriscos de Hornachos." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 91.8 (2014): 1159-1174.
  • "Discursos patriótico-aristocráticos sobre la ‘nación gallega’ a comienzos del siglo XVII: a propósito de Tragedias de amor (1607 y 1647) de Juan de Arce Solorzeno." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 14.3 (2013): 231-237.
  • "‘Libia en Toledo’: ‘lo moro’ en Las firmezas de Isabela de Luis de Góngora." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 47.3 (2013): 375-395.
  • "Jerónimo de Arbolanche’s Las Abidas (1566) and the Mythical Origins of Spain." Symposium 67.2 (2013): 85-97.
  • Hualde, José Ignacio, and Javier Irigoyen-García. "Translation and retranslation in the anonymous Refranes y Sentencias of 1596." Neophilologus 97.3 (2013): 497-512.
  • "Topografía del sufrimiento: narración, identidad y enfermedad en la Vida y trabajos de Jerónimo de Pasamonte." Crítica Hispánica 34.2 (2012): 101-117.
  • "‘Poco os falta para moros, pues tanto lo parecéis’: Impersonating the Moor in the Spanish Mediterranean." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 12.3 (2011): 355-369.
  • "Diana and Wild Boar Hunting: Refiguring Gender and Ethno-Religious Conflict in the Pastoral Imaginary." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 88.3 (2011): 237-287.
  • "Identidad colectiva, genealogía y novela pastoril: el manuscrito en euskera de Juan Pérez de Lazarraga." Hispanic Research Journal 12.4 (2011): 291-305.
  • "La música ha sido hereje:’ Pastoral Performance and Cultural Hybridity in Los Baños de Argel." Bulletin of the Comediantes 62.2 (2010): 45-62.
  • "‘Les bergers qui conquirent l’Espagne’: Pastoral, Transnational Ethnicity and Empire in Philippe Quinault’s La généreuse ingratitude." Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies 5 (2009): 38-56.
  • "‘¡Qué si destas diferencias de música resuena la de los albogues!’: lo pastoril y lo morisco en Cervantes." Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 28.2 (2008): 119-146.
  • "El problema morisco en Los baños de Argel: de renegados a mártires cristianos." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 32.3 (2008): 421-438.
  • "El espacio doméstico como espacio épico en la Vida de Miguel de Castro." Hispanófila 151 (2007): 21-35.
  • "Ascensión social y enfrentamiento entre negros en El valiente negro en Flandes de Andrés de Claramonte: una aproximación postcolonial." Afro–Hispanic Review 24.2 (2005): 151-164.

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture