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Isidro J. Rivera

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2636
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Isidro J. Rivera received his B.A. from Columbia University and has earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

His principal area of research is medieval narrative, with a special emphasis on the literature of fifteenth-century Spain. He has edited with Donna Rogers a critical edition and study of the Historia de la doncella Teodor (Binghamton, NY: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, 2000). Presently, Rivera is finishing a study of the impact of print culture on devotional literature during the reign of the Isabel de Castilla. A participant in NEH Summer Institute on the Alfonsine Contributions to Medieval Spanish Literature and Culture sponsored by the University of Kentucky, Rivera has finished an edition of the Brussels exemplar of the Historia de la Linda Melosina (Toulouse, 1489). Rivera has organized special sessions on the Libro de buen amorCárcel de amor, and Celestina for the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His publications on medieval literature have appeared in Journal of Hispanic Philology, Modern Language Notes, Celestinesca, and Hispanic Review. He has co-authored with Kimberly Nance Técnicas de composición (Houghton, Mifflin, 2003). Rivera has directed the University of Kansas Program in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, and the Kansas Spanish Summer Language Institute, Barcelona. A member of the MLA, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Studies, IMANA,  and the Medieval Association of the Midwest, Rivera is the current Managing Editor of La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures and serves on the Executive Committee, MLA Division on Spanish Medieval Language and Literature, and on the Editorial Board of The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World (Brill). He is a recipient of a Cramer Award in recognition of excellence in teaching.


Age of Isabel de Castilla, History of the Book, Visual Culture of Medieval Iberia, Hispano-Arabic-Jewish-Christian Interactions in Medieval Iberia, Literacy and Reading Practices in the Middle Ages, Alfonsine Studies, Affective Devotion in Late Medieval Castile


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