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Rosilie Hernández, PhD

Professor of Early Modern Peninsular Studies and Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

1610 UH

Office Phone:

(312) 413-7563


Major Interests
16th and 17th Century Spanish Literature; Cervantes; Gender Studies and Women Writers; Moral, Economic, and Political Treatises; Religious Studies; Visual Cultures.

Selected Publications


  • Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral. Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures Series, edited by Frank A. Domínguez, University of North Carolina Press. 2006.
  • Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World. Co-edited with Anne J. Cruz. Vermont: Ashgate Press. 2011.
  • Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina Women. Co-edited with Anne J. Cruz and Joyce Tolliver. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta. 2003.


  • “Will, Reason, and Individuality: Theological Nominalism and its Resonances in Don Quijote, Part II.”  Don Quixote Part II. Anniversary Volume.  Ed. Bruce Burningham. University of Nebraska Press. Forthcoming, 2016/2017.
  • “Chapter 19. Didactic Treatises.” In Early Modern Spanish Women Writers. Ed. Anne J. Cruz and Nieves Baranda Leturio. Routledge. Forthcoming, 2016.
  • “Friends in High Places: The Correspondence of Felipe IV and Sor María de Ágreda.”  InWomen’s Lives and Works in Early Modern Iberia and the New World.  New York: Arte poética2015.
  • “Reproductive Genesis: Mothers and Children Martín Carrillo’s Elogios de mujeres insignes del viejo testamento.”  Ed. Grace Coolidge. Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2014.
  • “What is us? Cervantes, Pedro de Valencia, and Ricote’s Return in the Quixote.” In Cervantes in Perspective. Ed. Julia Domínguez. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana Vervuet. Spring 2013.
  • “Furió Ceriol, Sancho Panza, and Althusser: Machiavelli’s Prince Reconsidered.” Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America. 32(2), Fall 2012.
  • “The Politics of Exemplarity: Biblical Women and the Education of the Spanish Lady in Martín Carrillo, Sebastián de Herrera Barnuevo, and María de Guevara.”  In Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World. Co-editors Anne J. Cruz and Rosilie Hernández. Vermont: Ashgate Press. 2011.
  • “Luisa de Padilla’s Lágrimas de la nobleza: Vice, Moral Authority, and the Woman Writer.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 87 (7) November 2010, 897-914.
  • “Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the Arbitrista Reform Movement: The Case of Aldonza Lorenzo.” Romance Quarterly. 57. 3 (May, 2010). 169 – 182.
  • “Cristóbal Suárez de Figueroa and Isabel Correa: Competing Translators of Battista Guarini’s Il Pastor Fido.” Romance Notes, XLVI.1 (2005): 97-105.
  • Busco la muerte en mi daño, que ella es vida a mi dolencia“: Diversas manifestaciones de la muerte en La Galatea.” Estas primicias del ingenioJóvenes Cervantistas en Chicago. Eds. Francisco Caudet and Kerry Wilks. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 2003. 113-33.
  • “Isabel Correa’s Transformative Translation of Guarini’s Il Pastor Fido.” Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina Women. Eds. Anne J. Cruz, Rosilie Hernández-Pecoraro, and Joyce Tolliver. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2003. 125-44.
  • “Jarifa’s Choice: A Gendered Reading of El Abencerraje y la hermosa Jarifa.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies. LXXIX (2002): 429-446.
  • Don Quixote’s Dorotea: Portrait of a Female Subject.” Hispanófila. 135 (2002): 19-39.
  • La fuerza del amor or the Power of Self-Love: Zayas´s response to Cervantes´s La fuerza de la sangre.” Hispanic Review. 70 (2002): 39-57.
  • “The Absence of the Absence of Woman: Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the Explosion of the Pastoral Tradition.” Cervantes. XVIII.1 (1998): 24-45.
  • “Cervantes’s La Galatea: Feminine Spaces, Subjects, and Communities.” Pacific CoastPhilology. XXXIII (1998): 15-30.

Notable Honors

2016-2017, Mid Career Award, Humanities Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2014-2015, Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Humanities (UIC)

Fall, 2012, U.S. Germany International Education Administrator’s Program, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

2012, Award for Collaborative Project - for the book Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (Ashgate, 2011)., Society for the Study of Early Modern Women


PhD, University of California, Irvine -- High Honors
BA, Boston University