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Emily S. Beck

Associate Professor of Spanish

Address: JC Long 135
Phone: 843.953.5412
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Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture

Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D. Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Columbia University, New York, NY
M.A. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Comparative Literature, Minor in Spanish Literature, Phi Beta Kappa

Research Interests

My research focuses on Medieval and Early Modern Spain, particularly the chivalric tradition in Iberia and its pan-European context, the court of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand and the Age of the Catholic Monarchs, Iberian religions and la convivencia of Christians, Jews and Muslims in the peninsula, the intersection of literature, politics, and history, and gender theory. I am interested in works that attempt to define and impose idealized behaviors, and my research examines the implications that these expectations have for those at the margins of Iberian society, including women and minorities.

Courses Taught

Spanish 493 – Seminar in Spanish Literature: Don Quijote de La Mancha

Spanish 473 – Senior Seminar: The Spanish Golden Age

Spanish 453 – Senior Seminar: Don Quijote de La Mancha

Spanish 367 – Power and Gender in Early Modern Spain

Spanish 361 – Survey of Medieval and Golden Age Literature

Spanish 333 – Special Topics in Civilization and Culture

Spanish 322 – Civilization and Culture of Spain I

Spanish 320 – Introduction to Textual Analysis

Spanish 314 – Spanish Conversation

Spanish 313 – Spanish Composition

Spanish 275 – Advanced Spanish Skills Review

First Year Experience/SPAN 202 – Global Perspectives: ¡Barcelona!

Spanish 202 – Intermediate Spanish II

Spanish 200 – Elementary Spanish II

LTSP 250 – Literature in Translation-Spanish: The Spain of Cervantes


“Contemplating the Noble Ethos: Implications for Jewish Converts in the Writings of Alfonso de Cartagena,” in Revisiting Convivencia in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. Ed. Connie L. Scarborough. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2014: 355-372.

“El espejo del estadista traicionero: Reexaminación de Vida de Marco Bruto de Quevedo,” Hispania 97.3 (Fall 2014): 441-451.

“Historiographical Approaches to Iberian Multiculturalism and Castilian Imperialism during the Siglo de Oro,”  eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 24 (Fall 2013): 479-490.

“Debating Arms and Letters: Curial e Güelfa and Noble Ambitions in the Fifteenth Century,” La corónica 40.1 (2011): 63-85.

“‘Porque oyéndolas les crescian los corazones’: Chivalry and the Power of Stories in Alfonso X and Ramon Llull,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 88.2 (2011): 159-176.