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Ryan GilesRyan Giles | Faculty

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Core Faculty, Medieval Studies Institute
Affiliated Faculty, Renaissance Studies Program

Office: Ballantine Hall 844A / 868
TEL: 855-8612 / 855-4878
Email: rdgilesat indiana dot edu

Education

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
MA, Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville, magna cum laude, 1999

Specializations

  • Medieval/Renaissance Literatures
  • Parody and Satire
  • Early Picaresque Writing
  • Sanctity and Popular Devotion
  • Myth and Ritual
  • Material Culture
  • Art in Literature
  • Theology and Literature

Selected Publications

Book

  • The Laughter of the Saints: Parodies of Holiness in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Recent Articles, Essays, and Published Papers

  • "Return to Commentary: On the Tears of Moses in the Libro de buen amor" Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 3.1 (2014): 121-41.
  • "Sewn without a Needle: The Chasuble of St. Ildephonsus in the Milagros de Nuestra Señora". La corónica 42.1 (2013): 281-97. 
  • “Picaresque Fatherhood: Racial and Literary Heritage in Guzmán de Alfarache 1.1.”  Neohelicon 40.1 (2013): 227-44.
  • “The Prayer of the Immured Woman and the Matter of Lazarillo de Tormes.” Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain.  Eds. Mary E. Barnard and Frederick A. De Armas.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 229-52.
  • "Parodia e impotencia en la Carajicomedia y las Elegías de Maximiano."  XVII Actas de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. Ed. Patrizia Botta. Rome: Bagatto Libri, 2012. 2. 244-50.
  • El Triunfo de Átropos en La Celestina”.  Anales de Historia del Arte 22, Núm. Especial (2012): 285-94.
  • “The Wineskin of Love: Errors and Hybrid Prayers in the the Libro de buen amor, MS S.”  Bulletin of Spanish Studies 89.3 (2012): 335-46.
  • “The Apple that Fell from Aristotle’s Hand: Fruits of Love and Death in the Libro de buen amor.” Hispanic Review  80.1 (2012): 1-20.
  • "Parentescos carnales y espirituales: La anagnórisis y el peligro de incesto en La devoción de la Cruz."  Calderón de la Barca en un nuevo milenio. Eds.  Luciano Garcia Lorenzo and Frederick A. de Armas.  Madrid; Frankfurt: Iberoamericana, 2011.  261-80.
  • "Pitas Payas and the Ethics of Forgetting in the Libro de buen amor ".  La pluma es lengua del alma: Ensayos en Honor de E. Michael Gerli.  Ed. José Miguel Hidalgo.  Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011.  163-77.
  • "A Galen for Lovers: Medical Readings of Ovid in Medieval and Early Renaissance Spain."  Ovid in the Age of Cervantes.  Ed. Frederick A. de Armas.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. 3-19. 
  • "The Miracle of Gerald the Pilgrim: Hagiographic Visions of Castration in the Liber Sancti Jacobi and Milagros de Nuestra Señora.” Neophilologus 94 (2010):439–50.
  • "'Del día que fue conde': The Parodic Remaking of the Count of Barcelona in the Poema de mío Cid."  La corónica (2009): 121-38
  • "The Erotic Legend of Santa Nafissa and the Retrato de Lozana andaluza". Romance Notes 48.1 (2009): 115-24.
  • "The Liberties of December and Gonzalo de Berceo's Miracle of Saint Ildefonso".  Hispanófila 156 (2009): 1-12.
  • "Depluming the Author: The Corbacho and the Crow of Myth and Fable".  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 85.5 (2008): 625-37.
  • "'Toma gallo que te muestre': Cock-Throwing in the Libro de buen amor and Later Medieval and Golden Age Satire".  Bulletin of Spanish Studies 85.2 (2008):  137-49.
  • "'Tomé senda por carrera':  Finding and Losing the Cross in the Libro de buen amor".  La corónica 36.2 (2008): 151-69.

Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment of the Humanities, Summer Seminar, 2003.
  • John K. Walsh Prize for outstanding essay, 2008.  Division of Medieval Spanish Language and Literature of the Modern Language Association.
  • National Endowment of the Humanities, Summer Seminar, 2009.
  • Fellowship, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2009-10.

Teaching

  • Panoramas of Hispanic Literature
  • Tradiciones épicas de la Edad Media
  • Mester de clerecía: 1200-1400
  • Love in Late Medieval Spanish Letters: The Libro de buen amor and Celestina
  • Sentencia y equivocación: El conde Lucanor y otros libros sapienciales
  • Los inicios de la picaresca: Trayectoria y debates críticos

Current Research Projects

  • Inscribed Power: Literary Amulets in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (book manuscript)
  • Rituals of Power in the Medieval Spanish Epic (book project)
  • “Charlemagne in the Hispanic World” (co-edited volume)