B.A. - University of Virginia; M.A. - New York University in Madrid; Ph.D. - Pennsylvania
Dr. Carolyn Nadeau teaches medieval and early modern Spanish literature and culture
classes as well as the courses, “Spanish for Social Justice” and “Medical Spanish
and Cultural Competency for Health Care.” In addition she has taught courses in Literature
in Translation, directed off-campus studies in London, Madrid, and Barcelona, and
taught both in the Humanities sequence and in the first-year writing "Gateway" program.
One of her most memorable teaching experiences was the 2015 senior seminar, "El individuo y la sociedad en la literatura picaresca," in which a group of intellectually-charged
majors read, analyzed, and discussed picaresque novels and themes of anti heroism,
crime and punishment, and concepts of the self in terms of gender, race, religion,
and social norms. Students wrote fascinating research papers and several presented
their findings at the John Wesley Powell Research conference.
Her research focuses on food representation in sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century
Spanish literature. Her monograph, Food Matters. Alonso Quijano’s Diet and the Discourse of Early Modern Food in Spain
(University of Toronto Press), contextualizes the shifts in Spain’s gastronomic history at many levels of society
and in the process explores the evolving social and cultural identity of early modern
Spain. She has published dozens of articles in leading journals including Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista canadiense de estudios hispnicos, La Perinola, and Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America and has volume chapters published in Canada, England, Spain and Serbia. Her first
book, Women of the Prologue: Imitation, Myth, and Magic in Don Quixote I, explores the significance of the women of the prologue in Don Quijote I and Cervantes's impact on the pressing question of literary continuation and cultural
authority in Golden Age Spain. She has also published a critical edition of Quevedo's
El buscn and has written on mythological female figures in the comedia, the role of the wife
and mother in sixteenth-century advice manuals, and the treatment of medical advise
in both women’s domestic manuals and men’s academic treatises.
With the support of an NEH fellowship she is currently working on a critical edition
and translation of Francisco Martnez Montio’s 1611 cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelera, vizcochera y conservera [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving].