Professor of Spanish

uncfad@ils.unc.edu | Dey 221

At UNC since 1973


Education

Ph.D. U of Michigan, 1973
M.A. U of Michigan, 1968
B.A. Hobart-William Smith Colleges, 1967

Bio

Frank Dominguez’ interests are very wide ranging but revolve around: 1) the medieval survival and adaptation of classical texts (particularly those having to do with the Argonatica or the legend of Jason and Medea), 2) the fifteenth-century Spanish love lyric and satire, 3) the classical and early modern concept of adornment and beauty, and 4) humanities computing.

He has always been interested in how Spanish poets of the fifteenth and sixteenth century could create very memorable works out of a consciously restricted set of themes, forms, and lexicon. This interest has led to the publication of books on the lyric poetry of fifteenth century Spain (Cancionero de obras de burlas provocantes a risa Valencia, 1519. Valencia: Albatros, 1988; and, Love and Remembrance: The Poetry of Jorge Manrique. Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 1988). These books have required a deepening of his research into the lexicon used to describe sex, adornment, and cosmetics. Recently, he has finished a book on Carajicomedia: Parody and Satire in Early Modern Spain (Tamesis, 2015), and is currently working on Medieval and Renaissance cultural attitudes toward adornment and cosmetics, which has already produced articles and reviews.

Dominguez has also served as managing editor since 1995 and chair of our Publications Board from 2003-2015 (HispanófilaRomance Notes, the Series in Romance Languages and Literatures); review editor of Hispanófila (1989-); editor of the NC Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures. In the last capacity, he edited thirty four books for the Series, with more soon to come.

Publications

  • Carajicomedia: Parody and Satire in Early Modern Spain  (forthcoming 2015)
  • Carajicomedia: El poema atribuido a Fray Juan de Hempudia.” (eHumanista special issue on the Obras de burlas of Hernando del Castillo’s Cancionero general, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Juan de Mena’s El Laberinto de Fortuna, Petrarch’s Africa, the Scipio/Caesar Controversy.” La corónica 42.2 (2014): 137-168.
  • “Laberintos, mappae mundi, y geografías en El Laberinto de Fortuna de Juan de Mena y Las Trezientas.” La corónica 40.1 (2011): 149-182.
  • “The Burlesque “Contrafacta” of Juan de Mena’s El Laberinto de Fortuna: The Anonymous Carajicomedia and Cristóbal de Castillejo’s “A cierto escribano confeso.” La pluma es lengua del alma: Ensayos en Honor de E. Michael Gerli. Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011.
  • Auctor/Traslator/GlossatorEl Laberinto de Fortuna de Juan de Mena, las glosas a Las Trescientas de Hernán Núñez, y su reescritura en Carajicomedia.” eHumanista 17 (2011): 121-138.
  • The Burlesque, the Parodic, and the Satiric in Medieval Early Modern Spanish Literature, Edited by Frank A. Domínguez. La corónica 37.3 (2009): 42-367.

Typical Courses

Major Courses:

  • SPAN 371: Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700)
  • SPAN 126 (History of the Spanish Language)
  • SPAN 350 (Grammar and Composition)
  • SPAN 383 (The Beginnings of the Inquisition and the Question of the Other).

Graduate Courses:

  • SPAN 701: Beginnings of Castilian Hegemony to 1369;
  • SPAN 702: Beginnings of Castilian Hegemony from 1369 to 1504

Awards & Honors

American Council of Learned Societies (1982); the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1982); National Endowment Institute on the establishment of the New World colonies (“American Encounters: New Societies in a New World,” Director, 1992); Fellow of the Institute for Academic Technology (1989-1994). Grants: U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Studies and Research (1993-1995); Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and North American Universities (1988; 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008); U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Studies and Research (1987-1988); U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Studies and Research (1985-87); Lindau Foundation (1983-85, 1987), IBM ACIS (1986-89); IBM ACIS Project Grant (1984-1989); and the Lindau Foundation (1983-85, 1987). I also received a  Mentor of the Year Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students and to the Graduate Romance Association (2010-2011) from the Department and was nominated for a Post-Baccalaureate Distinguished Teaching Award (1998) and a University-Wide Teaching Award (1994).

Recently Directed Dissertations

He has directed 20 theses and 22 dissertations in Medieval and Golden Age literature, and has been a reader for about 172 others.

Graduate Students Advised by Professor Dominguez 

Professor Dominguez is not currently accepting new advisees.