Ph.D., Brown University, 2013
A.M., Brown University, 2010
Lic. (B.A.), Complutense University of Madrid, 2006
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Utah State University, 2015-present
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Swarthmore College, 2013-2015
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
Theory of the lyric
Theories of gender
Renaissance poetics and rhetoric
Early modern medicine
Luis de Góngora
Miguel de Cervantes
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
María de Zayas
My research and teaching focus on the literature and intellectual history of early modern Spain and colonial Latin America, with an emphasis on poetry, theory of the lyric, melancholy, and gender violence. My work also draws from cultural studies and critical theory. I am interested in the specifically early modern ways in which the women and men of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Hispanic world thought of literature—in the way they forged poetics with materials and interdisciplinary sensitivities distinct from our own. My published work has dealt with sixteenth-century Spanish lyric and epic poetry, sixteenth-century political tragedy, pastoral, the early works of Miguel de Cervantes, and the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
My first book, The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Góngora (under contract) contends that at the turn of the seventeenth century, partly as a response to the rising prestige and commercial success of epic, partly enabled by the idea of melancholy—which had gained great importance throughout Europe during the sixteenth century when it came to think about the physical, ethical, social, and political stakes of creativity—several Spanish poets conceived lyric as a melancholy and masculinist discourse that sings of and perpetrates symbolic violence against the female beloved. The Melancholy Void examines the centrality of gender violence and anxieties about feminization in connection with lyric utterance in influential texts such as La Araucana (1569-1589) by Alonso de Ercilla, Algunas obras (1582) by Fernando de Herrera, and the Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (1612) and the Soledades (1613-1614) by Luis de Góngora, but also in a lesser-known collection of lyric such as Versos (1612) by Juan de Arguijo, and the pastoral romance La Galatea (1585), the first printed work by Miguel de Cervantes. Through the study of these texts, which offer a wide sampling of styles, themes, and traditions, The Melancholy Void addresses four problems in the scholarship of early modern Spanish poetry: what was the response to and contribution from Spanish poetry to the fledgling theory of the lyric in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, and what consequences did this turn to theory have for Spanish lyric? How did the rise of Spanish epic at that time affect Spanish lyric? What was the impact on Spanish poetry of the heightened interest in melancholy across Europe at the turn of the seventeenth century, so evident in works from other genres, for instance Don Quijote and El médico de su honra? And last, but not least, what was the role of gender violence and the construction of masculinity in key texts of the Spanish poetic tradition, especially in love poetry?
Currently I am working on two articles: one on melancholy, rape, and the gendering of creativity in the prose fiction of María de Zayas; and, in collaboration with Imogen Choi (Exeter College, University of Oxford), another one on Ercilla’s engagement with neo-Senecan tragedy in the third part of La Araucana (1589).
Future projects include further work on the literary uses of sexual violence, a study on the impact of the Erasmian conception of friendship as a framework for reading and writing in prose fiction, and a companion to Góngora.
Born in Colombia of Colombian parents, I also grew up in Spain and the United States. By now I am a citizen of all three countries.
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. “Furor, industria 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 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
Work under peer review
Valencia, Felipe. The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Góngora. Book manuscript under contract and under peer review at the University of Nebraska Press. Submitted on 15 November 2019.
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 (Don Quijote
and colonial Latin American texts in a Native American and European context) and courses throughout the language sequence in a liberal arts setting. 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 for Spanish majors and minors as well. In the fall I teach an advanced topics course for Spanish majors. So far at Utah State the 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).
On Access Utah of Utah Public Radio to discuss “Supreme Stakes: Understanding Sexual Violence,” a teach-in on October 9, 2018 surrounding the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh: https://www.upr.org/post/supreme-stakes-understanding-sexual-violence-access-utah-and-utah-women-2020