Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder
Project: Wild Theater: Staging the Margins of Culture in Baroque Spain (1588-1693)
Like many characters from folklore, the wild figure has inhabited the forests of our cultural imagination in one form or another throughout the course of recorded human history. Representations of these hairy, dangerous characters date back as long ago as ancient Mesopotamia in the Epic of Gilgamesh. My project, Wild Theater: Staging the Margins of Culture in Baroque Spain (1588-1693) explores a period in Spanish history during which theater becomes obsessed with wild folk. Manifested by the many plays casting a wild figure, this immense popularity points to heightened anxieties surrounding the conservation of social order and cultural identity during the decline of the Spanish empire.