Professor of Spanish
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., M.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Stanford University
Seidenspinner-Núñez works in medieval Spanish literature and comparative medieval literature; more recent research approaches 14th- and 15th-century peninsular literature and culture incorporating cultural studies and feminist theory and centers on converso texts (Jewish converts to Christianity), literature and the law, and the Inquisition. Author of The Allegory of Good Love: Parodic Perspectivism in the 'Libro de buen amor'; (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981) and The Writings of Teresa de Cartagena (London: Boydell and Brewer, 1998), and numerous articles on Celestina, the Arçipreste de Talavera, Juan Ruiz, Don Juan Manuel, La vida de Santa Maria Egipciaca, and converso criticism; editor of the Libro de don Tristán de Leonis, Arboleda de los enfermos, and Admiraçoin operum Dey. Current research project, The Wane in Spain: Trastámaran Textualities, 1369-1516, examines the interventions of the conversos in Spanish culture under the Trastámara dynasty in the context of nation-building and the formation of a persecuting society.