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Utah State University

Felipe Valencia

Spanish - World Languages and Cultures

Associate Professor


Felipe Valencia

Contact Information

Office Hours: Sabbatical
Office Location: Geol 417 B
Phone: (435) 797-9066
Email: felipe.valencia@usu.edu
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Brown University, 2013
A.M., Brown University, 2010
Lic. (B.A.), Complutense University of Madrid, 2006

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Utah State University, 2015-present
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Swarthmore College, 2013-2015

Span 3300: Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Literary Analysis (Fall and Spring)
Span 3600: Survey of Spanish Literature I: Medieval and Early Modern (Spring)  
Span 4900: Don Quijote (Spring 2016 and Fall 2020)
Span 4900: La melancolía en la literatura española del Siglo de Oro (Fall 2017 and Fall 2018)
Span 4900: Poesía española del Siglo de Oro (Fall 2016 and Fall 2019)
  • Early modern Spanish literature
  • Colonial Latin American literature
  • Poetry
  • Theory of the lyric
  • Melancholy
  • Theories of gender
  • Gender violence
  • Tragedy
  • Renaissance poetics and rhetoric
  • Early modern medicine
  • Pastoral
  • Luis de Góngora
  • Miguel de Cervantes
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • María de Zayas

Peer-reviewed monographs

Valencia, Felipe. The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Góngora. University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

 

Peer-reviewed articles

Valencia, Felipe. “Sincerity, Fiction, and the Space of Lyric in the Silerio Episode of La Galatea (1585) by Miguel de Cervantes.” Hispanic Review, vol. 88, no. 2, 2020, pp. 111-32.

Valencia, Felipe. “The Female Body of Sor Juana's Subject and the Language of Gongorism in Epinicio al virrey conde de Galve (1691).” Theory Now, vol. 2, no. 1, 2019, pp. 103-19.

Valencia, Felipe. “‘Amorosa violencia’: Sor Juana’s Theory of the Lyric.” Sor Juana y su lírica menor, edited by Francisco Ramírez Santacruz, special issue of Romance Notes, vol. 58, no. 2, 2018, pp. 299-310.

Valencia, Felipe. “Furorindustria y límites de la palabra poética en La Numancia (1585) de Cervantes.” El teatro profano del siglo XVI, edited by Julio Vélez-Sainz, special issue of Criticón, vol. 126, 2016, pp. 97-110.

Valencia, Felipe. “‘No se puede reducir a continuado término’: Cervantes and the Poetic Persona.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, vol. 21, no. 1, 2016, pp. 81-106.

Valencia, Felipe. “Las ‘muchas (aunque bárbaras)’ voces líricas de La Araucana y la índole poética de una ‘historia verdadera’.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 49, no. 1, 2015, pp. 147-71.

Valencia, Felipe. “‘Acoged blandamente mi suspiro’: El beso de almas en la poesía petrarquista española del siglo XVI.” Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica, vol. 26, 2008, pp. 259-90.

Book reviews in academic journals

Valencia, Felipe. Review of The Potency of Pastoral in the Hispanic Baroque, by Anne Holloway. Bulletin of the Comediantes, vol. 72, no. 1, 2020, pp. 157-59.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of Love in the Poetry of Francisco de Aldana: Beyond Neoplatonism, by Paul Joseph Lennon. Creneida: Anuario de Literaturas Hispánicas, vol. 8, 2020, pp. 353-58.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of Poesía y materialidad, edited by Albert Lloret and Miguel Martínez. Ecdotica, vol. 16, 2019, pp. 285-91.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe, by Mary E. Barnard. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, vol. 71, no. 2, 2017, pp. 108-11.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of Love Poetry in the Spanish Golden Age: Eros, Eris and Empire, by Isabel Torres. Revista de estudios hispánicos, vol. 48, no. 3, 2014, pp. 43-46.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities, by David R. Castillo, and Hyperboles: The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought, by Christopher D. Johnson. Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, vol. 18, no. 3, 2013, pp. 165-70.

Valencia, Felipe. Review of An Erotic Philology of Golden Age Spain, by Adrienne Laskier Martín. Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica, vol. 29, 2011, pp. 331-33.

My teaching combines introductory courses to the Spanish major and minor, surveys, and advanced courses on special topics. I have also taught literature courses in English (on Don Quijote and on colonial Latin American texts in a Native American and European context) and courses throughout the language sequence in a liberal arts setting. At Utah State, each semester I teach an introduction to Hispanic literature and literary analysis for Spanish majors and minors, and each spring I offer a survey of medieval and early modern Spanish literature. In the fall I teach an advanced topics course. So far this course has been dedicated to Cervantes’s Don Quijote, where we read the book in full and place it in its historical and literary context while also looking ahead to the theory of the novel; to melancholy, where we combine readings in the dazzling tradition on melancholy (from the Pseudo-Aristotle to Freud, including Cicero, John Cassian, Ficino, Huarte de San Juan, Agamben, and Schiesari) and early modern Spanish plays and novellas, such as Lope’s El caballero de Olmedo, Calderón’s La vida es sueño and El medico de su honra, Zayas’s “La inocencia castigada” and “Estragos que causa el vicio,” and Tirso’s El condenado por desconfiado, among others; and to early modern Spanish poetry, where we take six deep dives into as many clusters: cancionero poetry, the lyric of Garcilaso, the mystical canticle of San Juan de la Cruz, the New World epic of Alonso de Ercilla, poetry written by women in the seventeenth century, and the verse of Luis de Góngora. In the future, I plan to offer advanced topics courses on Góngora’s poetry; and on dialogues between twenty-first-century Spain and the Spanish Golden Age, where we combine Velázquez’s Las meninas and Santiago García and Javier Olivares’s graphic novel, Cervantes’s Rinconete y Cortadillo and Alberto Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos’s TV show La peste, or the Inquisitorial trial of Elena/Eleno de Céspedes and Cabello/Carceller’s mixed media project Un presente sin memoria: A/O (Caso Céspedes).