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Patricia W. Manning

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2634
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Patricia W. Manning received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.   She has a wide range of research interests in early modern Spanish literature, including sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose and drama, emblems, the Inquisition and the Society of Jesus.  

Her book, Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain: Inquisition, Social Criticism and Theology in the Case of El Criticón (Brill, 2009) examines the manner in which clerics like Baltasar Gracián negotiated inquisitorial strictures.  Her 2012 article in Bulletin of Spanish Studies analyzes Gracián’s request to depart from the Society of Jesus.   She also has published articles on the Quijote, Spanish dream culture, the Society of Jesus, the illustration tradition of “El coloquio de los perros” and teaching Lazarillo de Tormes.

She is working on two book projects, Taste and Economics in the Age of the Inquisition: Publishing and Consuming Novella Collections in Early Modern Madrid and Bad (and Good) Boys of the Society of Jesus: The Jesuits and Their Texts.  Her research has been supported by the Bibliographical Society of America, a Franklin Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society and a Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grant from the Renaissance Society of America.  Her current research also includes several clusters of articles: on rewritings of early modern Spanish literature in the twentieth century, and on early modern Spanish booksellers.     

With Jonathan P. Lamb (English), she co-directs the Early Modern Seminar at the Hall Center for the Humanities.  


Early modern Spain, religious culture, book and visual culture, teaching the seventeenth century at a variety of language levels


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