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Rodríguez Mansilla Receives Cervantes Award

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Fernando Rodríguez Mansilla has been honored by Cervantes, the official journal of the Cervantes Society of America (CSA), with the Luis Andrés Murillo Award for Best Article of the Year 2014.

Rodríguez Mansilla received the award for his article, “La media rota de Alonso Quijano: desengaño y cortesía en el episodio de los duques,” which was published in Cervantes 34.1 of Spring 2014. The Luis Andrés Murillo Award was granted by a jury of editorial board members.

“It is an honor to receive recognition from the Cervantes scholars’ community,” says Rodríguez Mansilla. “It inspires me to strive in my work, as both researcher and teacher.”

In his “Editor’s Note” Cervantes editor Bruce Burningham wrote: “[The article ‘La media rota…’] explores the discourse of ‘courtesy’ in the Duke and Duchess segment of part two [of Cervantes’ Don Quixote], arguing that such discourse represents Cervantes’ disillusionment with the court culture of his day.” 

In light of Rodríguez Mansilla’s scholarly interest, he has incorporated his works into his teaching. This semester in Rodríguez Mansilla’s course, “In the Shadow of Dulcinea,” students have read and discussed Cervantes’ short novel “La fuerza de la sangre” (The Force of Blood). In early March, he brought to campus Shifra Armon ’78, associate professor of Spanish at University of Florida, to deliver the lecture, “Sexual Violence and its Opposite in the Renaissance,” in which she analyzed Cervantes’ work in the framework of Early Modern Spanish geopolitics.

In recent years, the Luis Andrés Murillo Award has been granted to Barbara Weissberger, professor emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of Minnesota, and Brian Brewer, assistant professor of Hispanic studies at Trinity College of Dublin. The honor was created in 2010.

Rodríguez Mansilla joined the HWS faculty in 2010. He is an expert on Spanish Golden Age narratives and poetry, picaresque novels and Spanish philology. 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.”

He is the author of several books, including “Picaresca femenina de Alonso de Castillo Solorzano” (2012), and numerous publications. Among several professional affiliations, Rodríguez Mansilla is a member of the CSA, Asociación Internacional de Cervantistas, Renaissance Society of America, and the Golden Age Research Group, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. He is a board member of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry.

He 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.