Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies

B.A. - University of Virginia; M.A. - New York University in Madrid; Ph.D. - Pennsylvania State University

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.

20th anniversary photo Mark Featherly
Carolyn Nadeau is translating and testing recipes from a 17th century cookbook written by the chef of Spanish kings. Learn more.

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 hispánicos, 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 buscón 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 Martínez Montiño’s 1611 cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving].

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Course Overview: Spanish 230: Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency for Healthcare -- Professor Carolyn Nadeau talks about the class she designed and teaches as part of the Minor in Hispanic Studies for Nursing majors. Students who take the course will spend time each week in a local health clinic, working with Spanish-speaking residents to gain cultural competency and practice specialized vocabulary for body systems and public health issues.
Course Overview: Spanish 240: Spanish for Social Justice -- Professor Carolyn Nadeau talks about the intermediate Spanish class designed to increase students' cultural competency and specialized vocabulary for activities related to social justice, including employment, immigration, citizenship, and housing. As part of the class, students use their new skills weekly at Bloomington-Normal organizations supporting the Latino community.