Dr. Antonia Petro is an Associate Professor of Spanish.
Michigan State University: Ph.D., Spanish Literature 2000
Michigan State University: M.A., Spanish peninsular literature, Latin American literature 1996
University of Salamanca: B.A., English Language and Literature; Minor in Spanish Language and Literature 1994
Areas of Expertise (2)
Medieval Spanish Literature
- Renaissance Society of America
- Cervantes Society of America
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
- The Comediantes (Spanish Golden Age Drama Organization)
- Modern Language Association of America
Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature
Analysis of some of the most celebrated masterpieces of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present in their historical and cultural contexts.
Early Modern Spanish Narrative
The course analyzes narrative texts of the Early Modern period in Spain. We concentrate on social values from different centuries and concepts of heroism, love, honor and beauty. We study the ideology that produced these novels, the characters that lived in them, and how these literary figures reflected their own societies. The themes and authors are studied in their historical and cultural contexts as well as their relevance to works of literature in other centuries.
Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quijote
The course analyzes different texts by the Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes. We concentrate on the figure of the visionary and the anti-hero, what they meant in their time and how they are represented in the selected texts. The themes are studied in their historical and cultural context as well as their relevance to works of literature in other centuries.
The course analyzes the trends and issues in Spanish film after Franco. We focus principally on developments in the last two decades. We study topics such as gender, sexuality and social values in the Spanish movies and explore popular genres like the comedy. Our purpose is to find the representation of individual, social and cultural identities in the different films, and analyze the social context that generated them.
Early Modern Drama and Poetry
The course concentrates on the topics of love, honor and death in Golden Age Spanish society and how they are represented in the selected texts. We discuss if there is a strong dependence between them or, on the contrary, if they contradict one another. We also analyze how the ambiguity of these universal concepts allowed Golden Age authors to manipulate them in their works, leaving it to us to find out their real meaning and implications in the different texts.
“El fallido ritual sacrificial en La Numancia de Cervantes”. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 82, 6 (2005); pp. 753-772.
“Sexo y mañas: la supervivencia de las pícaras”. Hispanic Journal 26, 1-2 (2005); pp. 35-50.
“La tradición de la mujer monstruo en Grisel y Mirabella”. Crítica Hispánica 29, 1-2 (2007); pp. 213-233.
Pretending made true. Translation of Lope de Vega’s Lo fingido verdadero. Performed at the Catholic Theater Conference at Loyola Marymount University (Fall 2008).
“En busca de la bruja del XVII español”. Hispanic Studies in Honor of Robert L. Fiore. Ed. Chad Gasta. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2009. 407-429.
“La locura del mundo que amenaza al Quijote”. Hispanic Journal 24, 1-2 (2003); pp. 23-39.
“Mujer contra mujer: La derrota final femenina en Los pazos de Ulloa”. Proceedings of the 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 12-15, 2003: First Annual Conference. CD-ROM. West Oahu: University of Hawaii, 2003.
“El chivo expiatorio sustitutorio: El castigo sin venganza”. Bulletin of the Comediantes 55.1 (2003); pp. 23-46.
"La Violencia en El Señor Presidente ". Tropos 25 (1999); pp.21-36