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
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Rosilie Hernández is a professor of early modern Spanish studies, LAS Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, and president of GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sober la Mujer en España y las Américas). Her areas of specialization are the literatures and visual cultures of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain. She is the author of Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2019) and Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), as well as articles focusing on Cervantes, women writers, and political and economic treatises in journals such as Hispanic Review, Romance Quarterly, Cervantes, The Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and Hispania. She has contributed to numerous edited volumes and co-edited several volumes herself, the most recent being Women's Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (With Anne J. Cruz. Vermont: Ashgate Press. 2011), winner of the Collaborative Project Award for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her research focuses on the intersections between political, theological, philosophical, and aesthetic discourses in early modern Spain.
Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Early Modern Spain. University of Toronto Press, 2019.
Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral. Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures Series, University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Reissued, April 1, 2018.
Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World. Co-edited with Anne J. Cruz. Vermont: Ashgate. June 2011. Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s Collaborative Project Award, 2012.
“Dios me entiende y no digo más: Nominalism, Humanism, and Modernity in Don Quijote.” Cervantes in the New Millenium. Ed. Bruce Burningham. New Hispanisms Series, Lincoln: University of Nebraska. May, 2020.
“The Law of Genre/Gender in Don Quixote: Cervantes’s Feminism Reconsidered.” Sexo y género en Cervantes/Sex and Gender in Cervantes. Eds. Mercedes Alcalá Galán and Esther Fernández. Kassel: Edition Reichenberger. August, 2019.
“Chapter 16. Didactic Treatises.” The Routledge Research Companion to Spanish Early Modern Women. Ed. Anne J. Cruz and Nieves Baranda Leturio. New York: Routledge, 2018. 255-70.
“Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the Arbitrista Reform Project: The Case of Aldonza Lorenzo.” Romance Quarterly. 57. 3 (May, 2010): 169–182.
“Friends in High Places: The Correspondence of Felipe IV and Sor María de Ágreda.” Perspectives on Early Modern Women in Iberia and the Americas: Studies in Law, Society, Art and Literature. Eds. María Cristina Quintero and Adrienne Martín. New York: Arte Poética, 2015. 422-42.
“Furio Ceriol, Sancho Panza, and Althusser: Maquivelli’s Prince Reconsidered.” Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America. Fall, 2012: 11-36.
“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.
President (elected), GEMELA
Ex-Member of the Board (elected), Cervantes Society of America
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
1994-1998 University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., Spanish Literature. With high honors.
1991-1994 University of California, Irvine, M.A., Spanish Literature
1989 Universitá di Padova, Italy. Study Abroad Program.
1986-1990 Boston University, B.A., Art History, cum laude.
- Cervantes Society of America
- Renaissance Society of America
Invited Lectures and Symposia
- “The Virgin Child: Mary’s Infancy and the Immaculist Imaginary in Villena, Ágreda, and Zurbarán.” Public Lecture, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. University of Wisconsin, Madison. February 23, 2018.
- “The Name and its Performance: Cervantes’s Don Quixote.” Cervantes and Shakespeare: A Transnational Conversation. The Newberry Library, April 15, 2016.
- “Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Nominalist Theology, and Perspectivism.” Barack Obama Graduate Seminar. Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany. December 4, 2015.
- “Immaculate Conceptions: The Religious Imagination in Counter-Reformation Spain and the Americas.” Ideology of Form Series. Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany. December 3, 2015.
- “Immaculate Conceptions: The Religious Imagination in Counter-Reformation Spain.” Fellows Lecture, Institute for the Humanities, UIC. March 2015.
- “Friends in High Places: The Correspondence of María de Ágreda and Phillip IV.” Early Modern Women: New Perspectives. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Society Symposium. February 2015.