Rafael Castillo Bejarano

Education

Ph. D. on Hispanic Studies
Brown University

Rafael Castillo Bejarano

Rafael Castillo Bejarano received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, where he has taught all levels of Spanish languages, surveys of Peninsular and Latino American Literature, and Hispanic Cultures. Rafael´s research explores the nascent figure of the author, as well as literary and social shelf-fashioning, and the constitution of modern subjectivity from the work and life of the nobleman and courtly poet Juan de Tassis, Count of Villamediana.  The project considers the poet courtier´s interaction with major Spanish Golden Age writers, such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, or Luis de Góngora.  Rafael´s other fields of interest include aristocracy and court culture in Early Modern Iberia, and the Transatlantic dialogues among Hispanic literatures. He is currently working in a book manuscritp titted La pluma bañada en oro: creación y autocreación en Villamediana (Gold-Bathed Pen: Creation and Self-Creation by Count of Villamediana).

Research Interests:

  • Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
  • Early Modern Transatlantic Connections
  • Early Modern Subjectivity
  • 16th and 17th Hispanic Poetry
  • Theory of the Lyric
  • Poetry and Music

Regularly Taught Courses:

  • SPAN 103 and SPAN 104: Intermediate Spanish I&II
  • SPAN 201: Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN 202: Introduction to the Hispanic Studies
  • SPAN 3032: Living (in) Madrid
  • SPAN 3033: Transatlantic Connections
  • SPAN 423: Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 4016: Spain on the Stage: Survey of Spanish Theater

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Conference Presentations

  • "'Su hermano, de quien tanto se temía': hacia una ética de la masculinidad en 'Las dos doncellas', de Miguel de Cervantes," Renaissance Society of America Virtual Conference 2021 (April 20, 2021).
  • "La carta de Lope de Vega al príncipe de Esquilache y los poemas funerales a doña Catalina de la Cerda," XII Triennial Conference of the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro, AISO (Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2-6 November 2020).
  • “‘La voz, eco ya de mi tormento’: El elogio de las damas cantoras en la poesía de Villamediana,” XIV Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry (Irvine, California, 17-19 October 2019). 

  • “Las edades del poeta: el discurso de la edad en Cervantes y sus contemporáneos”, 2018 North American Cervantes Society of America Conference (Calgary, Canada, 27-29 September 2018).

  • “´Un blanco serafín con negros rayos´: la búsqueda de intercesión en la gracia regia a través de las damas de palacio de Góngora a Villamediana”, 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry (Seville, Spain, 18-20 October 2107). 
  • “Entre España y Portugal: síntesis de una poética de la sinceridad en el primer Villamediana”, XI Congreso de la Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (Madrid, Spain, 10-14 July 2017).
  • “´Con mayúsculas letras de oro´: los poetas nobles titulados en el Viage del Parnaso de Miguel de Cervantes”, 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry (Amherst, MA, 24-26 September 2015).
  • Tierras Solares y Calcomanías: Visiones y revisiones de España en Rubén Darío y Oliverio Girondo”, VII International Conference on Transatlantic Studies (Providence, RI, 21-24 April 2015). 

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