Mercedes Alcalá-Galán

Position title: Professor


1056 Van Hise Hall

Fall 2021 Office Hours

Virtual via Zoom
Due to the ongoing pandemic, appointment requests may be made either via email or in person before or after class. Consultations will take place through Zoom at the agreed-upon time.


Mercedes Alcalá Galán is a professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research is oriented primarily toward topics in poetics and gender studies with special emphasis on visual studies. She is the author of “Con esta carga nacemos las mujeres”: Discursos sobre el cuerpo femenino en la España de Cervantes (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, forthcoming 2022); Escritura desatada: poéticas de la representación en Cervantes (Centro de Estudios Cervantinos); and La silva curiosa de Julián de Medrano. Estudio y edición critica. She is the guest editor of “Si ya por atrevido no sale con las manos en la cabeza”: el legado poético del “Persiles” cuatrocientos años después (eHumanista/Cervantes, 2016), and co-editor of the volume Sex and Gender in Cervantes in honor of Adrienne Martín (Kassel, Germany: Reichenberger, 2019). She has another book project well underway on visuality and ekphrasis in early modern Spain, tentatively titled Archeology of the Invisible: Painting and Popular Culture in Early Modern Spain. Professor Alcalá has published some seventy articles on early modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture, and has given invited lectures throughout the United States and in some twenty countries over several continents.


PhD, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain