Juan Vitulli

Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin-American Literature and Culture at the University of Notre Dame since 2007




Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Profesor en Letras, Universidad Nacional de Rosario

Research Profile

Areas of Research:
  • Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture.
  • Baroque Poetry
  • Baroque sermons
  • The Baroque and the Creole: cultural intersections
  • The Baroque Hispanic Preacher
  •  Instable Puente. La construcción del letrado criollo en las obras de Juan


    de Espinosa Medrano. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 2013.




I teach courses on Early Modern Spanish literature and culture, with a strong interest on the Baroque period and the relationships between the metropolitan discourse and the colonial Latin-American appropriation.
My most recent book is Instable Puente. La construcción del letrado criollo en las obras de Juan de Espinosa Medrano. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 2013. The book focuses on how Juan de Espinosa Medrano composes an ensemble of texts (a treatise on poetry, theater, and several sermons) that demonstrates his ability to master the European literary code, while simultaneously undermining the supposed natural preeminence of Spanish intellectuals over the colonized.
In 2011, I published the critical edition of Amar su propia muerte (To Love One’s Own Death) the only comedia written by Espinosa Medrano. The book was published by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. The book includes a 100 pages introduction and the annotated play with more than 400 bibliographical and critical notes.
I am also the co-author of Poéticas de lo criollo. La transformación del concepto “criollo” en las letras hispanoamericanas. Siglos XVI-XIX, a co-edited interdisciplinary volume dedicated to the analysis of the concept of “criollo” as a floating signifier in Latin-American culture.
I have published articles in peer journal reviews such as Bulletin of the Comediantes, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Calíope and Hispanic Review.
Currently, I am working in a new project titled The Baroque Hispanic Preacher where I study books on preaching written during the XVII century in Spain and its colonies—including Peru, Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines. 

Contact Information

158 Decio Faculty Hall
Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556