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Associate Professor of Spanish

Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate French Language Advisor

carmen.hsu@unc.edu | Dey 228

At UNC since 2005


Education

Harvard University, 2000

Other Appointments

Affiliate Faculty, Asian Studies

Affiliate Faculty, International and Area Studies

Bio

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.

Publications

Books and edited volumes

  • Courtesans in the Literature of the Spanish Golden Age. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2002.
  • Asia in the Making of Early Modern Spain (forthcoming).
  • Cervantes y su tiempo, ed. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2010.

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

  • “Del norte de Europa al sur de Asia Oriental: Las batallas hispano-holandesas en Playa Honda durante la Tregua de Doce Años (1609-21).” Eds. Luc Torres, Hélène Tropé, and Javier Espejo. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2021.
  • “Shipwreck, Exile, and Political Critique in the Comedia de Fernán Méndez Pinto en China (1631) by Antonio Enríquez Gómez.” Shipwreck in Early Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture. Eds. Elena Rodríguez-Guridi and Carrie Ruiz (forthcoming in Bucknell University Press in 2020/2021).
  • “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.
  • “De un personaje cervantino: La Pericona y algunos aspectos de la poesía germanesca en “El rufián viudo llamado Trampagos’.” Cervantes y su tiempo. Ed. Carmen Hsu. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2010. 105-24.
  • “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.
  • “Planteamiento del tema celestinesco chino y Jin Ping Mei.” Celestinesca 34 (2010): 43-55.
  • “Acerca de la representación del archipiélago filipino en los Sucesos de Antonio de Morga.” Hispanófila 157 (2009): 117-32.
  • “Los chinos de Manila a través de las relaciones de sucesos del siglo XVII.” Representaciones de la alteridad, ideológica, religiosa, humana y espacial en las relaciones de sucesos (siglos XVI-XVIII). Ed. Patrick Bégrand. Besançon: Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2009. 303-15.
  • “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.
  • “‘La fuerza de la hermosura:’ The Courtesan Character in La tía fingida.” Cervantes y su mundo III. Ed. A. Robert Lauer & Kurt Reichenberger. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2005. 223-40.
  • “Dos cartas de Felipe II al emperador de China.” eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies 4 (2004): 194-2093.

Awards & Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago, 2018-19.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Student Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-13.
  • Research Fellowship for project “Spain and Formosa in the Age of Maritime Rediscovery,” Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan, 2006-07

Courses Regularly Taught

Undergraduate:

  • SPAN371 — Conflict and Literature in Early Modern Spain
  • ROML 71/ASIA 71 — Asia in Iberian Converso Literature, 1500s-1650s

Graduate:

  • The Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age
  • Cervantes and Don Quixote

Recently Directed Dissertations

M.A. Theses Directed:

  • Elena Peña-Argüeso, “Catarismo, redenciones y milagros en La vida de San Pedro Nolasco,” Romance Studies, 2019.
  • Ellynn Loftus, “‘Las que en mí fueron espinas, se vuelven rosas en ti’: The Representación of Female Sainthood in Lope de Vega’s Famosa comedia de la bienaventurada madre Santa Teresa de Jesús,” Romance Studies, 2018.
  • Collen Marie McAlister, “La violencia en Don Quijote: una investigación sobre las causas, los contextos, y las justificaciones,” Romance Studies, 2016.

Ph.D. Dissertations Directed:

  • Elena Casey, “Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Theater of Melancholy,” Romance Studies, 2019.
  • Sarah Apffel. “Monstrosity and Identity in the Comedias of Lope de Vega,” Romance Languages, 2015.

Professor Hsu‘s current and previous advisees

Professor Hsu is currently accepting new advisees.