Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Fernando Rodriguez-Mansilla recently joined three scholarly events centered on Spanish philology, sharing his expertise in the field as a keynote speaker and twice as guest lecturer.
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the second part of “Don Quijote de la Mancha” (published in 1615), Rodriguez-Mansilla offered the keynote address for a graduate colloquium organized by the Master of Arts of Spanish Program in Central Michigan University’s Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The title of Rodriguez-Mansilla’s presentation was “Hidalgos pobres: a social approach to Don Quijote.”
“I analyzed the Duke and Duchess episode of part two of Cervantes’ masterpiece, where the author develops a critique of the discourse of nobility embodied by the “hidalguía,” which reveals the intense interaction between social tensions and the literary artifact,” Rodriguez-Mansilla explains.
In March, as part of a course on Spanish Golden Age comic literature organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas of the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Rodriguez-Mansilla served a guest lecturer for a seminar focused on laughter found in picaresque novels – a literary style first developed in the 16th century – of the Spanish Golden Age. UNAM hosted a series of seminars throughout the spring featuring scholars from universities of Mexico, Spain and United States.
Following the UNAM seminar, Rodriguez-Mansilla also gave a talk on acclaimed Early Modern feminist writer, María de Zayas. Presented to an audience of Spanish philology students, the lecture focused on Zayas’ novel, “Amar sólo por vencer,” and its picaresque undertones, which often has been overlooked by the critics.
Both the seminar and lecture were streamed live. As part of UNAM’s commitment to promote digital humanities in the Hispanic world, the seminar on laughter in the picaresque novels is available on YouTube.
A member of the HWS faculty since 2010, Rodriguez-Mansilla is an expert on Spanish Golden Age narratives and poetry, picaresque novels, and Spanish philology.
At the Colleges, he teaches the courses, “Golden Age: Renaissance and Baroque,” “La España del Siglo de Oro,” “Rutas literarias de España” and “In the Shadow of Dulcinea: Love and Women in Golden Age Spain.” Among several professional affiliations, he is a member of the Golden Age Research Group, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. The author of several books, including “Picaresca femenina de Alonso de Castillo Solorzano” (2012), and numerous publications.
Rodriguez-Mansilla holds a B.A. in Hispanic literature, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; a Licentiate in Hispanic literature, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; and a Ph.D. in Spanish philology from Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain.