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Elizabeth Rhodes
Professor of Hispanic Studies

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., M.A., Bryn Mawr College; B.A., Westhampton College, University of Richmond, Virgina

Research Areas

Early modern Spanish literature; theology and religious culture; women’s studies and feminist theory

Professor Rhodes's current research project, titled 'The Age of the Saints"—and featured in the Boston College Magazine—investigates how the lives of the certain saint change over time.

Books

Jorge de Montemajor: Poesia selecta

Jorge de Montemayor: Poesía selecta, editor. Barcelona: Castalia, 2012.

Dressed to Kill: Death and Meaning in Zayas's Desengaños

Dressed to Kill: Death and Meaning in Zayas's Desengaños. Toronto, London: Univ. Toronto Press, 2011.

Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion

María de Zayas y Sotomayor. Exemplary Tales of Love and Tales of Disillusion. Introduction, translation, edition, with Margaret Greer. Chicago: University Chicago Press, 2009.

This Tight Embrace: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza

This Tight Embrace: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza (1566-1614). Introduction, Critical Edition, Translation of selected works. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2000.

The Unrecognized Precursors of La Diana by Montemayor

The Unrecognized Precursors of La Diana by Montemayor. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1992.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Las vidas de Francisco de Borja y las normas del género." Francisco de Borja y su tiempo: Política, religión y cultura en la edad moderna. Ed. Enrique García Hernán and Pilar Ryan. Valencia and Rome: Albatros ediciones and Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2011. 681-87.

“Teresa de Jesús’s Book and the Reform of the Religious Man in Sixteenth-Century Spain.” Gender, Catholicism and Spirituality. Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900. Eds. Laurence Lux-Sterritt and Carmen M. Mangion. London: Palgrave, 2010. 68-82.

"Gender in the Night. Juan de la Cruz y Cecilia del Nacimiento." Studies on Women's Lyric Poetry of the Golden Age. Tras el espejo la musa escribe Ed. Julián Olivares. Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009. 202-17.

"Mysticism and History: The Case of Spain's Golden Age." Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Avila and the Spanish Mystics. Ed. Alison Weber. New York: MLA, 2009. 47-56.

"Join the Jesuits, See the World: Women and the Society of Jesus." The Jesuits II. Cultures, Sciences and the Arts, 1540-1773. Eds. John W. O'Malley et al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. 33-47.

"The Economics of Salvation in El esclavo del demonio." Bulletin of the Comediantes, 59.2 (2008): 281-302.

Recent Papers and Presentations

"María de Zayas and the Gothic Aesthetic." Special session, Renaissance Society of America, Folger Library, Washington DC, March 2012.

"Reading Baroque: Desengaño 4 by María de Zayas." Public lecture, Brandeis University, 4 April 2011.

"The Devil and the Saint: the Case of Teresa de Jesús." American Historical Association, Boston, January 2011.

"María de Zayas and St. Beatriz of Rome." Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Forum for the Study of Early Modern Women in Continental Europe. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. September 2010.

"Gender, History, and Luisa de Carvajal's Letters." Luisa de Carvajal, Her Life, Times and Works. Valladolid, Spain. June 2010.

"Las vidas de Francisco de Borja y la cuestión del género." Congreso internacional Francisco de Borja y su tiempo. Valencia, Spain. April 2010.

“Visual Literacy and the Art of Inquisitorial Spain.” In conjunction with the exhibit, El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III. Nash Museum, Duke University. October 2008.

“What is Mysticism?” Dept. of Humanities, Duke University, October 2008.

“The Arts of Inquisition during the Age of Velázquez and El Greco.” In conjunction with the exhibit, El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March-April 2008.

Contact Information

Boston College
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Lyons Hall 304E
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804

Phone: 617-552-3836
FAX: 617-552-2064
Email: elizabeth.rhodes@bc.edu

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