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Giles Welcomed to Faculty

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012

Prof. Ryan Giles

We are very pleased to welcome Ryan Giles (Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Professor Giles specializes in Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture in an Iberian context. His research focuses on Castilian, Latin, Portuguese, and Catalan texts, with an emphasis on connections between folklore, material culture, iconography, and various types of prose and poetic genres including sermons, oaths, and parodic hagiography. He comes to us from the University of Chicago where he taught in the Department of Romance Languages as assistant professor (2005-2011) and associate professor (2012). He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, in addition to a well-received monograph entitled "The Laughter of the Saints: Parodies of Holiness in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain" (University of Toronto Press, 2009). A section from the first chapter of his book appeared in the premier Medieval Iberian Studies journal La Corónica and was awarded the John K. Walsh Prize for outstanding essay in 2008. He is currently working on a second monograph, “Inscribed Power: Literary Amulets in Medieval and Early Modern Spain,” in which he analyzes the medieval practice of “textual amulets,” which were inscribed with incantations and worn close to the body.

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