Deborah Forteza


Research Focus: Early Modern Spanish & English Literature; the Novel; Religion & Literature

Background: Originally from Uruguay, but having grown up in Argentina, I came to the USA for college and graduate school. My research interests center on the novel, intertextuality, and transnational connections in literature—especially Spanish-English. I am particularly fascinated by the representations of Queen Elizabeth I and English Catholics in Spanish Golden Age literature. I am also interested in Arabic connections in the works of Cervantes. I enjoy mentoring and teaching students how to think critically, especially with respect to culture, literature, and mass media.

Undergraduate Institution: BA, Northland International University

Master of Arts Institution: MA, University of St. Thomas; MDIV, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Research Focus:  Representations of England in early modern Spanish works; the Novel; Religion & Literature

Past Teaching:

  • LIT 20907 – Sophomore literature requirement - "Partial Magic: Madness, (Meta)Fiction, and Reality in Quixotic Films & Texts"
  • ROSP 10101-10102, 20201 – Beginning Spanish I-II, Intermediate Spanish I
  • WR13100 – Writing and Rhetoric; WR13300 – Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric

Current Projects (developing workshops & conferences):

  • 2016 - University of Newcastle, "Iberian Literature & Culture in Early Modern England" Conference Paper: “Demonstrably Illegitimate: Anglo-Spanish Representations of Elizabeth Tudor”
  • 2015 - UT at Austin “Don Quijote and the Mediterranean World” Conference Paper: “Redeeming Captivity: Critiques of Spanish Intolerance in “La historia del cautivo” and La española inglesa”
  • 2015 - Universidad de Navarra (GRISO), Congreso de Jóvenes Investigadores del Siglo de Oro (JISO): “Representaciones del cisma de Inglaterra en el Siglo de Oro: Ribadeneira y Cervantes”
  • 2014 - APA/ACA National Conference Presentation: “The Spanish-English Quixote: Mad Transformations as Social Critique in Don Quixote in England”
  • 2013-2014 - Co-Coordinator, Andrew W. Mellon/ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student yearlong workshop series, “Conversion and Literature”

Grants & Awards: (special projects and summer):

  • 2016 - Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State, Semi-Finalist, Spain
  • 2016 - Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant
  • 2015 - Nanovic Institute for European Studies Graduate Travel & Research Grant for archival work in Spain
  • 2014 - Zahm Research Travel Grant to visit the British Library in London (Institute for Scholarship & the Liberal Arts)
  • 2013 - Roy and Joan Laughlin Fellowship
  • 2013 - Andrew W. Mellon/ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop Grant for yearlong series “Religion and Conversion”
  • 2013 - Newberry Library travel grant for “Approaches to Teaching Don Quixote” Professional Workshop
  • 2012 - Graduate School Professional Development Grant for summer Arabic course in Jordan
  • 2012- Roy and Joan Laughlin Fellowship


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