Associate Professor of Spanish

Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate French Language Advisor | Dey 228

At UNC since 2005


Harvard University, 2000

Other Appointments

Affiliate Faculty, Asian Studies

Affiliate Faculty, International and Area Studies


Carmen Hsu teaches 16th-and 17th-century Spanish literature. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005, she taught at the Universität Bielefeld, Germany. He research interests are primarily in the areas of theater, Cervantes, prose, “relaciones de sucesos” (news pamphlets), and Iberian-Asian relations. She is particularly interested in the representations of gender and space, the construction of national/cultural identity, and transoceanic expansions and exchanges between early modern Catholic Iberia and non-Christian worlds.


Books and edited volumes
–Courtesans in the Literature of the Spanish Golden Age. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2002.
–Cervantes y su tiempo, ed. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2010.

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters
–“Martyrdom, Conversion and Monarchy in Los primeros mártires del Japón.” Zwischen Er­eig­nis und Er­zäh­lung. Konversion als Medium der Selbstbeschreibung in Mit­tel­alter und Früher Neu­zeit. Eds. Werner Röcke, Julia Weitbrecht, and Ruth von Bernuth. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016. 217-34.
–“Amor y matrimonio según El laberinto de amor de Cervantes.” eHumanista/Cervantes 1 (2012): 537-51.
–“Sobre la figura de Trampagos en El rufián viudo de Cervantes.” Anales Cervantinos 44 (2012): 185-204.
–“La imagen humanística del gran reino chino de Juan González de Mendoza.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 8 (2010): 187-201.
–“Writing on behalf of a Christian Empire: Gifts, Dissimulation, and Politics in the Letters of Philip II of Spain to Wanli of China.” Hispanic Review 78 (2010): 323-44.
–“Acerca de la representación del archipiélago filipino en los Sucesos de Antonio de Morga.” Hispanófila 157 (2009): 117-32.
–“El Japón de Ávila Girón.” Las dos orillas. Actas del XV Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. Vol. II. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2007. 227-43.

Awards & Honors

Graduate Student Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2013.
Edward Clarence Evelyn Dyason Research Fellowship for project “The Images of Terra Australis Incognita as Represented in Early Modern Spain and England,” University of Melbourne, Australia, 2015.
Burress Faculty Fellowship, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill, spring 2013.
Semester Leave Fellowship, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, fall 2012.
Research Fellowship for project “Spain and Formosa in the Age of Maritime Rediscovery,” Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan, 2006-07

Recently Directed Dissertations

–Sarah Apffel. “Monstrosity and Identity in the Comedias of Lope de Vega,” Romance Languages, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015.

–Colleen McAlister. “Violence and Fame in the Quijote: Corporeal Manifestations of the Search for Identity.” M.A. Thesis, 2016.

–Whitney Winters. “Supernatural Persuasion and Luis de Molina’s Theology in Three of Tirso de Molina’s Works.” M.A. Thesis, 2011.

–Joshua Shaw Wasson. “Tristán the sacristan in Cervantes’ Los baños de Argel : a Cervantine gracioso?” M.A. Thesis, 2011.

–Elizabeth Trexler. “La cuestión de honor en las dos versiones de El alcalde de Zalamea.” M.A. Thesis, 2009.

–Anca Koczkas. “‘¿Amas tú?/Mi propio honor’: Laurencia y el honor.” M.A. Thesis, 2009.

Committee Member
–Julián Díez Torres. “Mundo y memoria: La amplificación historiográfica en el Inca Garcilaso,” Romance Languages, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2017.
–Grant Gearhart. “The Knight and War: Alternative Displays of Masculinity,” Romance Languages, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015.

Professor Hsu‘s current and previous advisees

Professor Hsu is currently accepting new advisees.