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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 has been teaching Spanish language, literature, and culture courses at Illinois Wesleyan University since 1994. 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 Don Quijote course in Madrid during the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the novel.  Together with 14 students she lived and breathed the novel as the group learned about sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain and the amazing effect Cervantes still has on Spanish culture today.

Dr. Nadeau specializes in sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century Spanish literature. Her 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 manual, and food representation in Golden Age texts. Her current project is, Food Matters. Alonso Quijano’s Diet and the Discourse of Early Modern Food in Spain.

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