Rosilie Hernández is Associate Professor at the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of specialization are the literatures and visual cultures of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. She is the author of Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), as well as numerous 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, as well as numerous edited volumes. She has herself co-edited several volumes, including with Anne J. Cruz, Women's Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (Ashgate Press, 2011), which won the Collaborative Project Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Until recently, her research has generally focused on the representation of "otherness” within emerging literary genres. Hernández is presently completing a manuscript on representations of the Immaculate Conception and the interconnection between political, theological, and aesthetic discourses in Counter-Reformation Spain. She is also conducting research on the correlation between medieval nominalism and perspectivism in Don Quixote.
Sponsored by Jay C. & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund and Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science.